Horror (or rather "shock") has had a long and rather fruitful relationship with punk rock. Many of the classic bands of the genre have touched upon the topic, whether addressing human horrors, fantasy/science fiction, Reaganomics, or even All Hallow's Eve itself.
Even the Misfits made a career out of the night, before becoming a parody of itself. With so many songs to pick from, here are ten we find most appropriate to scare off those pesky trick-or-treaters, but we encourage you to add your picks in the comments below.
Now make sure you get the razor blades all the way into those chocolate bars!
12. Siouxsie and the Banshees - "Halloween"
Starting off as a punk rock band and carting itself through some reinventions that saw New Romantic leanings, post-punk pioneering, and even Gothic rock, Siouxsie Sioux was an iconic goddess, a modern-day witch, an enchantress on the microphone. While any track of the Juju album will do, this one is simply perfect.
11. Groovie Ghoulies - "(She's My) Vampire Girl"
Taking its cue from the short-lived animated show The Groovie Goolies, Sacramento's Groovie Ghoulies dropped the Universal monsters theme and took up a cute approach to horror punk that landed it within that '90s Lookout! Records Ramones' influenced explosion. Always an enjoyable bunch, and catchy too!
10. Dead Kennedys - "Halloween"
"You're dressed up like a clown/Putting on your act/It's the only time all year/You ever admit that."
It's hard to believe that Jello Biafra could've had that much insight into what the future held when he penned the lyrics to this song back in 1982. "Sexy Ebola Nurse" costume anyone?
9. The Cramps - "Surfin' Dead"
Now that the TV show The Walking Dead has moved on significantly from its comic book beginnings, the creators of the show owe the world a zombie surfing scene, because in a world populated by zombies, why the fuck not? And this song better play for the entire scene. They can even get clever and dress one of the undead like Robert Duvall's character in Apocalypse Now.
8. The Ramones - "Pet Sematary"
Not only are the Ramones awesome but Stephen King is awesome too.
Love it or leave it, in its own right the band has been master of its genre. So when the Ramones -- one of King's favorite bands -- was commissioned to soundtrack the film by the same name, it would've been a sad day in both Maine and New York if it didn't come to fruition.
7. World/Inferno Friendship Society - "The Devil's Ball"
In this darkest of dark nights, fueled by the sugars of free candies, one must warn the children of the seductive powers of satan and his evil minions. So if your child runs away to join a cabaret punk circus... it was the devil's doing and that's a fact!
6. The Freeze - "Halloween Night"
These long-running punkers were always a little bit on the dark side, even by New England standards but hey, that was Cape Cod in the late '70s, right?
Still at it since 1978, this gem hails from the band's 1982 EP Guilty Face.
5. Misfits - "Halloween I & II"
Say what you'll say about the Misfits, but before they forgot who they were, they were the horror punk rock band. Armed with Glenn Danzig's encyclopedic knowledge of all things horror, the Misfits will forever hold a place within the annals of American punk rock.
4. Samhain - "All Murder All Guts All Fun"
After getting himself out of Dodge, Danzig's next outfit, Samhain, really tweaked up the horror into the spectrum that led many to question if the eternal cat lover knew this was all in the realm of fantasy. While they would get more sophisticated in sound and eventual morph into the Danzig band, this track off the Initium album is Samhain at its youthful best.
3. The Damned - "Video Nasty"
The dearly departed Rik Mayall was absolutely right when he said that "only pop music" could save them. How appropriate then that the Damned and its song would be the musical guest and track of choice for the Young Ones' Halloween special.
How terrifying those pesky South African vampires must've been in the apartheid age. Some could argue that Lemmy's moles in the "Bambi" episode were more horrifying but that would just be being a dick, no?
2. Anal Cunt - "My Woman, My Lover, My Friend"
There couldn't be anything more terrible in the world than Seth Putnam singing a love song.
This was pulled in a rusty bucket from the well where nightmares are made and demons spend their seed. My fingers are trembling already. And who could possibly be to blame for this musical travesty? Blowfly drummer and New Times contributor Tom Bowker.
Before his days helming the funk parodist, Bowker's label Off the Records gave this to the world, Anal Cunt's Picnic of Love.
1. Blowfly - "Blowfly's ABC's"
Since he's an honorary punk rocker by this point, Blowfly's ode to the vagina is a perfect track to terrify the neighborhood with. "Zombie pussy." That's all you need to know.
Have a safe and happy Halloween!
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