Saturday Matinee Halloween Edition – The Ramones, Sally Cruikshank & Oingo Boingo

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First recorded in 1976, The RamonesI Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement is sort of appropriate.

Sally Cruikshank‘s animations are Betty Boop on acid.
Face like a Frog (1987) includes the Cab Calloway-esque song Don’t Go In The Basement (starts at 02:26 ). In 2017, Cruikshank herself added this to the YouTube comments:

Danny Elfman composed the track for this film. Period. Copyright mine. Then a year or two later I gave his agents permission to include it on a compilation LP, I guess put out by [David] Geffen. Now they claim I got the music from the album or something. They’re wrong. My film came first. My husband’s going to get into it with Geffen.”

“I don’t always listen to Dead Man’s Party, but when I do so do the neighbors.” – YouTube comment

Oingo Boingo was a standout band of the 1980s, combining ska, punk, jazz & rock, and Dead Man’s Party became a Halloween party standard. According to Wikipedia:

The lyric, “I hear the chauffeur coming to my door / Says there’s room for maybe just one more,” is a reference to “The Bus-Conductor,” a short story by E. F. Benson about a hearse driver, first published in The Pall Mall Magazine in 1906.

Video is from the 1986 movie Back To School. Yeah, 34 years ago…

Happy Halloween, folks!
This year I’m gonna scare half the neighborhood by NOT wearing a mask. Hope you get all the tricks you deserve and all the treats that you don’t.

[Paranoia moons previously posted here. More Halloween-related posts in the archives.]

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8 Responses to “Saturday Matinee Halloween Edition – The Ramones, Sally Cruikshank & Oingo Boingo”

  1. beth Says:

    Live this selection- happy Halloween 🎃!!

  2. taminator013 Says:

    Cool stuff. A couple of my standards from when I would DJ Halloween parties. My favorite by the Ramones though for that purpose was this one………

    • Bunk Strutts Says:

      Classic Ramones. If you haven’t seen it, “End of the Century” is a good documentary. Also there’s a link in the sidebar blogroll that goes to the website of the 5th original member – Damone Ramone. He never got the credit he deserved.

      Back when we had a lot of trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood, I’d set up speakers and blast Mickey Hart’s Planet Drum and Tom Waits’ “Bone Machine” interspersed with “Sounds of the Facinating Animal World.” Then there’s this:

  3. taminator013 Says:

    Ha! I forgot about Zappa. I definitely need to read about the fictional Damone Ramone. I just bought the book on Kindle. Thanks for the tip and cool Damone Ramone website…….

  4. taminator013 Says:

    You make a good point……

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