Every year around this time, drugstores, teacher’s aides and oldies stations resurrect the classic “spooky” playlist — “Monster Mash,” “Thriller,” the (da da da DUMMP) Addams Family theme. But what about the songs that feel genuinely, viscerally dark?
A Music Mix office poll yielded a few easy picks: Eminem’s brutal murder fantasy “Kim,” Nirvana’s version of Leadbelly’s “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”, Alice Cooper (“Welcome to My Nightmare” — before it went to the Muppets), Nick Cave (a lot, really, but let’s start with “Red Right Hand”), Sufjan Stevens’ portrait of clown-faced serial boy-murderer “John Wayne Gacy,” and Neko Case’s of the Green River killer, “Deep Red Bells.” Also: “Basically any version of ‘Long Black Veil.’“
Give us your best below; we’ll get you started with Metallica’s “One,” featuring mad-creepy excerpts from the 1971 anti-war film Johnny Got His Gun:
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