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Halloween Movie Tunes To Freak Out To!

Halloween represents many things to many people and, for whatever reason you choose to celebrate you can be sure others will be doing the same in their own way. If your chosen form of celebration happens to be a party, then the dressing up and horrific elements of the season take on a whole new meaning. However with every great party, you need great tunes to keep it going. Now last year I compiled a collection of some of my favourite Halloween related tunes to give you all a frightfully good night. This year I have turned to film for my inspiration. So without further ado here is a selection of some of the catchy horror tunes perfect for a good night in.

The Blob (1958)/ Green Slime (1968) Theme

halloween theme tunes the blobStrange how two movies that focus on extra-terrestrial creatures should have such funky, foot taping main theme tunes. The original Blob (1958) starred a young Steve McQueen, who then aged 28 played an even younger teenage lead character called Steve Andrews. This trend of older actors playing younger characters is kind of a horror tradition, which is continued even today. The Blob’s influence can be seen in other movies such as The Stuff, which uses the notion of an alien substance and takes it into an entirely different direction. The creature from the stars that absorbed anything it could get its gloopy body next to spawned a sequel Beware! The Blob (1972) and a remake in 1988. Nether had the originals amazingly inappropriate yet poppy theme song performed by the The Five Blobs and written by Burt Bacharach and Mack David.

The Green Slime (1968) on the other hand has elements of Armageddon (1998) and Alien (1979) to it, with a team of astronauts stopping a giant asteroid from destroying the planet, but bringing something back with them that quickly mutates into something else. In this case it mutates into one eyed, green skinned, electrical throwing, and tentacle twirling beasts that look like men in suits and add an element of cheese to the presiding. The main theme tune enhances this feeling even more, giving us a great little sci-fi treat.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space Theme (1988)

halloween theme tunes killer klownKiller Klowns From Outer Space is a film that once seen is hardly forgotten. It has a delightful throwback feel to it, feeling like a modern version of the fondly remembered 50s Science Fiction flicks. Directed by Stephen Chiodo, with his two brothers Edward and Stephen working on the production and writing side of the film, it follows a small times response to an alien ship that lands on Earth to get a new food source (ala Peter Jackson’s 1987 film Bad Taste). The main difference from any other alien invader you may have seen before is that these E.T’s look exactly like clowns and even use clown related weapons. Guns which fire out killer popcorn, candy floss that engulfs its victims and a weakness that involves blowing off their red noses are just some of the comedic antics on show. Killer Klowns mixes together comedy slap stick with some nice horror scenes and a sense of great fun, which follows onto the theme tune, written by The Dickies.

Little Shop of Horrors Main Theme (1986)

halloween theme tunes little shop of horrorsFrom Roger Corman quickie, to musical production, then to big screen movie The Little Shop of Horrors has certainly been around the block. It is testament to the idea (originally created by Corman), that it has survived since its birth in the 1960s, to still be remembered fondly today. This musical version of the story (directed by Frank Oz) is one of the most recognized versions, possibly because of its more upbeat ending compared to the original film and the off Broadway musical. The changing of the ending to a more Hollywood horror ending (setting up for a potential sequel that never came) should hardly go against the movie though, as it is crammed packed full of incredible songs and great comedic acting. To pick a song from the list is tricky, with so many sing a long songs included in its 94 (or 103 minutes if it’s the director’s cut) running time. So why not just start it off with the song that sets the tone of the movie.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Theme (1978)

halloween theme tunes attack of the killer tomatoesNo matter how you pronounce the word tomato, most people can agree that it has never been more vicious, or more humorous than in the 1978 comedy Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. Much like the Chiodo brothers this little movie was created by two people John DeBello and David Miller. Its creative use of an everyday food source attacking its consumers and a tongue very firmly stuck in its cheek has helped to make this an underground hit. It is hard not to get a kick out of seeing tomatoes big and small rolling around the streets chasing people. Like Killer Klowns it shares that retro 50s style feel as well as a harmless innocence to the proceedings that make it accessible to old and young alike.  The real achievement of the movie has to be how Stephen Peace as Wilbur Finletter managed to keep himself out of the hospital when carrying an opened parachute behind him in most of his scenes! Still funny today, (even if some of the social commentary does not play out as well) it has numerous sequels to its name and at one stage had a cartoon series to. The pompous and over the top main theme has that element of fun that filters through the entire movie.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – This is Halloween Song

halloween theme tunes nightmare before christmasOh Tim Burton. If there is one thing he does well it is working with Johnny Depp. No just kidding (though their collaborations are a lot of fun), what he really manages to do is create Gothically stunning pieces of film, with characters that become alienated from what is considered the norm, but manage to be endearing because of this very trait. Now Burton has made many features like this, but his stop motion feature with Henry Selick The Nightmare Before Christmas really connected with all age groups. Maybe it was the novelty of stop motion, or the storyline that involved two seasonal times combining together to form something really special. Or it could be the charisma of Jack Skellington. Grizzly Bomb has already covered the character of Jack, but he is (along with the rest of the quirky cast) who keeps the audiences glued to the screen. So why not celebrate the joy of Halloween with them with the song that shows the haunting season can be a whole heap of fun!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987) – Thor – We Accept the Challenge

halloween theme tunes rock and roll nightmareRock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare is a movie which is hard to describe. Sure I had a go at breaking down the core elements of this B movie schlock in a VHS Vault article, but the more you watch it, the more you either love it or hate it. The story alone is absolutely bonkers, the acting is awful yet somehow inspiring and the creatures are just, well, beyond description! Sometimes with all this going on it is hard to remember this song has some great hair metal tracks in it to. Thor, the lead singer and lead actor is certainly a character and the reveal of just who he is at the end makes an already crazy movie, even more bonkers. So the best song to celebrate the victory of good over evil has to be the end battle scene song “We Except The Challenge”, so you too can remember the moment when you first saw a grown man in a metal thong fight a devil throwing killer Frisbee monsters in slow motion.

The Toxic Avenger 2 Theme (1989)

halloween theme tunes the toxic avenger 2Troma are well known by horror fans for their low budget movies which delight in throwing everything into their movies. Not just the kitchen sink, but the entrails, blood and guts of anyone stood near the sink at the time. The Toxic Avenger film is their most famous movie and is also their most famous creation, having a series of sequels after his name as well as of all things an animated series and toy line! Well if Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and Swamp Thing can both have cartoons created about them then why not Toxie? Heck at one point Arnold Schwarzenegger was set to star in a rebooted version! It is one of the sequels that we turn to now. The second film is by no means the best, shot back to back with the third it lost some of the anarchic magic of the original film. What it did have though is a ton of great metal music, one of which is the main theme which gets you all pumped up for Melvin’s mutated return to Tromaville.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 – The Dream Warriors (1987) – Dokken – Dream Warriors

halloween theme tunes nightmare on elm street 3 posterWhat is there to say about Freddy that has not already been said? Well Grizzly Bomb already covered the icon that is Mr Kruegar 2 years ago and since then not much else has changed. He is still regarded as one of the big three horror movie creations (sharing the lime light with his co killers Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers) and the original appearance of Freddy in A Nightmare on Elm Street still scares people even today. Now Robert England’s portrayal of Freddy has terrified and entertained audiences worldwide, more so than his rapping which has to be said is an acquired taste.  So knowing that myself and only a handful of other people on the planet will actually like to hear The Fat Boys “Ready For Freddy” rap I looked for other Elm Street related tunes that can really get a crowd into the swing of things. And so I turned to metal rockers Dokken for that very reason. Not only a metallic tune to accompany A Nightmare On Elm Street 3 film viewing, but also an incredibly fun music video to accompany it, with the band members basically using the power of rock to scare Freddy off. Say of this what you will, but it’s quite a trip and a great way to end of any Halloween movie theme mix tape.

This list is by no means the be all and end all of cinematic horror tunes. There are great instrumental tunes out there for classics horror flicks such as Psycho, Return of the Living Dead, Halloween, Suspiria and many more. There are also a deep reserve of cheesy musical hits that are available at the click of a button on YouTube. So after listening to these horrific hits, why not head over there and share some of your personal favorites on the comments page below.

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Halloween Songs to Chill You to the Bone!

Happy Halloween to all you Grizzly Bomb readers out there. No doubt a lot of you will be getting geared up for your own Halloween antics and slapping on your costumes for a night filled with mischief and scares. For anyone that is having a party, some terribly terrific tunes will be needed to add just the right atmosphere. Grizzly Bomb is more than happy to oblige. Here is a short play list of this reviewers personal favorites; hopefully they will manage to give you all a bit of a chill.

Rocky Horror Picture Show – Over at the Frankenstein Place

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a film that is perfect for any occasion, but Halloween is where it truly can shine. The soundtrack has so many fantastic tracks on it that it is tricky to pick one, but this one is just perfect for when you need to slow the mood down and have a sing along with your friends at the same time.

Alice Cooper –Man behind the Mask

What is better than Friday the 13th on Halloween? Alice Cooper singing about Jason Voorhees perhaps? A rocking track from the great man himself which, if you are of a certain generation, will get you rocking around the kitchen with a tie around your head in no time.

Bobby Pickett and the Crypt Kickers – Monster Mash

Now this is a classic song for the Halloween season. You will be hard pressed to find anyone that has not heard this song at least once and it is perfect for all you monster mashers out there.

Sheb Wooley – The Purple People Eater

While more of an obscure selection, this but song has some great visuals attached to it. With such a catchy tune it’s difficult not to want to sing along to the chorus when it kicks in.

Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

This song probably has another meaning and is not to be taken literally. But it does conjure up some awesome visuals and with such great lyrics involving werewolves that eat Chinese food and attack old ladies it is a perfect Halloween themed tune.

Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party

Oingo Boingo are better known for their work on 80’s classics like Weird Science. But it is also a band that had a certain Danny Elfman in it (the man behind pretty much every Tim Burton film score to date). With his band Oingo Boingo he made some incredible musical hits including this little tune.

Ramones – Pet Cemetery

The Ramones are rock legends and have dabbled in film scores before (Rock and Roll High School is one of the most notable entries), but this tune manages to capture the feeling of Stephen King’s work perfectly.

Ozzy Osborne – Bark at the Moon

Ozzy has knocked out some incredible horrific tunes but this song (for the video alone) needs to be included in any Halloween bash. The great guitar riffs certainly don’t hurt this piece of metal history.

Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl

It is difficult to pick a White Zombie track that does not exhibit Rob Zombie’s unique love of horror movies. But with Living Dead Girl he manages to give us an incredible song which also harks back to the German horror films of the silent era of cinema. This tune is not as frantic as his other hits (like say Dragula), but it is still a hauntingly effective tune that is great to listen to with the lights out.

Michael Jackson – Thriller

The grand daddy of music videos and the ultimate Halloween song, there is little else to say about this John Landis directed masterpiece. It is with this video that we will leave our trip through the weird world of music and let you readers enjoy your Halloween antics. There are plenty more Halloween songs out there, but hopefully this list will keep you entertained until the trick or treating commences.

Now how could I end an article on spooky tunes without including this classic!

Lollapalooza 2013 Chicago Recap/Review

A record setting 300,000 people over 3 days, watching a variety of over 140 bands from every genre of music on 8 separate stages in the iconic Grant Park of Chicago is an experience unlike any. Despite many knocking this year off as lacking compared to 2011’s heavy hitters like Eminem and Coldplay, or even last years Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Black Keys, I still enjoyed the hell out of the experience. This year to me wasn’t lacking as much as it was more about bringing in another genre of music (EDM) to the forefront, while sticking with the Lolla roots of the indie rock bands.

This was my first year in attendance, and I’m already booking my hotel for next. Again, Lolla to me is more about the experience of being there than who you’re actually seeing. Of course, it’s always awesome to see major headliners like Kendrick Lamar, but my point to be made is don’t write off weaker year line-ups immediately. Clearly the attendance didn’t show it, but a lot of people I talked to didn’t attend because they disliked the line-up, and I think it’s an easy mistake to make. That said, here is my quasi-review of Lollapalooza 2013. Obviously I wasn’t able to catch everybody, hence the reason I’m not giving a flat number rating, but instead, I’m going to do short reviews of particular acts by categories. Here we go…

Biggest Surprise: Robert Delong

I’m only starting with this category because I want to talk about this guy so damn much. It’s also pretty fitting that he’s the first guy I saw at Lollapalooza 2013. Original and talented are the only two words to come to mind when you watch him play. Whether you’re into his electronic/rock style, witnessing him live is a true site to see. Robert Delong is a one-man band that consists of him looping a variety of noises live on stage, then adding in vocals and drums to make songs. Added to the mix is his original programs that he created for his computer that allow him to incorporate unique items such as a computer flight simulator joystick to control the dub step in his songs, or smashing on a Gameboy controller to produce electronic sounds. On top of all this is his rock band drummer roots that he displays prominently when he sits down to bang away on his kit. The small crowd he performed to ate it up, and all in all, it was a great way to start off the weekend. Knowing nothing about this guy is why I have given him the title of Biggest Surprise. Check out the video of him below.

Biggest Disappointment: Chance The Rapper

Writing about this one kills me because Chance was by far one of my most anticipated, and the minimal amount of rappers on the lineup meant he really had to stick out from the obvious bigger name, Kendrick Lamar. Headlining the BMI stage in his hometown of Chicago, the 19-year-old rapper had some hefty expectations. I highly doubt Lolla was ready for this guy to blow up the way he did when his second mix tape dropped, thus placing him on a somewhat smaller stage, because it was packed to the fences. The concert started off with a cool mix by the DJ, from Kanye West’s new “Bound 2” all the way to House of Pain’s “Jump Around”. But the concert went mostly down hill from there. The rapper seemed out of his element when he began performing with the background instrumental, leaving some to speculate there were technical difficulties. He played his hits that got the crowd going, but half way through “NaNa”, the track flipped into an odd dub step type beat that seemed like a mistake on the DJ’s behalf. Chance went with it for a second before walking off stage, leaving the crowd to believe that he was done after about 20 minutes, and making about a third of the crowd scurry out of the area. Then a band took the stage, began playing, and Chance got back up and rocked the hell out of the rest the show. The only problem is the ‘rest of the show’ was basically 2 or 3 more songs. That’s where this guy has potential. Between his enthusiastic dance moves, and his emotional delivery of lyrics, this guy can be the heavy hitter that Kendrick Lamar is in the coming years. That said, the first part of his performance really levied the rest, and for that, he retains my title of Biggest Disappointment.

 Best of Show (Rap)Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick really killed it, and simply said, was the best rapper of the show. Playing to a gigantic crowd on the gigantic Bud Light Stage, Kendrick delivered. Killing it with his “Recipe”, the original version of the overplayed “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and even delivering calmer hits like “Poetic Justice”. Kendrick was in his zone, and set the bar for following rappers in the coming years. A side note, cool story from the show, is during “M.A.A.D city”, the crowd began to lift up people in wheel chairs. Even getting Kendrick’s attention at one point, that prompted him to let the guy in the chair over the barricade, and sit directly in front of him as the crowd topped off the “Ya! Ya! Ya!”  in the song as the beat dropped. I could keep on going with a multitude of stories from this show, and continue the praise, but I’ll keep it simple with he delivered.

 Best of Show (Rock): Two Door Cinema Club

Two Door Cinema Club at Lollapalooza 2013

I didn’t get a chance to see The Killers or Postal Service, who I heard were incredible in both their sets, but out of the rock bands I saw, Two Door Cinema Club has to take the top title. Knowing nothing about these guys, I felt like a loner beside my friends and the huge crowd who knew every word to their entire set.  Their soft style of rock really appealed to me, and the loose feeling of the huge crowd at the Bud Light stage made for a great show. I don’t know the exact names of the songs played, but I enjoyed them all for the most part, and it was a good calmer from the constant electronic music.

Best of Show (EDM): Steve Aoki

The toughest category to pick from, as there were so many killer EDM performances all done mostly on the infamous Perry’s stage, is going to have to go to the Friday night headliner Steve Aoki. Starting off the show by telling the audience he’s going to play mostly new stuff began what could only be described as a wild set of electronic music, and surprises. The first of the latter was the appearance of Li’l Jon, who may possibly be one of the greatest hype men you can find. For the most part forgoing rapping, he instead opted for loud shouts to get the crowd going, and by damn, it worked perfectly. From there, the show just kept getting better and better as he debuted new songs with Flux Pavilion, who also got on stage at one point as a special guest, and finished with new collaborations with Knife Party. Add in the insane lights, the caking (throwing cakes at the audience when the beat drops), and the crazy crowd surfing, Steve Aoki set a bar the first night that simply couldn’t be topped. Oh yeah, and I can’t forgot the odd, but always welcomed, appearance of Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) at the end of his set.

Notable Mentions

Dog Blood:

Surprisingly, this was the most under the radar group that contained possibly the most well known guy in the EDM music genre: Skrillex. This is a side project with Boys Noize that most people going in knew nothing about. Their unique style, and red tinted screen projections made for an awesome concert. Sadly, this also featured probably the worst crowd, which I can’t blame the group for, but come on people, are mosh pits really that much fun? Besides that, this was high up there on top performances.

Twenty One Pilots:

These guys know how to put on a show, and while some may see their theatrics as simply them trying too hard, such as the drummer doing a backflip off the piano, I got to say that it all worked. Their style of rock songs with catchy chants really lends its self to live performances. “Holding onto You” really got the crowd going, but the song “Trees” is what got me into it as the catchy electronic chorus makes for an insane crowd experience.

Steve Angello:

Damn you Steve Aoki! If it weren’t for your performance the previous night, this guy would’ve taken the top spot. His unique mix of pyro techniques and dub step beats lends itself to live sets. Playing a mix of samples and original stuff, he made for the second best performance I saw at Lolla 2013, right behind the other Steve.

Acts that I missed

The only unfortunate part of Lollapalooza is when they stack various great acts on top of one another leading you to make tough decisions on who to see. Some of the acts I missed that I wish I could’ve seen are as follows:

Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Nine Inch Nails, 2 Chainz (guilty pleasure), Queens of the Stone Age, The Lumineers, Matt & Kim, Atlas Genius, and one of the acts I was most looking forward to, Imagine Dragons, but the picture below explains why I missed them…

Imagine Dragons Concert


If you are around the area of Chicago next year towards the beginning of August I highly recommend going, and promise, regardless of the line up, you’ll have a fun and unique experience. Not only that, all ages are just about acceptable for this, well, maybe if you have young kids don’t bring them by Perry’s, but the rest is totally accessible to everyone.

The 2012 Grammy Nominations Are Out, Apparently a Concert Also Happened?

The 55th Grammy Awards are being given out on February 10th, 2013 so that means we have to have some nominees, right? They definitely accomplished that as the Grammy Nominations concert aired last night and featured performances from Fun., Maroon 5, Hunter Hayes, The Who, Ne-Yo and a couple of country artists who escape me. We also got to see Taylor Swift awkwardly host with LL Cool J so that was fun.

Leading the nominees are Fun., Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z and Kanye West with six noms each. The Black Keys, Chick Corea and Miguel follow that with five nominations. Notably, Justin Bieber was not hit up for ANY nominations so single tear for that. But that didn’t stop him from making the news as his manager declared the Grammys a travesty because Bieber HAS to be the underdog according to Dude, you’re a millionaire teenager that keeps tricking Selena Gomez to go out with you. You’re the opposite of underdog, you’re just a douche at this point if you need a chip on your shoulder. Just be happy you have tickets to the party. Regardless, some highlights have to be Frank Ocean and Fun. just dominated the nominations despite the fact that they were first time nominees. Frank Ocean is great people and you should listen to him.

Also Detroit’s own Jack White gets an Album of the Year nomination for Blunderbuss, which is richly deserved. Alabama Shakes probably cut Carly Rae Jepsen off the Best New Artist and I’m perfectly fine by that.

Mild entertainment at the expense of the Biebs.

There is a cool pattern that Hollywood Reporter noticed and that four out of the five nominees for Album of the Year are rock albums, with Frank Ocean being R&B. No pop nominations in there. Maybe it’s the sign of the times and that everyone is looking for something original out there in the world. No offense to the pop music world, myself being a defender of the pop persuasion despite the shame it brings me, but most of it is the same drivel and more producer based than actual artist based. In fact, pop music is full of entertainers, not musicians so it’s good to see the right people get their due. Speaking of pop music, man did they ever get shut out. Bieber got zero nominations, One Direction got the shaft, and Nicki Minaj got nothing (it’s not rap or hip hop anymore people, she’s gone pure pop). A lot of people are complaining because these artists (or entertainers I guess) sold the most albums out of anyone, they should be nominated right? People, this isn’t the people’s choice awards, or the Billboard Awards for that matter. If the Grammy Awards are trying to set a precedent about actual substance in the music, then bravo. Like I said, these artists/entertainers got nothing because it’s all production work. Yeah, its beautiful escapism but you couldn’t tell me that if they took a random member of One Direction, gave him Bieber’s team and production values, all his marketing and that I would tell the difference between the two? I sincerely doubt it. There were some other snubs like Coldplay, which I buy because as much as I like Mylo Xyloto, this was not as great as Viva La Vida. Lady Gaga was also snubbed as well but I think that also factored in that her last album sort of came off like a fart sound. Also yes, I consider Lady Gaga to be more artist than entertainer just because she does a lot of her own writing and production and has value as a musician, even if some of her songs don’t reflect that.

Anyways, below is a list of the nominees with in some of the major categories and this link will bring you to the full list. Again, the awards are on February 10th, 2013 on CBS so we’ll see if anyone walks away as the new Adele with her gaggle of awards.

<a HREF=””> Widgets</a>Album of the Year:
Black Keys, El Camino
Fun., Some Nights
Mumford & Sons, Babel
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange
Jack White, Blunderbuss

Song of the Year:
Ed Sheeran, “The A Team”
Carly Rae Jepsen, “Call Me Maybe”
Miguel, “Adorn”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”

Record of the Year:
Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”
Kelly Clarkson, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”
Fun. feat. Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”
Gotye feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”
Frank Ocean, “Thinkin Bout You”
Taylor Swift, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

Best New Artist:
Alabama Shakes
Hunter Hayes
The Lumineers
Frank Ocean

Pop Vocal Album:
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger
Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials
Fun., Some Nights
Maroon 5, Overexposed
P!nk, The Truth About Love

Best Rock Album:
The Black Keys, El Camino
Coldplay, Mylo Xyloto
Muse, The 2nd Law
Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
Jack White, Blunderbuss

Best Alternative Music Album:
Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel…
Bjork, Biophilia
Gotye, Making Mirrors
M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Tom Waits, Bad as Me

Best Rap Album:
Drake, Take Care
Lupe Fiasco, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1
Nas, Life Is Good
The Roots, Undun
Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t
2 Chainz, Based on a T.R.U. Story

Best Country Album:
Zac Brown Band, Uncaged
Hunter Hayes, Hunter Hayes
Jamey Johnson, Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Miranda Lambert, For the Record
The Time Jumpers, The Time Jumpers

Best Dance/Electronica Album:
Steve Aoki, Wonderland
The Chemical Brothers, Don’t Think
Deadmau5, > Album Title Goes Here <
Kaskade, Fire & Ice
Skrillex, Bangarang

Country Solo Performance:
Dierks Bentley, “Home”
Eric Church, “Springsteen”
Hunter Hayes, “Wanted”
Ronnie Dunn, “Cost of Livin’”
Blake Shelton, “Over”
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away

The 10 Greatest James Bond Themes…

With the recent release of Skyfall, the 23rd (canon) James Bond movie, we thought we’d take a look at some of the things that have made the series so popular, and we’re gonna start with the theme songs. Below are what I consider to be the 10 best of 007’s themes, though probably not the 10 best movies…

10. “Skyfall” by Adelle (Skyfall, 2012)

The newest song out there was good enough to sneak onto the list. “Skyfall” was released on October 5th, at 0:07 BST, as part of “Global James Bond Day”, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of Dr. No. This one has the old school feel to it, slightly reminiscent of “Goldfinger”…

9. “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” by Louis Armstrong (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – 1969)

The bastard step-child of Bond movies (though I like it) – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service starred an Australian model (George Lazenby) and saw 007 settle down and get married. It would He was quickly replaced when they brought back Sean Connery for the last time (canon wise) in 1971. But that doesn’t mean the lack of popularity for the movie discounts the great Satchmo

8. “Thunderball” by Tom Jones (Thunderball, 1965)

It’s not unusual the be…err… THUNDERBALL! Tom Jones rocked it out so hard here that he actually fainted in the recording booth when singing the song’s final note. That’s heart, and if it were a woman’s heart, 007 could have it.

7. “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey (Goldfinger – 1964)

Goldfinger is no doubt one of my favorite Bond movies and the theme is as quintessentially Bond as they get.  It was the first, and best of the 3 themes from Shirley Bassey (Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker). As most of the themes are all about what a badass James is – this one actually has more of a focus on the villain.

6. “You Know My Name” by Chris Cornell (Casino Royale – 2006)

Chris Cornell, better known to children of the 80s and 90s as the lead singer of Soundgarden, spun out this 2006 hit which would become his most successful solo song. It seemed a fitting theme for a new Bond (Daniel Craig’s first movie as 007) which acted out his earliest mission, but was still unmistakably the secret agent whose name everyone knows…

5. ” Tomorrow Never Dies” by Sheryl Crow (Tomorrow Never Dies – 1997)

This is, I think one of the more underrated songs in the lineage.  Overshadowed at the Box Office by Titanic in 1997, the Pierce Brosnan and Teri Hatcher flick seems to have gotten better with age – and so has the theme. Well done to Ms. Crow…

4. “Another Way to Die” by Jack White & Alicia Keys (Quantum of Solace – 2008)

It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for Jack White, so perhaps that’s why I’m such a fan of this one, cause the movie was pretty underwhelming. But Jack and Alicia Keys kicked some ass on this one. The song, which features White on vocals, guitar and drums and Keys on vocals—is the first duet in the Bond film series, and was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2009 Grammys.

3. “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon (The Spy Who Loved Me – 1977)

That’s right kids – this wasn’t written for vacuum cleaner commercials, but was one of the few on the list to find real success outside of the movie itself (much like #2).  This one might not sound all that much like a Bond theme, but it has stood the test of time and remains one of Carly Simon’s greatest songs to date…

2. “Live and Let Die” by Paul McCartney & Wings (Live and Let Die – 1973)

Not my favorite Bond movie (Roger Moore sucks – Yeah, I said it), but it was probably had the strongest ever combo of Bond Girl and Song. Jane Seymour as ‘Solitaire’ was an absolute knockout, and you had a fricking Beatle performing the theme. In fact, it’s so popular still that I’d be willing to bet that a vast a majority of people don’t even know it was a Bond song.

1. “James Bond Theme” by John Barry/Monty Norman (Dr. No – 1962)

It’s the original and there was nothing else that could’ve been here. And every time I hear it I have flashbacks to playing N64 and shooting my friends in the back…

That’s our Top 10 – what’s yours?

Grizzly Ear Bombs: Our Music Picks for 10/22/2012

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All self-deprecation humor aside, we have nothing much going on in sports this week, other than the huge San Francisco Giants comeback to win the series against Cincinnati Reds and now going for another comeback against the St. Louis Cardinals. I’m no baseball fan, but I do live in the Bay Area (and hence my huge fandom over the 49ers). I bear a responsibility to root for teams in San Francisco, unless you’re talking about basketball, simply because I was born a Phoenix Suns fan.

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Jason, Associate Editor of Grizzly Ear Bombs

Artist: The Blues Brothers
Title: Guilty
Album: Made In America
Year: 1980

I love John Belushi ( Animal House has got to be one of the greatest comedies of my generation) and I love Dan Aykroyd (he is a Ghostbuster for goodness sake!). So it is not that much of a surprise when I say I love the band they formed together, The Blues Brothers. My dad is a huge fan and always had their tracks playing in the house, so I grew up with their soul, rhythm and blues tunes around in my head. Getting older, I realised that these two were great singers and performers, bringing energy to their shows that some artists of today can never produce. With an iconic look and an even more iconic group of musicians behind them, they rocked out constantly. But they also knew how to bring it down a notch or to and hit you emotionally. So here we have Guilty. Originally a Randy Newman track, John performs this on his lonesome. It is a song about pain, grief and loss. About someone who is lost and uses drugs, drink and women to ease the pain and make him think he is someone else. John sings this song with such power and feeling that it is hard not to be touched by it. He is an emotional bowling ball and his music knocks us off our feet like pins. It seems sad, with the reasons behind his death been a drug overdose, that he sings so heart felt about drugs helping the pain. Maybe this is why he sung his heart out on this song, maybe he felt he related in some way. Who knows. What I do know is that it touches me every time I hear it.

-Adam “Bruce Walken” Edmonston
Artist: The Misfits
Title: Skulls
Album: Walk Among Us
Year: 1982

Sometimes you can only listen to so much 80’s new wave before you need to put on some f–king punk rock, and f–king tear shit up hardcore for a bit. The Misfits are my favorite punk band of all time, not only because they’re f–king badass, but because most of their songs, (Glen Danzig era songs) are about spooky weird horror movie shit, rather than any anti-authoritarian, f–k-the-system political subject matter. I’d rather listen to songs about ghouls, demons and brain eating than how much “The Man” sucks. This song in particular appeals to me, because it’s about as close to a punk rock love song as you could get. WOMAN I NEED YOUR SKULL, TO MOUNT IT ON MY WALL. So romantic.

Adam “Cheesebadger” Popovich

Artists: AC/DC
Title: Thunderstruck
Album: The Razors Edge
Year: 1990

Since Marvel Comics started using this bands’ entire back catalogue for their movies, AC/DC have been in the public eye a wee bit. Rightfully so, they are an amazing rock band. With lead singer Brian Johnson high pitched growl ripping throughout the song, to the almost tribal beat of the drums at the start, this song has it all. To sum it up, Thunderstruck is an incredible song. If you ever need to get yourself psyched up, this is the song that will do it. But aside from the awesomeness of this song, the reason I remember it so fondly is because of one person, Blinky 500. He is an adept; I would go so far as to say blooming awesome internet film director, who directed one of the greatest series of fan films out there. Punisher 79-82. Basically a series of short films set as a diary entry in Punishers War Journal, it follows Frank Castle (played to perfection by Shawn Parr) kicking ass. The last part sees Castle turn up unannounced at a villain’s party gathering and proceeds to kill all of them. Pretty much the entire rogue’s gallery turns up to get blown away by Castle. Guess which song is playing while he is killing them all? Yes sir, this one! AC/DC are been used quite heavily for all things Iron Man at the moment, but they suit The Punisher so much better. This song rips through the air, just likes Castles bullets do. When the song ends with Bullseye’s death and Castle stealing his whiskey, it also ends a perfect combination of image and sound.

-Adam “Bruce Walken” Edmonston

Artist: Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Title: Stagger Lee
Album: Murder Ballads
Year: 1996

In a perfect world, Nick Cave would be as popular as Tom Waits. Not to hate on Tom Waits, but people generally know more about him than they do Nick Cave. The difference between the two is that they both have a thousands albums that are ALL good, but only one is in shitty movies. Nick Cave just makes amazingly perfect soundtracks for amazingly perfect films. When he’s not doing that though, he makes badass songs like this. I guess this is an old folk song that’s been around since the 20’s, but it’s worth listening to just to hear Nick Cave swear so beautifully. It also helps that in the video he’s got moves that are funky as hell. This isn’t the best Nick Cave song in the world, but it’s definitely one of my favorites, and he’ll be a name that’ll pop up again here soon. Now go and listen to the song already.

-Adam “Cheesebadger” Popovich

Artist: Rob Zombie
Title: Dragula
Album: Hellbilly Deluxe
Year: 1998

Let me start off by saying that to me, Rob Zombie is appropriate music for any month, but especially October. Perhaps it’s because, like many people, I associate October with Horror movies and since Mr. Zombie has done a few of those, I tend scroll down to his name on my Ipod a little bit more around this time of the year. I had the privilege of seeing his show last week and was absolutely blown away by everything about it. His stage presence is phenomenal and the sound clarity of his live performance is unmatched by most musicians I’ve seen. This Rob Zombie classic was stuck in my head after the show, and I have yet to stop listening to it since that night.

-Garrett “Godzark” Odzark

Artist: The Swellers
Title: Runaways
Album: Good For Me
Year: 2011

The Swellers are a pop-punk band out of Flint, Michigan who have quickly worked their way into relevance within the modern day music scene of their genre. Bands such as MXPX, New Found Glory, The Descendents, and The Bouncing Souls have paved the way for bands such as The Swellers to come in and make a name for themselves in a genre that to many, has been dead for years. With a unique vocal sound, and high energy live performances, The Swellers continue to be asked to tour with major bands who have noticed their potential. This song has been a constant part of their setlist in almost every show since the cd was first released, and has been a part of many of my playlists since then as well.

-Garrett “Godzark” Odzark

Album Review: Hot Fiction “Apply Within”

The Before:

Two-man bands have been a staple to the post-alternative rock scene for the last ten or so years. I tend to make assumptions about the sound: blues-inspired grungy riff-rock. The names The White Stripes and The Black Keys certainly come to mind. I appreciate the straight-forward style and deceiving simplicity of much that this genre (is it fair to call it so?) has offered.

Much in the vein of the aforementioned bands, British band Hot Fiction, brings forth their sophomore effort, Apply Within, out October 18th. The band describes it as a “soulful awakening”, though I’m not sure if that “awakening” is meant for the band or the listener. Regardless of the intent, they better make their points quick, as the album clocks in under the 40 minute mark.

The band is comprised of drummer/vocalist Andy Yeoh and guitarist/vocalist Simon Miller.

The After:

The band has a comfortable feel. It certainly fulfills my expectation of blues-inspired grungy riff-rock. However it does consistently feel fresh mainly due to the tunes’ strong melodies (see Harder Than Before) and percussion work that has that pleasant clarity and subtlety of not being canned. The guitar work is appropriate for the genre (are we still good with this?) of two-man riff-rock, and doesn’t rely too heavily on effects to draw in the listener, which is something that I have found to be draining on my ear juice.

Yeoh’s voice is strange at times (Gotta Go); pulling in and out of pitchy, frail to bold, and even 1960s white soul to Nick Drake circa Northern Sky (see Broken In a Good Way). And while I’m trying to figure out and adjust, the vocals blend with Miller’s guitar work that has many of the same qualities.

Ultimately, what kept me interested in the songs was the constant push and pull between the simplicity and dissonance of the melodies (see Sweet Goodbye). There is a fluidity to this album, even though the separate tunes hearken to different influences, conscious or not, such as the afore mentioned Nick Drake in Broken In a Good Way, a less orchestrated and instrumented The Band in You’re Not Alone, and even a streamlined Blood Sweat and Tears on No Soul.

As a side note, this is the point where I am conflicted over the possibilities of more instrumentation verses the uncomplicated nature of two-man groups like Hot Fiction. On one hand you have such potential to show range and counter-melody, but on the other you have the ability to become highly cohesive and streamlined in approach and purpose.

Regardless of my ramblings, Hot Fiction has put together an album in “Apply Within” that grooves, moves, and flows. This is a band that I could see developing further from influenced to influential as they explore their sound and push away from the precedents.

I give this album 3.5 g-bears.

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