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2 Cups Of Blood (the Not me, boss Hallowe’en mix)

October 12, 2007

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1. Dr John – Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya
2. AC/DC – Hells Bells
3. Liars – There’s Always Room On The Broom
4. The Birthday Party – Release The Bats
5. Cozy Powell – Dance With The Devil
6. The Fall – New Face In Hell
7. Method Man – Sandman
8. PiL – Flowers Of Romance
9. Godley and Creme – Under Your Thumb
10. Crystalites – Blacula
11. Black Sabbath – Iron Man
12. Botox Zombies – I Was A Teenage Satan Worshipper
13. Innerzone Orchestra – Blakula
14. Gravediggaz – 2 Cups Of Blood
15. Upsetters – Black Bat
16. Marsha Hunt – Walk On Gilded Splinters  

I’ve gone for a voodoo, Satanism, witchcraft, priapic goth, occult Lancastrian visionary, horrorcore, ghost story, blaxploitation vampire, Obeah, gothic nursery rhyme kind of vibe, with big drums.

Dr John’s dragon blood, secret sand, and broken heart and get together drops should warm you up enough for the bells of hell, and then there’s Liars’ ‘There’s Always Room On The Broom’, the radio-friendly unit shifter from their bracing concept album about witches, They Were Wrong So We Drowned. 

The songs about bats, devils, hell and the sandman speak for themselves. PiL’s Flowers of Romance is technically unspooky, but you only have to listen (or watch the TOTP performance) to know where I’m coming from. And when I was a kid I remember getting scared shitless by Godley and Creme’s tale of seeing the ghost of a train station suicide, so I had to stick it on here.

I don’t know much about Botox Zombies but I love ‘I Was A Teenage Satan Worshipper’, an electro-disco confessional including what sounds like a eurotrash zombie with a crystal meth habit repping his Satan-worshipping posse: “We’re fun, we’re beautiful, we’ve done everything you’ve ever dreamed of.”

Innerzone Orchestra is one of Carl Craig’s many pseudonymous projects. Programmed is my favourite of his studio albums; it’s got a typically vague concept (something to do with computers, surveillance, and, er, a there’s a vampire and stuff) which Craig’s got too many good musical ideas to keep in mind.

The Upsetters’ ‘Black Bat’ is an awesome dub I found on the bargain compilation Original Bass Culture a few years ago, described by Ian McCann in the sleevnotes as being “full of the creepy magic of Obeah, the Jamaican mystical religion”. And to end where we began, only foxier, Marsha Hunt’s version of the bad doctor’s  ‘Walk on Gilded Splinters’).

2 Cups Of Blood

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