The Monster Mix: Our Top 5 Halloween Songs
Updated: Oct 29, 2021
In myth, Werewolves are known to emerge during nights of the full moon. During these lunar phases, the night sky illuminates the ground well enough for Werewolves to hunt down and consume their human prey. When the full moon disappears, so do these hairy monsters.
Once in awhile, such as on October 31st of 2020, Halloween lands on the night of a full moon. This is considered the most dangerous time for most people. It is a time when many trick-or-treaters are themselves disguised as monsters and ghouls, making it much easier for Werewolves to lurk invisibly amongst their human victims.
The good news is that a Halloween night and a full moon won't again coincide until the year 2039. Until then, Halloween-goers will remain safe from the threat of Werewolf attacks.
Below is our list of Top 5 Halloween Songs of thought-provoking and goosebump-raising proportions. Enjoy!
Werewolves Of London | Warren Zevon
Released January 18, 1978
Werewolves of London is an American rock song composed by Warren Zevon, Waddy Wachtel and Lee Roy Parnell. The song was released in 1978 and with tongue-in-cheek, implies that werewolves crave more than the taste of human flesh. Indeed, the song speaks of a Werewolf that is intent on acquiring “a big dish of beef chow mein” and is spotted wandering the streets of SOHO, in search of a Chinese restaurant called Lee Ho Fooks (the restaurant exists in real life).
Released October 29, 2013
When it comes to monsters, some people more closely identify with those that exist internally, within themselves. These types of Monsters are the non-physical parts that most would call socially objectionable. As a result, some will seek to hide these inner demons from others. However, these inner monsters invariably make their presence known to others, in non-visible and behavioural ways. In our society, these manifestations of internal monsters are labelled as Mental Illness.
In more archaic times, people with Mental Illness were institutionalized. But these days, people are starting to recognize that Monsters can lurk within us all, with the only difference being that some monsters remain dormant and/or more invisible to ourselves and to others.
Our increased acceptance of Mental Illness has led to greater understanding, respect and tolerance of those with afflicted non-physical disabilities. There are even those who advocate against the stigmatization of it, including entities such as the The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). With Halloween just around the corner, NAMI warns that costumes depicting mentally ill people in a bad or scary way contributes to the perpetuation of social stigma surrounding those with mental illness. For that reason, trick-or-treaters are asked to be mindful of the characters that they portray.
That being said, there should be opportunities for people to safely express their views on Mental Illness. This includes those who represent their inner Monsters through the use of palettes and canvas, or those who pursue outlets through the forms of writing and songwriting. For example, in 2013, American rapper Eminem released a song called The Monster. Just in time for Halloween, this reflective piece was released on October 29th and in it, Eminem confesses aloud that he might be “goin' coo-coo,” in need of a psychiatrist. The lyrics speak of how Eminem uses his art of wordsmithing as a coping mechanism to “blow steam.”
If you are looking for mental health support, please know that you are not alone. Help is just around the corner.
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3. MUSICAL PEOPLE EATERS
Released May 1958
Sometimes Monsters visit us in the form of Aliens. When they come down from other planets, are we adequately equipped to deal with their visits? Though many stories circulate over the visiting of such aliens, there isn't enough evidence to convince the mainstream population of alien existence. Despite the lack of overwhelming alien evidence, songs on the subject are written abound, including a lighthearted tune called The Purple People Eater.
Known for its silliness and catchy melody, this novelty song was written and performed by American actor Sheb Wooley. The tune skyrocketed to fame in a short period of time and since its 1958 release, has contributed to the shaping of pop culture. The song and title has appeared in various forms, including in books, on T-Shirts, as a movie and motion picture soundtrack, as a real life Corvette race car and much more.
It's been said that the son of Wooley's long time friend, Don Robertson, shared a riddle asking “What has one eye, one horn, and eats purple people?” After hearing the joke, Sheb Wooley went on to write The Purple People Eater. Many are not aware of this song's rumoured influence and, as a result, visualize the alien itself as being purple. However, it is actually purple people that the Monster consumes. That being said, it is entirely possible that the monster itself acquires a purple colour in result to eating purple people. After all, in our Animal Kingdom, Flamingos are born the colour gray. Their plumes only turn rose pink after a long time of dining on their favoured meal of pink-coloured brine shrimp.
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4. SPOOKY SPIES
Those familiar with the novel 1984, written by George Orwell, might agree that paranoia can sometimes be a good and healthy attribute to possess. The storyline revolves around tension created by having its characters exist in a world where every citizen's actions are under surveillance and their every transgression punishable by law. In the novel, spies and enforcers lurk everywhere, and there is great need for mistrust amongst all the story's characters.
The year 1984 is also when the song Somebody's Watching Me was aptly released. The song's lyrics express the overwhelming sense of being spied on, and they describe how the lines can blur between where a person mistrusts others, and where a person mistrusts his or her own self.
The song was written and performed by American singer Rockwell. Everybody knows the sound of Michael Jackson's voice, and those familiar with Somebody's Watching Me will recognize MJ as a featured singer of the song.
The song was an enormous hit. It transcended cultural and geographical boundaries, emerging on the top song charts of places like Belgium, France, Spain, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States.
The next time you are watching television, know that it's not uncommon to wonder if someone from the screen is staring back. And the next time you sense a presence when there should be none, know that #YouAreNotAlone.
5. MISCHIEVIOUS MISFITS
Leave it to a snappy song and a powerhouse group of female singers to educate us on how refreshing it can be to fall in love with a mischievous misfit. The song tells us how, against the better judgment of family and friends, nothing seems more preferable than the experience of chasing love, with a monster.
Performed by the musical act Fifth Harmony and written by a variety of composers, the song I'm in Love with a Monster was written for a 2015 computer-animated movie entitled Transylvania 2. The movie centers on a young male who is half human and half vampire. The boy has reached the age of 5 and still exhibits no signs of vampirical traits. Because the boy maintains a tendency towards more human traits, movie watchers may pause to wonder whether it might be the human side, or the monster side, that may be most alluring to a lover of mischievous misfits.