Halloween will certainly look a lot different this year, but there’s no provincial mandate on reigning in the scare factor indoors.
Check out these eight cover songs that are a sure bet to raise the creepiness level on your halloween playlist for 2020.
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The Lemonheads – “Skulls” (Misfits Cover)
You can’t compose a list of halloween-inspired cover tunes and not include some Misfits. Enter: Evan Dando covering “Skulls.” The Lemonheads shared this version of the horror-punk classic in 1990 and it appeared on the Favorite Spanish Dishes EP.
Lorde – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (Tears For Fears Cover)
New Zealand-based superstar Lorde took on Tears For Fears’ iconic new wave number and turned into a track that is fit to soundtrack the end of humanity. Her cover of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” was first used in the 2013 film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and has since appeared in several other television shows, video game trailers, and film trailers.
This Mortal Coil – “Late Night” (Syd Barrett Cover)
This Mortal Coil’s spin on Syd Barrett’s quaint psychedelic cut “Late Night” sounds like something you’d watch over a movie trailer that’s bound to give you nightmares.
Xiu Xiu – “Sycamore Tree” (Twin Peaks Cover)
Here’s a match made in
heaven hell for halloween. Take the inherent creepiness of the music from David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and lend it a helping of Xiu Xiu vocalist Jamie Stewart’s raw, shaking delivery and you’ve got yourself a recipe for some hair-raising tones.
Henry Rollins – “Ghostrider” (Suicide Cover)
The soundtrack explosion of the 1980s and 90s churned out its share of interesting cover songs, including Henry Rollins’ take on Suicide’s “Ghostrider” for the 1994 film The Crow. The former Black Flag frontman swaps Suicide’s pioneering use of synths and drum machines for his own signature drawling delivery, resulting in a number worthy of being played while you’re being stalked around a haunted house.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Avalanche” (Leonard Cohen Cover)
Leonard Cohen’s “Avalanche” is bleak enough on its own, so why not let Nick Cave put his own desolate spin on it? The result is certainly creepy, as if we’d expect anything less from this prince of darkness.
Gary Jules – “Mad World” (Tears For Fears Cover)
Yet another nod to a Tears For Fears song, Gary Jules’ take on “Mad World” first entered the public consciousness after it was used in the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko. It was later used in a TV spot for the Xbox game franchise Gears of War.
Pia Ashley – “Every Breath You Take” (The Police Cover)
The 2016 reboot of The Blair Witch Project, simply titled Blair Witch, was a critical flop and didn’t do much damage at the Box Office either. Its trailer, though, is the stuff that nightmares are made of thanks to its use of little known singer Pia Ashley’s cover of The Police’s “Every Breath You Take.”