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Halloween Tips and Tricks

In the wonderful world of Science Fiction, we (the living) have created a number of ways to re-animate the non-living. Radiation, pathogens, parasites, vectors, scientific accidents and even being bitten and infected by zombie carriers.

As for the popularity of our brain-starved ancestors, the 1929 book The Magic Island got things started in the U.S. followed by films in the 1930s including White Zombie starring Bela Lugosi. More recent that that were all the Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead films of the 70s and 80s and then of course modern TV shows like The Walking Dead. Thankfully many of our favorite rockers also embraced the undead world and here are a few of my personal favorites.

Zombie Stomp – Ozzy Osbourne:   This is a great song anytime. The slow, stalking buildup leading to Zakk Wylde’s rip your head off power riffage is pure delight. And besides, it’s Ozzy Osbourne! And you just can’t enjoy Halloween without Ozzy.

Zombie Stomp

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Zombie Stomp · Ozzy Osbourne No More Tears (Expanded Edition) ℗ 1991 Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Released on: 2014-09-22 Guitar: Zakk Wilde Drums, Composer, Lyricist: Randy Castillo Keyboards: John Sinclair Composer, Lyricist: Zakk Wylde Bass: Bob Daisley Bass: Michael Inez Engineer, Producer: Duane Baron Engineer, Producer: John Purdell Assistant Engineer: Mike Bosley Mixing Engineer: Michael Wagener Auto-generated by YouTube.

Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie:   The lyrics include the passage: “Raping the geek – And hustling the freak. Like a hunchback juice – On a sentimental noose. Operation filth – They love to love the wealth. Of an S.S. whore – Making scary sounds” What in the holy hell! I have a feeling that only makes sense to Mr. Zombie himself and the occasional dead girls of which he sings.

Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl (Official Video)

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Zombie Woof – Frank Zappa:   Frank provides the ultimate example of music that requires an acquired taste. His unparalleled musical genius mixed with a sharp sense of humor and those ever so twisted lyrics like: “Have you ever waked up in the morning with a Zombie Woof behind your eyes?…Just about as evil as you can be.” Zappa’s greatest asset might just be that he never ever cared what anybody thought about him or his art. “I’m Telling you all the zombie truth, here I’m is…the Zombie Woof” purposely terrible English, yet still so delicious.

Frank Zappa - Zomby Woof

Frank Zappa - Zomby Woof, from Over-Nite Sensation, a studio album by Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, released in 1973. Listen to Over-Nite Sensation full album stream here: Subscribe to Rockin' Hits for more great rock n' roll, classic rock, alternative rock & more:

Dead Bite – Hollywood Undead:   I’m hooked right from the opening line of “Good Night, Sleep Tight don’t let the dead bite” follow that up with the creepiest line ever “I Know that we have never really met before, but tell me does this rag smell like chloroform?” Talk about getting right to the point. Where is the sinister laugh when we need it?

Hollywood Undead - Dead Bite

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Children of the Grave – Black Sabbath:   Its not as scary as it sounds. The song is actually about activism. It is a warning that if you do not stand up against corruption…you will die. Your dreams and freedoms will die…thus we will become the Children of the Grave.

Black Sabbath - Children Of The Grave/Embryo

Children Of The Grave and Embryo as it's intro by Black Sabbath from their Master Of Reality album. On a few occasions, they would play it live like this so enjoy!

Zombie Zoo – Tom Petty:   Yes, TP has a fun Halloween song that even makes reference to Boris Karloff…It falls way more in the silly side than haunted or scary side, but I’ll take it anyway.

Zombie Zoo

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Zombie Zoo · Tom Petty Full Moon Fever ℗ 1989 Geffen Records Released on: 1989-01-01 Producer, Associated Performer, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocalist: Jeff Lynne Producer: Tom Petty Producer, Associated Performer, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Keyboards: Mike Campbell Associated Performer, Background Vocalist: Roy Orbison Associated Performer, Voice: Kelsey Campbell Associated Performer, Drums, Percussion: Phil Jones Composer Lyricist: Tom Petty Composer Lyricist: Jeff Lynne Auto-generated by YouTube.

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