Monday, October 30, 2006

Groovie Ghoulies

"It's in the trees, it's coming..."
Castle FiL, 30 Oct 2006

Ah, it's the night before Halloween, and round Castle FiL we are all set for tomorrows tricks and treats. The front garden and walkway has been festooned with webs, the bushes are a-crawling with arachnids, a disembodied wraith head leers from a skeletal tree, and what the children affectionately call the "devil zombie" is leaning over the garden wall in anticipation of snaring a juicy Hansel or Gretel in search of candy. And inside the castle, Family FiL are sharpening their cutlasses and polishing their jackboots as they prepare to mercilessly roam the neighbourhood en masse in search of plunder and a head or two to hang from the mizzenmast...

On top of all this macabre merriment, Dearest Tim has decided to release this week's Contrast Podcast a day early! Hooray! The theme for the thirty-first episode is "Music To Watch Ghouls By," suggested by myself to mark the season. But what has me all in a tizz is that through the magic of modern technology, Tim & I actually did the intro together! And if you listen very carefully, Dear Friends, you will hear my Dearest, Darling Wife provide a cameo appearance. It was fortunate that she is suffering from a cold - it added much to the performance.

The 'cast itself is a true grimoire of ghastly tunes, so do huddle behind the safety of your sofa and prepare to listen all a-tremble. You can download the podcast through this direct link to Hell or subscribe to this atrocity and future podcasts using this RSS feed:

Be afraid, be very afraid...

(00:00) The Crewnecks - Rockin’ Zombie
FiL from Pogoagogo

(04:22) The Pogues - Worms
Lyle from Mentok the Mindtaker

(05:20) Frank Black - Theme from One Step Beyond
Brian from The Rant

(08:15) The Misfits - Last caress
Simon from You can call me Betty

(10:47) The Coral - Skeleton Key
Jim from Sessions of Breakfast

(14:07) Klaxons - Atlantis to Interzone
Kip from Hip to be square

(19:08) Moimir Papalescu & the Nihilists - 5 long knives
ZB from So the wind won’t blow it all away

(23:05) Death in Vegas - Aisha
Tim from FunFunFun

(29:59) Voltaire - Brains!
Bethanne from CTASLS

(35:52) The Ramones - Pet Cemetary
Alex (who doesn’t have a website!)

(40:03) Guillemots - She’s evil
Marcy from Lost in your inbox

(43:55) Tenhi - Salain
Marcos from Mindboosternoori

(49:01) Hole - Berry (Live)
Fraser from BKLYN Song of the Day

(52:18) Bert Convy - The monster’s hop
Ross from Just Gimme Indie Rock

(55:00) The Movielife - Scary
Andy from Circles of Concrete

(58:32) The Gorgonites - Holloween
Spoodles from Robot hand is the future

This week I had great difficulty in selecting a tune, as I have many fiendish tracks in my crypt. Truth be told, I was surprised not to see more (any?) gothic offerings amongst the contributions. Perhaps it was too obvious a (flat) field to plow? Ah, might as well throw a couple into the also-ran list...

Ministry - Every Day Is Halloween (buy here)
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Peek-a-Boo (buy here)
Mortiis - Parasite God (buy here)
Alien Sex Fiend - Now I'm Feeling Zombiefied (buy here)
Bauhaus - In the Flat Field (buy here or e-here)
Christian Death - Spiritual Cramp (buy here)
Cradle of Filth - From the Cradle to Enslave (buy here or e-here)
The Mummies - You Must Fight to Live on the Planet of the Apes(buy here)
Jack & Jim - The Midnight Monster's Hop (buy here )
The Cramps - Goo Goo Muck (buy here)

For next week's theme, Tim has gone all contemplatve and set the themes as "When?" So dig around for song titles with that interrogative in the title or artist name, and follow these easy directions to participate.

And so, Dear Friends, I hope this marks the start of my clawback towards a semblance of regular posting. After, of course, we raid the neighbourhood. Avast, me hearties! Arrrrr!!!


A. B. Chairiet said...

Happy Halloween, Fil! :)

I hope you and your family have a lot of fun tonight.

Stay safe and sound.

~ Ash

Tim Young said...

Thanks again for your work on this week's cast FiL. I hope you liked the results? It was actually Hallowen in the UK when I posted it and I thought it might be good to get it out nice and early so people could listen to it all day today!

Have a good evening with the kids. :)


Anonymous said...

Yes, the lack of gothic offerings was a bit disappointing, but your list is lovely.

Have a nice Halloween!

Mentok the Mind-taker said...

Death's always at hand.
Foolish masks, so many, drown us.
Be merry tonight.

My Halloween haiku. How'd ya like it? ;-)

I sincerely hope everyone enjoys this great night of contradictions. This night, when we are most false, we are most true. This night, when we reflect on death, we are most alive.

mjrc said...

ooh, mentok, that's very deep. : )

*smacks self upside the head* cradle of filth--dang, why didn't i think of them?

great job, everyone. and tell mrs. fil she was perfect!

T&F@tlh said...

Happy Halloween FiL,

Hope the little ones had fun out trick or treating! F went out with some school chums and got a good stock of sweets; hope you did too!


Anonymous said...

Cradle of Filth...?!? How I worry about you FiL. Should I call someone?

Bishakh said...

Cher FiL, how did the hallowe'ening go? And what did you wear? Last year I went to a party as Britannia, complete with homemade shield and helmet (had to buy a cheap plastic trident, tho) but no one remarked on this clever postcolonial joke - reclaiming the mantle of the oppressor, etc. etc.

Happy (sad?) to see Siouxsie and Bauhaus on yr list - Goth's not (un)dead! Or is it?

FiL said...

Dearest Ash, thank you. We did indeed have a most fantastically piratical evening!

Dearest Tim, thank you for giving me the opportunity. I thought the intro was a blast, as was the outtro and all the ghastly bits inbetween.

Dearest Liz, most kind of you to say. And to echo your elsewhere-posted sentiment, goth is for life, not just for Halloween...

Dearest Mentok, you are quite the closet poet-philosopher!

Dearest, Dearest T, yes we did have fun. Glad to hear F got himself a load of swag!

Dearest WAF: Too late, I fear. But can you not appreciate the campy grotesquerie of CoF? No? Oh well, that's OK...

Mon tres cher Beesh, I was Captain FiL, buccaneer extraordinaire - see subsequent posts for photographic evidence. Alas, how sad no-one got the joke. Do you think if you carried a copy of "Out of England" by Dr Aziz H. Ahmed the point would have been hammered home?