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ELH1 - Halloween Special: Pitch Black Manor’s “Monster Classics” & The Spits’ “Haunted Fang Castle”

October 24, 2021

Purchase our album picks on Bandcamp https://pitchblackmanor.bandcamp.com/album/monster-classics & eMusic https://www.emusic.com/album/4953371/The-Spits/Scion-AV-Garage-Presents-The-Spits---Haunted-Fang-Castle 


Structure:  Introducing Loveheart & her experience raising a kid in the 21st century w/ music (0:00-8:55); Basic specs for “Monster Classics” & Loveheart introduces PBM & favoring bands w/ personal connections is considered (8:55-13:40) The dangers of musical nepotism, successful promotion of self-released music, after age 30 how loud is “too loud”?, genres, impressive production, other bands, vocals & lyrics, a passion for horror movies, horror soundtracks atmosphere vs. pop singles (13:40-28:49) Individual songs on “Monster Classics”, Loveheart’s personal music experiences, what songs we skip on an album,  (28:49-39:08) RIYLs, closing tracks, the music videos, festive family time (39:08-45:45) Ratings & PBM’s discography (45:45-48:05) Transition between album picks w/ “holiday” music & the need for a 21st-century Halloween music canon, spooky architecture, Midwestern rock, a novelty band Vs. a novelty album (48:05-55:09) Basic specs for “Haunted Fang Castle” & the storytelling media of the 1980s to early 1990s before CDs & the internet, the advent of on-demand entertainment & youth’s veneration of physical media in a remote/digital environment, classroom tech, & circling back to “Haunted Fang Castle” (55:09-1:05:20) characters in the story, individual songs (1:05:20-1:12:15) The Spits in general & our shared John Waters thoughts, Loveheart’s evolving punk assessments, discography & RIYLs (1:12:15-1:19:11) ratings (1:19:11-end)


Pitch Black Manor is RIYL:  Mike Patton, Rocky Horror Picture Show, White Zombie?, Voltaire, Bowie, Iggy Pop, Ministry, Devo, Voot Warnings, Goblin Cock, Marilyn Manson, My Life w/ the Thrill Kill Kult, Melancholic Bitch 


The Spits are RIYL:  The Ramones, The Kills, dirty/old-school garage & punk rock, catchy little ditties 


“Monster Classics” album review https://regenmag.com/reviews/review-pitch-black-manor-monster-classics/   

& a news release https://www.quadcities.com/articles/pitch-black-manor-returns-with-new-record-after-25-years/  PBM's many music videos set to classic horror films on their YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/PitchBlackManor 


The producer, Erik Peabody, may be responsible for this very spooky channel, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights.


David Bowie narrates “Peter & the Wolf” https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLonWRv9u8k-p-hpprl3rr-PmDOhlAzm1a 


The Spits have a YouTube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF6qXluX-R7QqxEPi0LvS4g  , but most of their live concert footage is on other channels.  John Waters gives The Spits live set a fine introduction here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3zw4b4yldg 


Bands mentioned for playing in black, hooded robes include The Spits , Secret Chiefs 3, & Goblin Cock.  Might there be more?


Loveheart mentions the vocals on “Blasphemy” as akin to Cradle of Filth. Furious George as a “goofy” punk rock band https://www.allmusic.com/artist/furious-george-mn0000801584 .  


Once again, the vampire rock band comedy “Suck” (2009) is recommended:  https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1323605/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_5 


Three other fine, often very scary movies mentioned in the episode:  Gods & Monsters , It Follows , & Green Room.  


Loveheart mentions FZ’s “Baby Snakes”.


DJ Poseur's Halloween mixes:  "Dark Chills" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBeakfAKFQbVbJzD-leE83ysJYCbmY_3 & "Halloween Hits" https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLCBeakfAKFQavg1LNLkY_16focO89wXG9