Here's a killer hand clapping record from 1965. Johnny Sayles started out with Ike Turner before turning solo and waxing some gritty Chicago style party funk. "My Love's A Monster" is a must have on your next Halloween playlist. Beware, and enjoy!
These 60s darlings went through a rock n' roll transformation in the early seventies. The Hollies, and their cutesy pop reputation, needed a hard rock makeover if they expected to compete with their heavier sounding contemporaries (The Who, Status Quo, etc.). When "Hey Willy" was released in 1971 and was unlike anything they had ever recorded before. This track stands toe-to-toe, or platform-to-platform, with the best bowiesque glam music being produced at the time. Enjoy.
Larry Jon Wilson's "Sheldon Churchyard" brings the eerie swamp funk in his 1976 LP Let Me Sing My Song To You. Rumors of witchcraft and voodoo haunt an old Carolina township in this spellbinding example of southern gothic storytelling.
Here's a great version of the often covered "Spooky". The obscure groove was released in the late sixties, without lyrics, by Mike Sharpe and Harry Middlebrookes JR. Sadly, information is scarce regarding this particular 45 by Decca label's Sasperella.
"Where Evil Grows" is a deliciously sinister slice of bubblegum pop from the 1971 LP Poppy Seeds. The song, which is rumored to have been inspired by the Manson murders, has a creepy coolness that I particularly enjoy.
Peggy Lee's "Sneakin' Up On You", from her 1965 LP Pass Me By, might be the cutest stalker song ever recorded. Several versions were released in the mid-to-late sixties (including Elaine Delmar's slinky and seductive, ultra-groovy recording below), but what places Peggy Lee's version on top? Simple. She playfully incorporates cat purring into the chorus. Enough said.