|I was a creepy kid|
This week's Twisted Mix Tape theme? Scary. Spooky. Chilling.
First up on the mix tape, an homage. Yes, that's Willem Defoe's voice. But the music and the arrangement... Lou Reed. Lou Reed passed away just a few days ago, and we all lost a treasure. A true treasure.
This may be the most frightening and unexpected song ever recorded. Tori Amos, performing an Eminem song. Sounds ridiculous, but in execution... wow. Chills.
I was a creepy kid. I dressed all in black and wrote poetry about death, wandered the streets at night in a full length hooded black cloak... you get the idea. But perhaps the creepiest of my proclivities was something I didn't even realize I was doing. You see, I'd never watched The Excorcist. I'd read it, yes, and for that reason I avoided that movie. So I had no idea what my parents must have thought when their goth 13 year old daughter spent all her time locked up in her room blasting Tubular Bells. Thinking back on that... if I were them I would have been terrified.
This song gives me chills. Maybe it's the saw, maybe it's the music box... maybe it's the subject. But this is real world darkness.
I think that an essential part of any person's college education should be staying up way, way, way too late, eating cold leftover pizza, and watching Pink Floyd's Live in Pompeii. And right when you think you might actually get to fall asleep, Roger Waters screams you back to full consciousness so that you can change your term paper into a treatise on the malevolence intrinsic to human nature.
The current reigning king of creepy- Thom York. That man has the most beautifully haunting voice. And this song is so quietly ominous and threatening. If I am ever invited to a fancy dinner party in an old, darkened Victorian house on a hill (a la Miss Havisham) and this song is playing, I will be extremely confident that I am going to die.
I love Tom Waits. I love everything he's ever done- from Alice to Mystery Men. And let me tell you about creepy music... nobody, but nobody, does it quite like Tom Waits.
When it comes to terrifying combinations of sound and imagery... this might be the most terrifying song ever recorded. Maybe. Thanks to this music video, the sight of Richard D. James' face is enough to give me nightmares. Fifteen years later.
This song all by itself isn't exactly terrifying. But the thing is, the whole album is tied inexorably to a book- House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski. It's one of the most chilling, disturbing books I have ever read. It's a work of suspense GENIUS. And the brilliant musician behind Poe is his sister- and wrote her entire album- Haunted- as a sort of companion to the book. If you haven't read it before, read it now. Really. I can't recommend it highly enough.
Last but not least, Porcupine Tree.
I don't say this often, but I think this song speaks for itself.
Happy Halloween. :)