Jonathan Coulton’s Horror Songs

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As we are closing in on this year’s Halloween, I wanted to share some of my favorite songs with themes fitting for this holiday.

Turns out almost all of them were Jonathan Coulton songs!

 

I hope you will enjoy this collection of tunes, and that it can help you if you ever need to make a Halloween party playlist.

 

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Re: Your Brains

A douchey email from a zombie middle-manager trying to hash out a deal with the remaining human leadership.

His proposal; They eat our brains, but no one’s gonna eat our eyes.

Seems fair.

 

Creepy Doll

A creepy doll is following you everywhere, judging your every action.

 

Skullcrusher Mountain

A romantic song about an evil mastermind, and his love for his new prisoner.

It is not worth causing the end of the world if you don’t have anyone to share it with.

 

Future Soon

A sad song about a heart-broken teen who will grow up into a cybernetic genius with a robot army.

 

Blue Sunny Day

The tragic tale of a depressed vampire, mourning his lost love.

 

Don’t Feed the Trolls

The scaries subject covered by Coulton yet – internet trolls.

I can barely imagine a more horrible group of monsters.

 

 

 

Top 5 Songs from ‘MoS: Level 8’

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Back in February, I shared my favorite song from each ‘Miracle of Sound’ album.

This proved to be very difficult, as there are so many great songs there!

So I have decided to make a Top 10 or Top 5 list for each album, depending on how big the album is to begin with.

 

5. Welcome To The Family

From what I have gathered without actually playing the game yet, the creepy Southern twang in this song perfectly represents ‘Resident Evil 7’s setting and story.

I am looking forward to playing it, once I am done with my backlog.

 

4. Another Round Of Gwent

One of my favorite parts ‘The Witcher 3’ is Gwent, the card game that is integrated into the main experience.

Traveling a war-torn fantasy land to play and collect cards for a 2-player competitive card-game is the cherry on top of the delicious cake that is ‘The Witcher 3’, so I am 100% in agreement with this song.

 

3. Into The Wild

I am in the process of completing my first Zelda game, and it is not the one this song was based on.

Still, the song inspires the same awe and adventurousness that I think is common for all those games, and it makes me exited to get to this entry in the series.

 

2. When The Wolves Cry Out

Jon Snow is one of my favorite characters in ‘Game Of Thrones’.

This song gives a good indication to anyone unfamiliar with the show just what makes it so enjoyable to follow the Stark bastard.

 

1. Upside Down

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And with that, I am now ready for the release of ‘Level 9’ later this year!

If you liked this music, you can buy the album here!

 

Jonathan Coulton’s Thing-A-Week

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Between September 2005 and September 2006, singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton produced and released one song each week, in an attempt to keep himself occupied after having quit his job as a software programmer to focus on his music career.

This lead to 52 tracks released for free on his website, which he distributed onto four albums that he released between August and December of 2006.

Each album is linked with the season it was recorded, the first one featuring fall songs, the second winter songs, the third spring songs, and the fourth summer songs.

Here are three of my favorite songs from each album:

 

One: Fall

My Monkey

This song features a narrator who tries to explain his feelings to their significant other, but projects his emotions onto a monkey.

The version being performed by Coulton, Paul & Storm and Molly Lewis in the video above changes the words “my monkey” into “Wil Wheaton”, a fellow geek icon in the audience.

 

Shop Vac

A song about suburban angst, expressed through vacuum cleaners.

 

Furry Old Lobster

A musical tribute to the fictional original lobster (a type of sea otter) from the book ‘Areas of My Expertise’ written by longtime Coulton collaborator John Hodgman.

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Two: Winter

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This song was based on John Hodgman’s ‘How to Lead a Double Life (or Death)’ lecture, and the NPR morning anchor Soterios Johnson.

 

Curl

A song about the skipper (team captain) of a Minnesotan curling club, serving as an anthem for curlers from Minnesota.

 

A Talk With George

A song about the journalist and author George Plimpton, with a message of living life to its fullest.

The song won the Plimpton Project’s 2006 song contest.

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Three: Spring

Tom Cruise Crazy

A song lamenting the societal strains that are put on the insanely famous.

This performance features backing vocals by Paul and Storm, with Kristen Shirts on ukulele.

 

Not About You

A song not about the narrator’s ex-girlfriend.

 

Drinking With You

A romantic proposal to go out drinking with a colleague.

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Four: Summer

Sky Mall

A musical tribute to airline shopping catalogs.

 

Big Bad World One

A song about being overwhelmed by a constant feeling of failure, as performed in American sign language by Stephen Torrence.

 

I’m Your Moon

A love song to the planet Pluto, “performed by” Pluto’s moon Charon following Pluto’s demotion to a dwarf planet.

Charon and Pluto are much closer in size than the average moon and planet, causing the two to revolve around each other, something which is quite romantic.

 

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I am saving a few of my other favorite songs from this project for a Halloween songs post and a Christmas songs post, so stay posted!