Thursday, October 30, 2014

Something wicked this way comes.

Are carnivals the new zombies or something? Seems like everywhere you turn these days, there's another roving band of freaks, creepy clowns, and tetanus-inducing thrill rides. Just this month has seen the beginning of the carnival-based American Horror Story, as well as Elvira's new carnival/circus-themed Knott's Scary Farm show, Elvira's Big Top. It would be just fine with me if carnivals are the new hip thang, because if there's one thing I love more than actual carnivals, it's carnival-based horror.

The kid-friendly band Jelly of the Month Club were so inspired by the wonders/horrors of carnivals that they wrote a song about them that is now being used in the Elvira show mentioned above. "Welcome to the Carnival" is from the band's debut album of last year, and while the rest of the songs on the album are cute fun about dolphins, lemonade, and waffles, this one is a spooky roll call of all the weirdness one will see upon stepping foot on the midway. Its driving gypsy beat would get Gomez Addams dancing the Mamushka, and the chorus of back-up singers sound like they are moaning their ghostly harmonies from beyond the grave. 

The song is full of wondrous sights/sounds, so step right up, the show's starting now! But do not enter if you are weak of heart or mind--no refunds, no exceptions. 

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