Monday, October 19, 2009

31 Songs For Halloween - October 19th: “Everyday Is Halloween”

Each day this month, I’ll be spotlighting a song that seems particularly appropriate to the season.

With its playful “bop bop bop bop” scat singing and dance club-ready synthesized beats, it’s easy to think of Ministry’s “Everyday Is Halloween” as a happy party song. Even the opening lines, “Well I live with snakes and lizards/And other things that go bump in the night” seem to promise dark fun in a Danny Elfman/Tim Burton kind of way. But lead vocalist/founding member Al Jourgensen has actually fashioned a defiant anthem for individuals who are rejected by society for looking or acting differently from everyone else. “People seem to stop and stare they say/Why are you dressed like it’s Halloween/You look so absurd, you look so obscene.” The lyrics later ask, “Why can’t I live a life for me?/Why should I take the abuse that’s served?” The song acts as a sort of mist-shrouded bridge from Ministry’s early Cold Life and With Sympathy techno days to its later incarnation as an aggressive death metal band. “Everyday Is Halloween” keeps people moving on the dance floor with over six minutes of melodic keyboards and dj scratching, but it would be nice if they also absorbed Jourgensen’s plea to be more tolerant.

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