Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Jukebox: Surf Macabre with The Ghastly Ones’ “The Ghastly Stomp”

The commonly used name for this subgenre is Horror Surf. It was popularized by, of all things, the theme to the 1960s television show, The Munsters. If you liked that, you’ll probably like this.

We have none other than Rob Zombie to thank for signing this Van Nuys, California, band to his Zombie records. This track opens their 1998 disc, A-Haunting We Will Go-Go, which is comprised of instrumental tracks in between occasional skits. I have to play it at least once during the Halloween season. Click here to hear all the instrumental tracks on the album (minus the skits, unfortunately) if you’re so inclined.

Colorado isn’t an Amazon affiliate state so I’m not offering a link, but if you go to the page on your own you’ll see the disc is out of print, and available new from only four sellers, two of those in Japan, and all starting at the low, low price of $124.99.  Used prices are a little more reasonable, starting at $17.9o, but they slide quickly up to $119.98. 

It’s weird learning that this quirky disc I bought on impulse via a Columbia House mailer in 1999 is a collector’s item, but I have no intention of parting with it. You can still download the MP3 album for $9.49 or individual tracks for 99 cents each, so we’re not entirely out of luck.