This Is My Jam is a silly little website where you can declare a song your jam of the moment. You follow other people, see their jams, and can hear some neat music that way. It’s a fun little time-waster.
For Halloween I have been doing a series of spookyish jams. I tried to do a new one each weekday but that didn’t work out. Here’s the full list of my October jams:
Oct 1: Started out with “Far From Any Road” by The Handsome Family, a/k/a the theme to True Detective. A perfect start.
Oct 2: The obvious Shriekback track would be “Nemesis”, but I went for “Running on the Rocks” instead. It’s the Sanskrit that makes it taste so good.
Oct 3: A deliberate zig-zag, I chose “Angie Baby” by Helen Reddy. A bit of 70s weirdness that spooked me as a kid.
The next week was a theme week. All songs from the 80s with creepy-ass videos.
Oct 6: The obligatory “Icehouse” by Icehouse.
Oct 7: “Draw of the Cards” by Kim Carnes.
Oct 8: “Ashes to Ashes” by David Bowie.
Oct 9: “Pressure” by Billy Joel.
Oct 10: “Why Me” by Planet P. This is one of those songs that only people who watched MTV at the beginning know, and they won’t remember it right away, but then they’ll go OH YEAH, THAT ONE.
Oct 13: Still in the 80s, it’s “Fly on the Windscreen” by Depeche Mode.
Oct 14: Then we jump back for a witchity song by Cher, “Dark Lady”.
Oct 15: Shivaree’s “Goodnight Moon” is probably the scariest song ever sung by someone named Ambrosia Parsley.
Oct 16: Bauhaus has a lot of go-to tracks, but I figured those were well covered by now, so I went with one that isn’t quite all skulls and draculas but still had that feel to it, “She’s In Parties”. Look at the baby Bauhauses!
Oct 17: And then you put Bauhaus through the mimeograph machine a few times and get “Waspy” by The Bolshoi.
Oct 20: We started watching Twin Peaks then and the next choice was a must. “Falling” by Julee Cruise.
Oct 21: This song still creeps me the hell out. “Mad Lucas” by The Breeders.
Oct 22: Sinead O’Connor sings us a ghost story with “Jackie”.
Oct 23: Sonic Youth does “Superstar”, a spectacularly creepy cover of a spectacularly creepy song.
Oct 27: I returned for the final week ready to hit the lighter side of Halloween. Here’s a video that cracks me up every single time. A mash-up of “Spooky Scary Skeletons” and “Gangnam Style”.
Oct 28: Rockapella invites you to a “Zombie Jamboree”.
Oct 29: New Orleans New Wave legends The Cold cover the theme to “Green Slime”.
Oct 30: Gorillaz tell us about “Dracula”.
And what could finish out this menacing melange of macabre music? I saved only the scariest for last, a song of true terror about the most foul fiend imaginable.
Oct 31: “Richard Nixon” by Christmas.
Now you must make someone else watch that video within seven days or you will become a Republican.