10 essential Halloween party jams… It’s that time of the year when some of us are getting themselves ready to celebrate the All Hallows’ Day as a tribute to all Saints, but also in memory of our beloved departed (although this should be on Nov. 2 for the latter). And the day before (on Oct. 31), we’ll be attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’lanterns… Playing divination games, telling scaring stories. When not watching horror films. And eventually participating to the religious obervances of All Hallow’s Eve. From attending church services to lighting candles on the graves of the dead. Meanwhile, some of us will abstain from meat and go for apples, potato pancakes and soul cakes for the occasion. With all of this as a part of the Halloween festivities…
(*) Halloween, or Hallowe’en (a contraction of All Hallows’ Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day.
The word “Halloween” or “Hallowe’en” dates to about 1745 and is of Christian origin. The word “Hallowe’en” means “hallowed evening” or “holy evening”. It comes from a Scottish term for All Hallows’ Eve (the evening before All Hallows’ Day). In Scots, the word “eve” is even, and this is contracted to “e’en” or “een”. Over time, (All) Hallow(s) E(v)en evolved into Hallowe’en. Although the phrase “All Hallows'”, found in Old English “All Hallows’ Eve” is itself not seen until 1556 (* Wikipedia).
So here we are, ready to celebrate and eventually party with a bunch of selected tracks. Like usual, our selection is far from being exhaustive. Meaning that we most likely have got enough for a part 2 of the likes.
With thanks to Disco Soul Gold head Gary Van den Bussche for sharing the duties. Wishing you all a happy Halloween!
History and therefore arts are full of references to reputedly abnormality. Such as magic, fantasmagoria or whatsoever, not to mention the darkest side of the things. This showing up as to how humanity has always been fascinated by the supposedly irrational. As many things that Michael Jackson has perfectly recaptured in the atmosphere of ‘Thriller’ as enhanced by its video clip directed by John Landis. One of the biggest successes ever written by the late Rod Temperton. A song which was initially suggested with different titles which Jackson refused on his will to appeal to kids… MFSB
Whodini stand among the first groups to have generated a high-profile national following for Hip-Hop. Formed in Brooklyn, NY back in 1981 by the reunion of lyricist Jalil Hutchins, co-vocalist John Fletcher aka Ecstasy and turntablist artist DJ Drew Carter aka Grandmaster Dee. Managed by Russell Simons, they signed with Jive Records in 1982 and released their self-titled debut-LP the year after. Produced by Willesden Dodgers, its opening track – ‘The Haunted House Of Rock’ – is a Halloween-themed jam that still gets played in some clubs nowadays.
Taken from ‘Escape’, their second album, the Larry Smith produced ‘The Freaks Come Out At Night’ sort of takes on where ‘The Haunted House Of Rock’ left. It stands among their biggest classics along with ‘Magic’s Wand’ produced by Thomas Dolby, and ‘Five Minutes Of Funk’.
The first Hip-Hop album to chart in the U.S. top 40, ‘Escape’ heavily contributed to the group’s rising to fame during the following years. GVdB
Unlike what many of us may think, the Peter Green penned ‘Black Magic Woman’ was first sung by Fleetwood Mac. Released as a single by the beginning of Spring 1968 and included in their ‘English Rose’ album. It would nevertheless get to higher recognition 2 years later and eventually become one of Santana‘s most popular cuts ever. Taken from their ‘Abraxas’ album which was conceived as a medley, it’s has been built in a way different approach, integrating parts of Gábor Szabó‘s 1966 instrumental ‘Gypsy Queen’. Therefore making the perfect transition between ‘Singing Winds, Crying Beats’ and ‘Oye Como Va’, with Gregg Rolie‘s vocal performance standing as the icing on the cake. MFSB
Lookin’ back at her career, Chicago-born Yvonne Gage did more of backing vocals than things under her own banner. Remembered for her collabs with luminaries such as Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald and Kindred The Family Soul, she released what would be her one and only album – ‘Virginity’ – back in 1984 on Indie label Chicago International Music. This is where we catch her along with this hit answer back version that used to mix into Michael Jackson‘s ‘Thriller’ at the time…
Yvonne Gage is also remembered for her debut-single – ‘Garden On Eve’ released back in 1981 on RFC/Atlantic. GVdB