10 Songs Too Scary for Halloween


1. Throbbing Gristle, "Hamburger Lady"
Industrial progenitors Throbbing Gristle always delighting in shining a xenon flashlight into the dark corners of human existence's least palatable possibilities. Their explorations were never more unpleasant than on the song "Hamburger Lady," released in 1978.

Over alarming loops of what sound like machinery sputtering out its final breaths, Genesis P-Orridge reads loping briefs from a burn ward doctor's crushing description of the kind of horror only the miracle of modern medicine would dare keep alive. The list of songs that can force the listener confront such a sickening blend of alienation and revulsion is a short one. Around one deep, we'd say.


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1111
1111

Sprinkle in some Prurient and Pharmakon.  

bobbydigi
bobbydigi

Dr. octagon "Blue Flowers". My go-to handing out candy song for years.

Death
Death

Haha not even this is the scariest one on da' real

johnatrisk
johnatrisk

Or you can just drop the needle on the The Angel and The Dark River by My Dying Bride and see if you can make it to the Sexuality of Bereavement without killing yourself or others. Nearly freaked my friends in New Orleans out when we played it at a party overlooking the Lafayette No. 1 cemetery...

Dumb_Rich_White_Kid
Dumb_Rich_White_Kid

Maybe to obvious but Type O Negative doesn't make the list? Black No. 1 is probably one of the best Halloween songs of all time!

Tillis
Tillis

Radiohead's The Gloaming, We Suck Young Blood, and Climbing Up the Walls

ducttaperoses
ducttaperoses

Uh . . . Hollis Brown?  As tired as everyone is of Bob Dylan, "The Ballad of Hollis Brown" is still a masterpiece of suspense and easily as disturbing as "Country Death Song" and "Frankie Teardrop".  (It also borrows its tune from "Pretty Polly", which is another cruel, blood-soaked, song that kind of blows up the image of old-timey music as all twee rhymes about sweethearts and grandma and ramblin'.)

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Jimi Austin Which Type O song frightens you, Jimi?

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Death That's certainly pretty spooky. Is it really a song, though? I'm not sure. Gorgoroth's live show is awfully frightening, though.

NathanSmith
NathanSmith

@Dumb_Rich_White_Kid I love Type O. I mean, LOVE 'em. Never thought of their music as particularly frightening, but if I hear 'em at a Halloween party, I'm finding the host/DJ and making friends.

recklesslamb
recklesslamb

@NathanSmith None of the songs on the list are frightening anyways so its really a non issue. And that throbbing gristle is juts looped noise wow terrifying.

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