Sunday, October 23, 2011

T-minus 8

Ok, so I'm sort of cheating again. While today's song is fairly scary, I have to admit that it isn't directly related to The Munsters.  It does, however, pay homage to both The Munsters and The Addams Family by mentioning Lily Munster by name and including some finger snaps and an organ run that are reminiscent of The Addams Family theme.  I also just think it's a great song and wanted to include it at some point, so Munsters weekend seemed like a good time to do it.  

The band is Type O Negative, a gothic metal group from Brooklyn, New York, and the song is "Black No. 1," which is about, well, hair dye. Really it's about more than that, but the title refers to the blackest hair dye one can buy.  The song was a huge hit for the band in 1993 and helped their album Bloody Kisses reach Platinum status. They would go on to release four more albums, but sadly lead singer Peter Steele died in 2010, which marked the end of the band.

While the band did incorporate a lot of dark elements into their music, they also displayed a wry sense of humor and a broad range of influences. For instance, their album Bloody Kisses featured a killer cover of the 1972 Seals & Crofts hit "Summer Breeze." Their music has also been included on several video games and on a DVD of the 1922 silent film classic Nosferatu, where the soundtrack was completely overdubbed with Type O Negative songs.

Oh, Peter Steele, Herman Munster ain't got nothing on you.

Or maybe he does! Here's Herman singing "Dry Bones":

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