Happy Halloween everyone! While you get ready for a night on the town (or a fun night in) dressed in those Harley Quinn or Snapchat filter costumes, get pumped up with some spooky covers from strong female vocalists that are sure to be the theme song of your night.
- Smoke Season “Psycho Killer” (Talking Heads): Los Angeles based electro-alt duo gives funky, upbeat ’70s track “Psycho Killer” the modern horror story treatment in their recently released cover. Airy and seductive vocals from Gabrielle Wortman send shivers down your spine while dark electro beats mimic terrified heartbeats that can only be compared to frantically trying to run from a, well, psycho killer. The distorted harmonization between Wortman and partner Jason Rosen have a howling quality to them and ending with breathy “run”s leaves the listener with a chill after the vocals and music goes silent. It’s certainly a great song for the creeper inside of you if you’re one to try to scare people on Halloween.
- Bette Midler “I Put A Spell On You” from Hocus Pocus: You know that movie about the three witch sisters by the name of Sanderson that we HAVE to watch every Halloween? You know that infamous scene where said witch sisters crash a party and the eldest sister Winnie (played by the amazing Bette Milder) entrances her audience with a spell-bounding performance of “I Put A Spell On You” *cue the jazz hands* But did you know that the rendition that we all know and love is a cover of Jalacy “Screamin’ Jay” Hawkins‘ 1950s blues ballad? That’s right! The classic Halloween party track is based off of a song more appropriate for a different kind of party (I’ll give you a hint, another rendition of the track was featured on the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack). *wink wink* Bette Midler revived the song to its strong pop culture status that it still holds today and will forever be a Halloween favorite.
- Emily Browning “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” from Sucker Punch: It’s safe to say that most people know some version of hit ’80s earworm “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)” from Eurythmics whether you know it from Marilyn Manson‘s nightmarish (in a good way) rendition or from it being the theme of Martha Stewart’s season of The Apprentice. A version that I personally have inhibited a strong love for is the hypnotisingly creepy version from 2011’s steampunk film Sucker Punch. Yes, I know, the movie was atrocious. But the film’s star Emily Browning breathed a new and unique life to the song and certainly makes the listener feel like they are trapped in the insane asylum with her. From the overtly eerie orchestral instrumentation to Browning’s angelic yet melancholy vocals, the cover of “Sweet Dreams” definitely lacks the “sweet” and the “dreams”, which are turned into nightmares. It’s the perfect blend of sexy and creepy and an amazing power anthem for all of those badass women out there.