My Halloween Playlist 2K15

These are just some of the songs I’ve had stuck in my head for the past few days trying to hype myself up for Halloween. None of the usual, over-played standbys here, so maybe you’ll find something new.

1) “The Legend (2007)” by Steve Cook and Don Julin
Inspired by historical accounts of Dogmen — upright-standing wolves the size of men, often with human hands and glowing red eyes — “The Legend” was originally recorded and played as an April Fool’s Day joke by Michigan disc jockey Steve Cook in the Spring of 1987. To Cook’s amazement, “The Legend” became his station’s most requested song that year, and it wasn’t long before listeners called in to relate their own strange encounters… This is the fourth iteration of that song, and my personal favorite. The mandolinist straight murders it.

2) “The Sigma Story (2012)” by Steve Cook and Jordan Anderson
While “The Legend” was based at least partly in fact, its follow-up, “The Sigma Story”, was not. On the origins of the song, Cook explains, “Looking at a map of Northwest Michigan, I selected a small dot in Kalkaska County called Sigma, and drove… to see the town. Oddly, there was no town.” In the song, he fictitiously attributes this disappearance to a dogman attack. This is the re-recording from 2012.

3) “Swamp Witch” by Jim Stafford

4) “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” by The Charlie Daniels Band

5) “Fouke Monster” by Billy Cole and the Fouke Monsters
Lampoons the Fouke Monster, or Beast of Boggy Creek, a bipedal Bigfoot-like creature reported to inhabit the creeks and bottomland hardwood forests of Southern Arkansas.

6) “The Darkest Side of the Night” by Peter Fredette
From Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989).

7) “Nightmare” by 213
From A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

8) “His Eyes” by Pseudo Echo
From Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985).

9) “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell
Guest vocals by Michael Jackson. Heard this for the first time a few days ago at the zoo. Still can’t believe I never knew of it sooner.

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