It's officially October: cue the handful of predictable songs reserved for Halloween every year!
No disrespect to MJ's "Thriller," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," or Bobby Pickett's "Monster Mash," but we're a little tired of the typical "spooky" jams, so we found some alternatives.
Here's our Top 10 picks of indie songs to add to your Halloween playlist. (Bonus: numbers 1, 2, 8, and 9 are songs from bands from California).
1. The Mummies – "The House on the Hill"
You may want to play this instrumental (on repeat) for trick-or-treaters this year.
2. Queen Kwong – "Cold Daggers"
Even this music video — from L.A.'s badass Queen Kwong — is spooky.
3. The Postmarks – "Every Day Is Halloween"
If you're a fan of new wave synthpop, you'll love the original song by Ministry even more.
4. The Kills – "Superstition"
Alison Mosshart's breathy vocals will help you justify your sexy Halloween costume this year.
5. The King Khan N BBQ Show – "Zombies"
If you don't like this garage rock song, well… "I don't give a fuuuuuuck!"
6. The Radiacs – "She's My Witch"
This rockabilly cover of Kip Tyler's 1958 underrated original will make you want to shake your pompadour.
7. Electric Tickle Machine – "Bones"
This indie rock band from NYC knows a lot about creating catchy songs and very little about creating a decent band name.
8. The Cramps – "Human Fly"
The top YouTube comment from David Wiseman says it all: "Sounds like something you hear at the beginning of a Tarantino movie."
9. The Growlers – "Graveyard's Full"
This song from Costa Mesa's "beach goth" band is equal parts scary and political.
10. A Spectre Is Haunting Europe – "Future Forensics"
You had us at "mandible."