Songs for Halloween: The Nightmare Before Christmas (covers)

Brian Hugh Warner has made an awfully big career for someone with slightly less talent than Madonna. Still, he does at least have a distinctive voice, which is generally put to best use as a kind of reverse Rockabye Baby – making pleasingly unpleasant versions of popular tunes. Marilyn Manson’s version of Gary Numan’s Down In The Park was fun, and his I Put A Spell On You worked in the context of a David Lynch soundtrack. So surely a Danny Elfman cover should be a no-brainer, right?

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What’s your favorite month? (7 scary movies for October)

Another random question from WordPress.

We’re over halfway through it, and what an October it’s been! It began with a searing heatwave, and is only now doing what it’s supposed to: being lightly chilly with fluffy mist in the morning and cool, bracing sunshine in the afternoon. October is fun – all the leaves turn pretty colours and are crispy and crunchy to trample underfoot in leather boots. It’s that glorious time before it gets that miserable kind of cold where the air is always damp.

I love October. Once my birthday – which coincides neatly with Hallowe’en – is over, there’s the last of the toffee apples and trick-or-treating to dispense with before we can look forward to Bonfire Night, and – eventually – Christmas. October is as much about anticipation as January is a sullen anticlimax. Snug, blanket-clad indulgence in seasonal fruits, hot spicy drinks and scary movies … Continue reading