So today we kick off with a #TrackoftheDay that’s mainly Halloweenish by association. Yes, you may recognize this song–it was covered by INXS for The Lost Boys. But “Good Times” originated back in 1968 with another Australian band, The Easybeats. Both versions have their merits, but for tonight, here’s the original.
Tonight we kick off with our #TrackoftheDay from the Canadian band A Spectre is Haunting Europe and their debut album Astonishing Tales of the Sea. I don’t know a great deal about them…the album is from 2004 and their third and most recent album was in 2008. Their official website appears to be kaput. Which is a shame, because “Fearless Vampire Killers” is a pretty great track. Enjoy.
Oh my stars and garters, the time has come round again. It’s the TWELFTH (sweet Jebus) iteration of 32 Days of Halloween, in which October reaches out and snags the end of September…because thirty-one days just isn’t enough to enjoy the First Halloween of the year. So we’ll get to what’s wrong with Bela Lugosi (above) in a second. First…
Well, unbelievably enough, we’re coming up on time to put 32 Days of Halloween back into the coffin for another year. The Halloween Season, of course, extends through New Year’s, so don’t worry yourself about that. But before we go, we need to go to an old-time radio version of a classic, “The Hitch-Hiker.” Starring Orson Welles, who performed it a few times on radio, it was later turned into a Twilight Zone episode. If you’re starved for time, at least listen to Welles’ intro.
For tonight’s revelries, let’s start off by sending you elsewhere. There’s no real way to embed an episode of Desert Island Discs, but since this is a unique and excellent interview with Vincent Price, it’s certainly worth going to check out.
Next, I recently heard the classic short story “Lamb to the Slaughter” by Roald Dahl read by Catherine O’Hara. The story is sort of like “The Tell-Tale Heart” if it had been written by…well, Roald Dahl. I couldn’t find that exactly, but here’s the next best thing: the 1958 episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents that adapted the story. And yes, that is a quite young Barbara Bel Geddes as Mary.
Update: Crap. Well, that didn’t take long. It’s been taken down, so I hereby replace it with “And So Died Riabouchinska,” which is probably the only place where Hitchcock, Ray Bradbury (story), Claude Rains and Charles Bronson all meet.