I watched The Bride of Frankenstein for the first time last year. After watching the original, with the throwing the child in the water scene, the father carrying that same child through the streets, the performances of Dr. Frankenstein and The Monster, I was disappointed in the sequel. Elsa Lanchester’s Bride only appears in the film for 3 minutes, but they are the best part of the whole film. If only more time had been given to her character. She went through a lot to bring the character to life; her body was wrapped so tight in bandages, she had to be fed through a straw by her dresser.
Most the information that I found online about Louis Massis was in French. 1957 must have been a big year for him as he appeared in three movies: Crazy in the Noodle, Love Is at Stake, and O.S.S. 117 n’est pas mort. He also made many comedy albums, one featuring “Frankenstein”.
This sample is from the 1990 TV mini-series of It. Like many TV adaptations of Stephen King, it is not very good, save for Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise The Clown, which is no surprise since Tim Curry is always amazing.
“Dead” is taken from a 45 that is the only release by a high school doo-wop group called The Poets from 1958. The five members went to Thomas Jefferson High School in Los Angeles, which many consider to be the birthplace of do-wop. The group didn’t last long, but one member, Roy Ayers, went on to be a famous jazz musician, playing the vibraphone.
The Masque of the Red Death, starring Vincent Price, was a move made by Roger Corman released in 1964, based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe as well as Poe’s “Hop-Frog” for a subplot It had very bright technicolor palette, which gives it a surreal feel.
Melbourne, Australia’s Graveyard Train started in 2008 and are a self described country-folk-punk-psychedelic-vocal harmony band and even use a hammer and chain as a part of their percussion. They started Black Hat Rackets, a record company shining a light on Melborn bands. They have three albums, and just finished a tour of Europe.
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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for fifteen years.
All songs by Professor D are by me. There will be a document that has the song list included. Hope you enjoy and let me know what you think. Feel free to share and pass on the link. If you want more, check out the previous year’s mixes links at the bottom of this post.
- Call of the Freaks-King Oliver
- Halloween 2016-Professor D
- Scream (Misfits Cover)-Professor D
- You Should Be Dead By Now-Anders Manga
- Here Lies Love-Mr. Undertaker
- On Halloween-The Taters
- This Is Not A Dream-John Carpenter & Alan Howarth
- The Cold Night Air-Saturnalia
- I’m Living In A Grave-Billy Childish
- Basket Case-Radio Ad
- Scream-Ralph Nielsen & The Chancellors
- Ghost of Stephen Foster-Squirrel Nut Zippers
- The Shining-Michale Graves
- Mr. Ghost Goes to Town-The 5 Jones Boys
- 20th Century Vampire-Screaming Dead
- World Of Darkness-Electric Prunes
- Creep in the Cellar (Butthole Surfers Cover)-Professor D
- The Night Before Halloween-Bill Buchanan
- Ghoulnight-The Spookshow
- Satanic Verses-The Flatlinerz
- Mr. Jaws-Goodman & Buchanan
- Nosferatu-Nadsat Rebel
- Don’t Answer the Phone-Radio Ad
- The Creeper-Unnatural Axe
- Dawn of the Dead-Radio Ad
- Back From The Dead-Spinal Tap
- The Brain That Wouldn’t Die-Excerpt
- Count Macabre-The Connoissurs
- Posesion Zombie-Naughty Zombies
- Spooktacular Finale-Spike Jones
King Oliver was a pioneering jazz band leader, by encouraging each band member to improvise at the same time, his style was labeled Hot Jazz. He started playing in New Orleans’ Storyville. He would use all sorts of objects to change the sound of his cornet, like his hat, bottles, toilet plunger, and cups. He was a mentor to Louis Armstrong and inspired many artists that followed.
For these type of songs, I’ve been influenced by a cross between Negativland and Bachanan & Goodman. I only had one source for the speaker, a podcast detailing the belief of a Halloween conspiracy. The music was created with midi sampling pads. I love taking anti-Halloween sentiments and recontextualizing them. Check out The Best of Professor D for more cut-up mixes like this one.
Professor D as Jigsaw Zombie
This is a cover from the Famous Monsters album. I was originally going to do a more classic Misfits tune, but when I decided that the addition to the beginning of this year’s mix’s title would be “Screaming”, this song was the most appropriate choice. I only used drums, guitar, and vocals with various effects added to the guitar and vocals. Rather than record multiple tracks for those moments when there are multiple singers on the original song, I added a separate effect to just those moments.
The Misfits were originally recording this song for the Scream 2 soundtrack, but ended up being a part of Bruiser by zombie film master George Romero. The Misfits appear on stage performing “Scream” during the climax of the film, and George Romero filmed the music video, which begins with a bunch of Misfits fans showing up to an emergency room with assorted zombie related injuries. Multiple dead bodies are also brought in that end up being the band, zombified. The zombie-Misfits then attack the occupants of the emergency room.