Saturday, October 24, 2015

A Little Bit of Weird Halloween Ephemera

This weekend, our Fall fundraisers are in full swing, and it's hard to get a quiet moment in which to put up a blog post. Yeah, it's time to fall back on the "post a video" gambit. I'm going to post a somewhat obscure novelty song by a short-lived New Wave band called Electric Guitars. Wolfman Tap is a bizarre cautionary tale about a tap-dancing werewolf. I remember it getting a fair bit of airplay on the storied left-of-the-dial radio station WLIR, but I haven't heard it in years:

The opening percussion is reminiscent of Ant Music by Adam and the Ants. I'd never heard anything else by the band before, but their early stuff is pretty interesting. Another interesting tidbit, Toni Basil requested a song from the band with some interesting results. It's kind of a shame that they are best known, at least in the 'States, for a novelty track, even one as funny as a bit about a tap-dancing werewolf.


mikey said...

Funny. One of the music sources in my car is an old second generation iPod I loaded up in the early days of this century. I put it on shuffle and it's kind of interesting, and sometimes it's amazing. Today while I was running some errands it threw out "Searchin' my Soul", the Vonda Sheppard song that was the Ally McBeal theme. In the months after 9/11, I was unemployed, and unbeknownst to me, I was quickly descending into depression and madness. I spent every afternoon watching reruns of Ally McBeal and Buffy The Vampire Slayer and drinking single malt scotch.

It was a long time ago, and it's all kind of fuzzy, but suddenly hearing that song was an odd kind of nostalgia and misery. It's hard to find a past, no matter how gawd awful, we can't look back on fondly...

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

It's amazing what associations we have with a particular song, and how hearing a song can take us back to a moment in time.

My weirdest example of this is 10,000 Maniacs' "Like the Weather", a song about a cold and a rainy day (where on Earth is the sun anyway?)- that song came out in the summer, so it always reminds me of hot, sunny days.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Music is weird, indeed.