5 Days to Halloween: Music Mayhem Top Ten Videos

Hi everyone! Who doesn’t like music? I can’t live without it, from cleaning my room to working out to driving in the car, there’s a song for every occasion! And Halloween’s no different. I’ve put together a list of Halloween-themed (i.e., scary-themed) music videos and ranked them from lighthearted and fun to downright frightful. Enjoy!

‘Til next time!

p.s. The #1 video has been hailed by many sites as totally disturbing, so to be honest, I did not view it because I do not like to be frightened.

10. “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

9. “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker, Jr.

8. “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo

7. “Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo

6. “Paranoimia” by Art of Noise

5. “Heart Shaped Box” by Nirvana

4. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson

3. “Sober” by Tool

3. “Beautiful People” by Marilyn Manson

2. “Closer” by Nine Inch Nails (you will need to confirm your age in order to view the video)

1. “Come to Daddy” by Aphex Twin

A Beautiful Girl Screams I Will Always Love You

The ’80s! If, like me, you grew up in this decade, you know how exciting it was. The colors, the hair, the fashion, but most notably, the music. There were many artists to choose from, as always, but I picked the three most iconic ones. According to me.

1. Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Born Michael Joseph Jackson in Gary, IN on August 29, 1959, Jackson was the eighth child of the Jackson family and debuted his professional music career at the age of five and his solo career at the age of twelve in 1971. His music videos, particularly “Beat It”, “Billie Jean”, and “Thriller” broke all kinds of racial barriers as well as turning a music video into a medium of art and as a marketing tool. These videos and their popularity put a new TV station called MTV on the map. He continued to break ground throughout the 1990s becoming one of the biggest, if not biggest, solo performer to tour worldwide. He also popularized a number of difficult dance moves including the moonwalk, which he named. Despite his tremendous amounts of success and fame, his personal life was tumultuous, often stirring controversy from several child molestation accusations to two failed marriages to becoming a father to three children without the public really knowing the details of how they were conceived (with medical intervention or natural). Jackson was in the midst of planning his comeback tour, This Is It, when he died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication on June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest. His personal physician was convicted of involuntary manslaughter. Almost five years later, many still mourn his death. (For more, please visit here.)

Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking “Thriller”:

Michael Jackson’s innovative video “Scream”:

2. Prince (1958- )

Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958 in Minneapolis, MN where he developed an interest in music at an early age, and was seven years-old when he wrote his first song. At 17, he recorded several demo tapes that proved to be unsuccessful; however, he persisted. His 1979 album, Prince, went platinum. His next three records, Dirty Mind (1980), Controversy (1981), and 1999 (1982) continued to push him up the success ladder. These albums showcased his trademark of prominently sexual lyrics and setting them to elements of funk, dance and rock music. In a dispute with his record label in the early 1990s, he changed his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol known as “The Love Symbol” only to start referring to himself as Prince again in 2000. He is known for his wide vocal range, as well as his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. (For more, please visit here.)

There wasn’t too much to choose from for Prince; I couldn’t find any video on youtube from his early days. But here’s live footage of him and Sheila E. who is one of his proteges:

Here is Prince singing “The Most Beautiful Girl”:

3. Whitney Houston (1963-2012)

Oh, Whitney, Whitney, Houston…how I love thee! She was born Whitney Elizabeth Houston on August 9, 1963 in Newark, NJ. When she was four, her family moved to East Orange, NJ where she began to sing in the church choir and learn how to play the piano. In 1983, she made her national debut on TV on the Merv Griffin Show. In February 1985, Houston debuted her first album Whitney Houston to great critical acclaim. By 1986, the album turned out hit after hit making it the best-selling debut album by a solo artist at the time. Like Michael Jackson, she also influenced MTV’s programming, breaking barriers for black women musicians, as it began to feature artists such as Janet Jackson and Anita Baker in addition to her. In 1989, she met Bobby Brown at the Soul Train Music Awards and after three years of dating, they married. In 1993, she gave birth to her first, and only, child, Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown. Unfortunately, her drug use created a lot of personal drama and she somewhat dropped out of the spotlight until 2006 when she returned to music, although the glamour wasn’t the same. On February 11, 2012, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, amidst the Grammy Awards’ festivities, she was found unconscious, submerged in a bathtub in her hotel room. Her death was ruled “accidental drowning,” and, as with Michael Jackson, many fans still mourn her death. (For more, please visit here.)

Here is Whitney Houston’s video for “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” which helped break ground for black female musicians on MTV:

Here is Whitney singing “One Moment in Time” from the 1989 Grammy Awards. The song was used in the 1988 Olympics, I believe.

And here is Whitney singing what, I think most people would call, her signature song, “I Will Always Love You” from The Bodyguard soundtrack:

Literature Week – Sci-Fi, Thriller, Mystery, True Crime

This isn’t my favorite genre, so I don’t have much to choose from in my personal library. I guess I should try and step out of my comfort zone, but how do you find inspiration in a science-fiction story or in true crime? It’s all just kind of scary, especially true crime. I mean, it really happened! I’ve watched an episode or two on those crime television shows. No, thank, you.

But, having said all that, here are three books I have read that I found interesting. Two are by the same author so please forgive me. Like I said, limited choices.

‘Till next time!

1. Ira Levin This Perfect Day – There is no horror or gore in this story but it gets you thinking about a world dominated by computers. I found it to be suspenseful and interesting, and it’s kind of hard to believe a movie hasn’t been made out of it yet like his book Rosemary’s Baby, which I’ve never seen, never will see, nor will I ever read the book. Makes me shudder just thinking about it.

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2. Ira Levin The Stepford Wives – I found this to be a bit more creepy that This Perfect Day but still not as creepy as what I hear Rosemary’s Baby to be. I always wanted a house with a white picket fence and the perfect life…but this book somewhat shattered those dreams. But I can still hope for the house and white picket fence…

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3. Reader’s Digest Strange Stories, Amazing Facts – My brother would read stories from this to me and he’d make sure to scare me as often as possible. He snuck a copy of it from the local library when we were kids and we’d hide under a tent he made with his blankets and read from it. There are some stories in there that are cool and fun but he, being the brother that he is, would find the ones that were most scary and I’d be too nervous to leave the room by myself, so I just sat there and listened.

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3 Days to Halloween – Scary Reading

While watching movies can scare you silly, there’s nothing that compares to your imagination. It can conjure up more eery visions than what you see on screen, so if you’re a fan of scary stories, here’s a list of books designed to make you jump. Or, at least, shift around your seat uncomfortably.

‘Till next time!

1) The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

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2) Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier.

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3) Miss Pergrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. (Although targeted for young adults, this novel had enough creepy vibes to provide just as many chills.)

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4) Like with the movie, The Shining by Stephen King wins in the book department.

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5) Also like The ShiningMisery wins for being just as scary.

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6) The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin.

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7) Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress.

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8) Hannibal by Thomas Harris.

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9) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. (Also targeted for young adults but kept me on the edge of my seat.)

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10) The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale. (This is a True Crime book and keeps you on your toes!)

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