80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Looks That Kill ⛧

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There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

Seeing that Mötley Crüe is my favorite band EVER I bet you all were wondering why I haven’t done one Post on them. (Actually, I did a short one back in 2019.) Answer: I didn’t want to be that predictable – plus I wanted to savor this moment.

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve see the Crüe live. One memorable show was at De Anza College’s ampitheater. It was very intimate and we were seven rows from the stage. Nikki was interviewed that morning on one of the local stations and said that everyone attending that night was not only going to be allowed to bring in recording/video equipment but were ENCOURAGED to do so. (The band was battling with their record company at the time, but shortly thereafter Mötley Crüe would become the proud owner of their music. 🤘)

But I’ll never forget the first time I saw them live. Sacramento on the Shout at the Devil tour. (The best album. Ever. By anyone.) Coincidentally, the first time I the band was on MTV in the video for “Looks That Kill”. I was hooked.

Third track on Shout at the Devil (1983).
Released as a single later that same year.

Now, listen up
She’s a razor sharp
If she don’t get her way
She’ll slice you apart

Now she’s a cool, cool black
She moves like a cat
If you don’t get her game
Well, you might not make it back

She’s got the looks that kill
That kill
She got the looks that kill
That kill
She’s got the look

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

Now she’s bulletproof
She keeps her motor clean
And believe me, you
She’s a number thirteen

The church strikes midnight
She’s lookin’ louder and louder
She’s gonna turn on your juice, boy
Oh, then she turns on the power

She’s got the looks that kill
That kill
She got the looks that kill
That kill
She’s got the look

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got the look

Now, listen up
She’s a razor sharp
If she don’t get her way
She’ll slice you apart

Now she’s a cool, cool black
Move like a cat
If you don’t get her game
You might not make it back

She’s got the looks that kill
That kill
She got the looks that kill
That kill
She’s got the look

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

She’s got looks that kill
She’s got looks that kill

I almost used “Shout at the Devil” here, but since an original music video was never made of it I said “Fuck it. I’m saving the best for last.” (My Post. My site. My rülz!)

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80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Gonna Get Close to You 🧛‍♂️

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There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

Originally written/recorded by a group named Dalbello, “Gonna Get Close to You” is the fourth track on Rage for Order and the first single off that album. (BTW, Dalbello’s version is ANEMIC by comparison.)

I saw Queensrÿche in 2016 at Rockbar Theater and was so disappointed they didn’t include the song in their set list. My guess was there’s a copyright dispute which has prevented Queensrÿche from performing it live. (The band has been mired in copyright conflicts, although most have been with former singer, Geoff Tate.)

The accompanying video has always been one of my all-time favorites and I’m delighted to be able to share it!

I like to look at shadows sweating on the wall
I get excited when I hear your footsteps in the hall
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Ooh, outside your balcony, I have a room with a view
And I’m watching you
I dial your telephone each and every afternoon

I wait by your door till you’re asleep at night
And when you’re alone I know when you turn out the light
(Turn out the light)
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh oh, so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
I’m gonna get close

You fumble for your keys, I’m six or seven steps behind you
I’m so close to you
Are you terrified of me? What do I know about you?
How did I find out?

You think I’m a fool or maybe some kind of lunatic
You say I’m wasting my time
But I know what to do with it
It’s as plain as black and white

I’m gonna get close to you
Oh oh, so close to you
I’m gonna get close to you
Oh, so close

If you knew my infinite charm
Oh oh, there’d be no reason to be so alarmed

Maybe I’m wrong, maybe I’m right
Maybe I’m some kind of lunatic
You say I’m wasting all my time
But I know what to do with it
It is plain as black and white

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80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Creatures of the Night 🦇

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There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

The first single from KISS’ 1982 album of the same name.

Searching in the darkness, running from the day
Hiding from tomorrow, nothing left to say
Victims of the moment, future deep in doubt
Living in a whisper ’til we start to shout

We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night, hey

Breathing in the madness, spitting out the lies
Searching for an answer, keep your alibis
Don’t know where we’re goin’, just know where we’ve been
Remember when the clock strikes twelve, the losers always win

We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night, hey

Searching in the darkness, running from the day
Hiding from tomorrow, nothing left to say
Gathering up our courage, ready for the fight
Howling in the shadows ’til we start to bite

We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night
We’re creatures of the night, we’re creatures of the night

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80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Lady Evil 😈

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There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

From Black Sabbath’s ninth album, Heaven and Hell,
featuring Ronnie James Dio (RIP).

There’s a place just south of Witches’ Valley
Where they say the wind won’t blow
And they only speak in whispers of her name
There’s a lady they say who feeds the darkness
It eats right from her hand
With a crying shout she’ll search you out
And freeze you where you stand

Lady Evil, evil
She’s a magical, mystical woman
Lady Evil, evil in my mind
She’s queen of the night
All right!

In a place just south of Witches’ Valley
Where they say the rain won’t fall
Thunder cracks the sky, it makes you bleed, yeah
There’s a lady they say who needs the darkness
She can’t face the light
With an awful shout, she’ll find you out
And have you for the night

Lady Evil, evil
She’s a magical, mystical woman
Lady Evil, evil on my mind
She’s queen of the night

So if you ever get to Witches’ Valley
Don’t dream or close your eyes
And never trust your shadow in the dark
‘Cause there’s a lady I know who takes your vision
And turns it all around
The things you see are what to be, lost and never found

Lady Evil, evil
She’s a magical, mystical woman
Lady Evil, evil on my mind
She’s queen of the night

She’s the queen of sin
Look out, she’ll pull you in!
Lady wonder!

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80’s Blast (Halloween edition)::Trick or Treat 🤘

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There are music channels all over the place that play “Halloween” music during the month of October. Most of the tracks are the same-old-same-old, and many are favorites of mine like: “Werewolves of London”, “Monster Mash”, “Godzilla”, “The Purple People Eater”, “Witchy Woman”, with a special mention going to Donovan’s “Season of the Witch”. But NONE feature songs entirely from the 1980s.

I’m about to remedy that, but before we sink our fangs in there’s one thing I forgot to mention. Not only do the songs in my 80’s Blast (Halloween edition) have to be written/released in the 1980s, they also had to have a companion video BECAUSE although the lyrics may not convey “Halloween”, the video might. (Let’s face it, due to the rise of MTV the 80s was all about music videos.) So…let’s DO THIS!

Next to The Lost Boys, Trick or Treat (1986) is my favorite 80s horror movie. (Or is it the other way around?) I mean, what’s not to like? One gorgeous, long-haired mëtal dude: Sammi Curr. (Sigh…) OK, so he’s just a teensy bit torn-up (Having died in a mysterious hotel fire.) but…check out that ass. Oh, and let’s not forget an absolutely 80s-hair-mëtal-driven soundtrack by Fastway.

Suddenly everything’s alright
Everything is cool
Hey dudes I like your style
It’s the way it should

Maybe you’ll see
Someone’s put a spell on me

Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Steal your soul
Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Take control

Knock, knock, knockin’
For a sweet surprise
It’s a trick or treat

See my face true up in the skies
If ever we should meet

Maybe you’ll see
Someone’s put a spell on me

Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Steal your soul
Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Take control

So let’s rock
Rock, rock
Rock, rock

Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Steal your soul
Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Take control

Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Steal your soul
Rock and roll
Rockin’ on a midnight
Take control

We’re gonna rock it on DOWN!

Fun Factoid: Blackie Lawless (W.A.S.P.) was originally lined-up to play Sammi Curr. I ADORE Blackie but he just doesn’t have the moves – not to mention the ass – to have pulled it off as well as Tony Fields did.

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