Danny Elfman wrote the quintessential Halloween carol, “This is Halloween” for Tim Burton’s smash hit movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Every nerd knows the original. A lot of us have heard the song covered by the sicko whom is never mentioned. How excellent it is to have this new version — and a LIVE one at that.
I had never heard of the band, Broken Peach, until today. I suspect this track has gained them a lot of new fans since they first published this video in 2015. I love that they set up in a “dreary forest” and put on skull make-up. The supporting floor tom drums are the perfect finishing touch. BRAVO!
Redbone released the song in 1971 as a single and on an the LP Message from a Drum. Band members and brothers Pat and Lolly Vegas wrote the song combining elements of Southern Swamp-Rock, Native Folk-Rock and Funk.
Redbone was the first all Native American band to reach number one on a singles chart in any country and it was with this song. “Witch Queen” reached number one in Belgium. It hit number two on the UK Singles chart. It got to 15 in Canada but only 21 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA.
The song is believed to be about a 19th century Voodoo practitioner named Marie Leveau. Because of the subject matter, the song has become a favorite for Halloween celebrations in the US, UK and Canada.
Here we see a non-official video for the song created by a television pop music chart show from Bremen, West Germany.
I am NOT talking about the Rocky Horror Picture show! I love Rocky, but I recently discovered that he appeared in a motion picture called The Worst Witch in 1986. He played the role of The Grand Wizard.
Here is a scene from that movie where he sings a fetching number about Halloween night.
The image below is a poster that promoted the movie.
This classic track by The Who was not intended to be specifically for Halloween celebration, but in the last two decades, it has been subsumed into the ever growing Halloween music repertoire. Check out the cool spidery cover art for the single. Also, did you know that most spiders people encounter are female? Assuming they are males is the old way. I don’t think that The Who were intending to be sexist of course, but maybe she should be Natasha, The Spider!