Greetings and welcome back to Getting Into the Spirit! Jordan here with another slew of Halloween music! On the last Halloween Music post I selected 3 tracks from jazz artists. Now, those three tracks are just a sampling of what the jazz genre has to offer in the way of Halloween themed music. Today, I'll be sharing some of my favorite tracks from a hodgepodge of genres: 50s/60s Rock n Roll/Rhythm & Blues.
During the 1950s, lot of the Halloween themed music turned from being spooky to being silly. It became a novelty. Previously to World War II, the horror genre relied heavily on many of the Universal Monsters (Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Wolfman, etc). However, in a post-war world in the late 1940s/early 1950s, people were now living in a new era with the creation of the atomic bomb. We were also looking up into outer space as the world super powers were itching to jump into the Space Race. This brought up many questions of the unknown. One of which being, "Are we alone in the universe?" Monsters and horror of old gave way to the new creatures of the Atomic Age (Godzilla, The Blob, The Thing from Another World). But that also didn't stop the classic monsters from hanging around. While these new monsters were making their debut, a new generation was being introduced to the older monsters because the television was now starting to become a common staple in the homes.
Some of these new monsters had campy theme songs. **CoughCoughThePurplePeopleEaterCoughCough** They might not be the best songs but personally, I think the campiness is kind of fun. Here is your second round of Halloween music! Enjoy!