It’s Halloween! Pretty soon. So we’re asking people we like to pick the scariest songs they know.
Who: Jon Solomon, lord of the DJs @ WPRB
What: While I wanted to respond to your question with either the caterwauls of Suicide's "Frankie Teardrop" or the debut Factorymen record, which sounds like a serial killer's plaintive cry for help, I can't shake how completely frozen with fear I was as a nine year old the first time I saw Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" on Friday Night Videos.
Why: For whatever reason, the glowing-eyed characters in this softly lit video FREAKED. ME. OUT. like little else.
I think tonight's probably the first time I could stomach watching the whole thing since I was so scared as a kid three decades ago. Any time this video subsequently came on again after that initial traumatic viewing I had to cover my face or more likely scamper out of the room.
The 3:27 mark onwards is pure childhood terror. The 5:10 reveal still makes me all kinds of uncomfortable, but in the years that passed I had built up there being even more demon choir boys than there actually are.
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