Rockin' In The Graveyard

For The Month Of October, Your One Stop Shop For The Best In Spooky Tunes

Unless you did some real digging into the farthest, dustiest corners of the web, you'd think that besides Arbor Day, Emma M. Nutt Day and National Beheading Day (wait, what...awesome) Halloween is one of the most sadly neglected holidays to have any sonic representation. Unlike Christmas, whose season produces enough music on a yearly basis to place an unsold copy or two of some boy band's rendition of Silent Night in every home on the planet, Halloween seemingly gets shafted time and time again with nothing other than cheaply produced CDs priced at $5 found at the checkout aisle in Walgreens. We've all heard Monster Mash one hundred times and we're all sick to death of it. "Surely," the discriminating Halloween lover asks himself "there has got to be better pickings then these same 10 songs on the same discs ever single season!" Well luckily for you, not only are you right but you've come to the right place. For the entirety of the month of October as part of our countdown to Halloween, we here at The October Country are going to be giving you dear readers, who can't stomach hearing The Purple People Eater one more time (lest you become completely unglued and pick up the nearest sharp implement and start stabbing in all directions), the opportunity to scoop up the very best in obscure, vintage music that couldn't be called anything other (or less cool) than "monster rock". By the time the clock strikes 12 midnight on October 31st, you should have enough music to throw a weekend long Halloween Party (or enough to fill your autumn tinted days and cloudy, spooky nights until then...it's the only music we listen to during this time of year). Oh. and don't even get me started on the Halloween themed horror film scores that should start popping up on these pages in the next few days. Lastly, before our month long countdown finishes, we are going to be unveiling two special albums (or mixtapes if you will) specially compiled for The October Country's dedicated readers. One album will consist of additional "monster rock" not collected on any other albums and the second release will act as an instrumental alternative to the standard (and yet again, tired and boring and played out) "special effects" albums that are seemingly nothing more than rattling chains and ghostly wails that most play on their front stoop during trick or treat. Keep checking back here for all your Halloween music needs.

Today's offering is a double-bill spooktacular of pure 50's & 60's rock and roll! Most of these were recorded before The Monster Mash (and to my mind, many of them deserve that song's throne) but had unfortunately fallen into the cracks of obscurity since. That is, until now. So step right up boils and ghouls and snatch up your copies of over 120 minutes of delightful, unadulterated creepy nostalgia!*

Horror Hop

1.Tommy King - Bo Diddle in the Jungle
2.The Motiviations - The Birds
3.The Drivers - Dry Bones Twist
4.Big Bee Kornegay - At the House of Frankenstein
5.Kip Tyler - She's My Witch
6.Billy Sills - Night Mare
7.The Revels - Foo Man Choo
8.The Zoo - Mickey Lee Lane
9.Lee Ross - The Mummy's Bracelet
10.Lou Chaney - Monster Holiday
11.Evans Carroll - The Monster
12.Lord Luther - Teenage Creature
13.Ben Colder - Shudders and Screams
14.The Duponts - Screamin' Ball
15.The Savoys - The Mortal Monster Man
16.The Revels - Midnight Stroll
17.Tony's Monstrosities - Igor's Party
18.Jack Hammer - Black Widow Spider Woman
19.Dave Gardner - Mad Witch
20.John Sowell - Night Mares
21.Bobby Bare - Vampira
22.Smiley Smith - Voo Doo Woman
23.Tarantula Ghoul - Graveyard Rock
24.The Frantics - Werewolf
25.Billy Taylor - Wombie Zombie
26.Macey Ross - Big Chief Buffalo
27.Kip Taylor - Jungle Hop
28.Pasquale & the Lunar Tiks - Moon Madness
29.Gary Warren - Werewolf
30.Sonny Day - Creature from Outer Space
31.Phil Carter - Amazon

"I was teenage creature. I was junior wolfman, tonight there's a werewolf moon. Come and hold my hairy hand down at the Black Lagoon. I was the teenage creature."

Monster Bop

1. Jackie Morningstar- Rockin' In The Graveyard
2. Carl Bonafede- Were Wolf
3. Jerry Coulston- Caveman Hop
4. Rod Willis-The Cat
5. Jack & Jim- Midnight Monsters Hop
6. Scottie Stuart- Nightmare
7. Leroy Bowman- Graveyard
8. Mack Allen Smith- The Skeleton Fight
9. Jimmy Dee- The Monster Hop
10. Carl Bonafede- Story That's True
11. Bert Convey- The Gorilla
12. Joe Wallace- Leopard Man
13. Earl Patterson- Nightmare Hop
14. Bobby Please- The Monster
15. The Phantom Five- Graveyard
16. Tommy Roe- Caveman
17. The Daylighters- Mad House Stomp
18. Jim Burgett- Jekyll & Hyde
19. Chris Kevin- Haunted House
20. Mike Fern- The Head Hunters
21. Round Robin- I'm The Wolf Man
22. The Hollywood Flames- Frankenstein's Den
23. Bert Convey- The Monster Hop
24. Carlos Casal Jr.- Don't Meet Mr. Frankenstein
25. The Keytones- I Was A Teenage Monster
26. The Castle Kings- You Can Get Him Frankenstein
27. Joe Johnson- The Gila Monster
28. Eddie Thomas- Frankenstein Rock
29. Randy Luck- I Was A Teen-Age Cave Man
30. Ivan- Frankie Frankenstein

"Shudders and screams come from the window of the house where we use to dwell. Bubbles and steam and lots of wild laughter, oh what a hair-raising yell."

*Available during the month of October only. All the downloads on here are for evaluation/preview purposes and if you download something that you like, then you should buy the DVD, CD, tape, or vinyl it comes from if it's available. Thanks


  1. You're definitely speaking my language, sir! I'm a sucker for monster rock and have a whole playlist full of the stuff. Perfect for getting you in the autumnal mood. Looking forward to more of this feature!

  2. Oh buddy, I have so much music to offer up this month I don't even know where to start. Unfortunately it's one of the most time consuming things we do here on the website, so while I am pulling my hair out it is heartening to know that someone, somewhere out there, is appreciating it. Keep checking back for more!


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