Today is July 13 – Friday the 13th. While I’ve never been a fan of the movie series, I do have an affection for some of the creepy songs that seem appropriate for today. Our fascination with some of the morbid aspects of life and beyond have to contribute to these success of these hits.
One song in particular hits home for me, and I swear everything I am about to tell you happened. Like a lot of other teenagers in the 60′s, I used to go to sleep with my radio on. One night I had a dream about a guy that meets a girl at a party, likes her, gives her his sweater for the chilly evening, walks her home, kisses her goodnight, remembers she had his sweater, goes back to her house, knocks on the door, and finds out from the parents who answer the door she had died on that day one year before. Then the guy goes to the graveyard where he finds his sweater on her grave. When I woke up in the morning the first song I heard was Laurie (Strange Things Happen In This World).
It was the first time I ever heard the song!
If you know it, you know why I was and am still creeped put with the song. If you don’t know it, you’ll understand when you hear it. Laurie is definitely one of my top 5 creepy songs.
Laurie – Dickey Lee
The above mentioned song
D.O.A. – Bloodrock
The award for most gore in a top 40 hit goes to this hit of the 70′s. It needs no video to get the story across. Whay you imagine is far worse than what could be shown.
Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield
Can you listen to this and not think of The Exorcist?
They’re Coming To Take Me Away – Nalopeon XIV
This got a lot of people upset at the time, and during my high school years one of the top 40 stations in Tulsa banned it from the airwaves. I still bought a copy.
Last Kiss – J. Frank Wilson
This song was a hit a couple of times around including a version by the group Wednesday, who like J. Frank Wilson, were never heard from again. Come to think of it, none of these artists, with the exception of Dickey Lee, ever had another hit.
Where did they go?