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Song of the Day 10/30/08

With Halloween just a couple of days away, here’s more real scary stuff, as we count down the alltime top 666 greatest songs all the way to #1 (the full list is at top right). Today’s song is #635:

The Dream Syndicate – Halloween

The best song on the first album by Steve Wynn’s legendary noise-rock band was ironically one he didn’t write (lead guitarist Karl Precoda did). Kendra Smith’s matter-of-fact stalker bassline sets the stage for the dueling twin guitars’ savage slasher attack. Play this one with the lights out. The original album cut is the best, but there are numerous live versions by both the Dream Syndicate and Wynn and his band, many of them absolutely transcendent, at archive.org.

October 30, 2008 - Posted by | Lists - Best of 2008 etc., Music | , , ,

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