The Young Werewolves aren’t a Halloween novelty. Since 2002, the Philly-based band has been pumping out a punky brand of rockabilly that’s surfaced on everything from “The Real?World” to “Burn Notice.” That said, these guys are quick with a “howl” pun, liberal with their Frankenstein stickers and in-demand every October thanks to songs like “Midnight Monster Hop.” We checked in with “front grrrrl” (we warned you!) and bassist Dana Kain for her ultimate Halloween playlist, and she didn’t disappoint. If you resort to “Monster Mash” after this, we’re siccing our new friends on you.
1. ‘Skulls,’ Misfits
Classic Halloween horror punk. There’s no better way to start the night off. Crunchy guitars, mad vocals, driving rhythm. Trick-or-treaters beware: Glenn Danzig is in his prime, and the body count is out of control.
2. ‘Everyday is Halloween,’ Ministry
This song mashes a New Wave-meets-early Steampunk style perfect for the haunting season. It’s a great track to carve pumpkins to.
3. ‘I Put a Spell on You,’ Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
This track oozes spookabilly garage-ness. It’s post-Halloween in a neo-primitive kind of way.
4. ‘Werewolf Fever,’ The Young Werewolves
We can cherry-pick anything out of our catalog, but this was the first song we learned together during early auditions. The lyrics got changed a couple of times during the process. It’s from our debut CD, currently out of print.
5. ‘Jump in the Line,’ Harry Bellafonte
BEETLEJUICE, BEETLEJUICE, BEETLEJUICE!
Hear the Werewolves howl!
Their debut album may be out of print, but you can pick up their latest disc, “Sins of the Past,” over at www.theyoungwerewolves.com. While you’re there, check out their “Hello, Werewolf” onesie, featuring a very menacing take on Hello, Kitty that we’re betting will get you out of all future baby showers.
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