10 Songs Too Scary for Halloween
4. Aphex Twin, "Come to Daddy"
Evil techno genius Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin, was never sharper or scarier than on 1997's "Come to Daddy," a deliciously demented little tune that's damn difficult for anyone who's heard it to forget. As if the harsh, distressed sounds blasting out of his audio outputs weren't freaky enough, James coupled the tune with one of the creepiest music videos ever made, featuring his own face transposed onto violent, nearly feral children in some sort of post-apocalyptic version of right now. "I will eat your soul," snarled the composer, and we believed him.
3. Black Sabbath, "Black Sabbath"
In truth, very few heavy-metal songs are intended to be scary. Despite the demonic trappings, metal's stock and trade is power fantasies, not fear. There are notable exceptions, however -- including the chilling song that kicked off the entire movement. Inspired by the long lines of people waiting to see scary movies, British blues-rockers Earth decided to try out the aural equivalent of a Hammer horror picture.
The result was "Black Sabbath," a doomy, atmospheric track built upon a tritone, the spooky interval once derided by 18th-century composers as diabolus in musica -- the devil in music. Before long, Earth changed their name to match the song, and it remains a staple of Black Sabbath's live show today.
2. Suicide, "Frankie Teardrop"
Electronic proto-punks Suicide delivered an evocative, pulsing slice of existential terror in 1977 with "Frankie Teardrop," one of those great songs you only want to listen to once. The spoken-word lyrics detail a desperate man's murder-suicide, with the titular Frankie blowing away his wife and infant child before catching the last bullet train himself.
While the subject matter is certainly unnerving, it's the increasingly anxious music that really sets listeners on edge, punctuated by echoing, bloodcurdling screams by vocalist Alan Vega that still startle and terrify in the age of Paranormal Activity 7. Before the maddening track reaches its final stop, you'll come to truly believe that "We're all Frankies."
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