And some don't even wear their skins...

D's list of songs that give her chills included a song that has always given me chills-- but not the good kind. Rather, the bad, scary, pleaseturnitoffpleaseturnitoffpleasepleaseplease kind of chills.

It's not a very long list, because I am a grownup now. But there are certain songs that I can't listen to because they actually frighten me in a little-kid-riding-the-Haunted-Mansion-for-the-first-time way.

They are:

1. A Day in the Life - As I've mentioned, I was listening to this home alone once, as a teenager, and the loudscarycacophany part came on, and I was frozen in terror. I had to hide under the covers with my hands over my ears because I was too scared to cross the room to turn it off.

2. Hotel California - I downloaded a very stupid text-based game back in the early-mid nineties. Some free piece of crap from AOL's download library. Anyway, it was based on this song, and there's a scene where you go into a room and a bunch of people are gathered around a dining table, stabbing and stabbing at a big, dead beast with their steely knives. But they just can't kill it.

The song freaks me out because each line calls up a different mental image of the creepiness of that game. And, remember, it was text-based; all of the images came from my own mind.

3. I Think I Love You - What is that chorus? That chorus is so haunted house. It's so Halloween. Bom-bom-bom-bom-bom? What is that? Is he TRYING to spook me? Honestly, I've never been able to make it through the song so I can't tell if it's SUPPOSED to sound that creepy. Or maybe it's just something about David Cassidy. I can't take it. It scares me.

4. What a Wonderful World - There's nothing inherently bad about this song. It's quite a good song, abstractly. But it's been used ironically in so many films and television shows, played over footage of horrific violence, mushroom clouds, devestation and destruction, that I get a Pavlovian sense of hopelessness and despair whenever I hear it. Which is pretty much whenever I walk into a restaurant at lunchtime.

Oddly enough, the theme from Disney's The Haunted Mansion (the ride, not the movie, which I have never seen) isn't remotely scary. It's great. So there's my recommendation: "Grimming Grinning Ghosts" from the real ride soundtrack of The Haunted Mansion, featuring the late, great Thurl "Tony the Tiger" Ravenscroft.


Blogger Kirsten said...

HA! Dude, did I ever play you the Tokyo Disney version of "Grinning Ghosts"?

Holy warped, m'friend.

12:02 AM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Tavie said...

Yes. Yes, you did.

Did you recognize my title quote?

9:01 AM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger d said...

I think the overture to jesus christ superstar would be number 1 on my list. I used to hide in the bathroom whenever my mom played it. (shivers at the aural memory)

10:02 AM, June 16, 2005  
Blogger Kirsten said...


11:22 AM, June 16, 2005  
Anonymous mike said...

The Beatles' "Revolution 9" used to do it for me. I still find it creepy.

1:29 PM, June 17, 2005  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Tavie, maybe the reason that "What a Wonderful World" scares you is because Louis Armstrong sounds a bit like someone you love that says "Hey, hey, hey!"

11:18 AM, June 19, 2005  
Blogger Tavie said...


10:06 AM, June 21, 2005  

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