10 Songs Too Scary for Halloween
7. Snoop Doggy Dogg, "Murder Was the Case"
This anguished, wailing slab of G-funk from Snoop's immortal Doggystyle was harrowing enough already with its tale of the rapper being killed, going to hell and making a deal with the devil to return. But it took on a much heavier sense of menace a year after its release when Snoop and Dr. Dre produced an 18-minute cinematic version of the track while Snoop was actually facing murder charges. The film was explicitly inspired by the trial and trafficked heavily in the attendant street cred.
In addition to making a lyrical pact with the father of evil, Snoop Dogg was apparently laughing in the face of justice! It was frightening, controversial stuff way back when the Doggfather was one of white America's most feared gangsters, rather than one of its most beloved pimps.
6. Violent Femmes, "Country Death Song"
"Country Death Song" doesn't start off very frightening; it's just some simple guitar pickin' and brushwork on the drums with countrified crooning. But the lyrics get dark in a hurry, detailing a dirt farmer's murder of his daughter and then a good, old-fashioned suicide. Cheery stuff! Once the killing begins, the music gets frenetic and unhinged in a way not a lot of "country" songs I've ever heard have. It's about as spooky as a banjo gets, I reckon.
5. Pig Destroyer, "Jennifer/Cheerleader Corpses"
Grindcore can be many things. It can be snotty, disgusting, brutal or even funny -- often at the same time. On Pig Destroyer's 2001 opus Prowler in the Yard, however, the typically irreverent genre gets downright frightening, with the tone set by the ultra-creepy leadoff track "Jennifer." A featureless robot voice recounts the tale of a sexualized, cannabilistic teenage lesbian, or... something, before the band's razorblade guitars and ear-piercing shrieks make the horror real.
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