Rocktober – Masquerade Music

Friday night, 12:30 AM

Friday Night Videos

The primary aspect of Halloween is not the horror or scary stuff, but costumes and masquerades. People love to play at being something other than themselves once a year, as an escape from their everyday lives. A chance to do something different.

Music sometimes comes in costume too. Consider a chart-topping funk/jazz/R&B song which was actually written by a white guy…

Thanks to heavy airplay on urban contemporary radio stations, “I Can’t Go for That” also topped the U.S. R&B chart, a rare feat for a White act. According to the Hall and Oates biography, Hall, upon learning that “I Can’t Go For That” had gone to number one on the R&B chart, wrote in his diary, “I’m the head soul brother in the U.S. Where to now?” – Wiki entry on “I Can’t Go For That”

…which was later dressed up as a bossa nova by a female singer from Singapore -

For more literal costuming in music, there’s wdydfae‘s request for some Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Serious costume overdose here -

Insane keytar aside, I’ve never seen anyone play drums with nunchuks before.

Final Friday Finale next week, but there may be more Rocktober sets between now and then.


It’s Twosday, two years and two months after I first started this thing, and this is the 200th post.

Past that, I got nothin’ to say, so here’s a fun image with one of my favorite characters cheerily celebrating 200 -

Flash 200

Ack! Wrong 200. That’s not exactly sunshiny and cheerful. Let’s try again…

Batman 200

Better. There’s even a couple shots of Bats smiling. Who woulda thunk it?

Thanks to everyone who hangs out here.


Rocktober Extra – The Mystery Of Roll

When you see a chance, take it /  To make bad puns, fake it

While you see a chance, take it / For awful puns, make ‘em

Rocktober Extra – The Majesty Of Rock

In the shade of a jungle glade
Or the rush of the crushing street
On the plain, on the foamy main
You can never escape from the beat

It’s in the mud and it’s in your blood
And it’s conquest is complete.
And all that you can do is just surrender

- Spinal Tap, “The Majesty Of Rock

Rap has beats, but rock beats rap

Rap has beats, but rock beats rap. And lizard poisons Spock

Rocktober – Breaking Space And Time

12:30 Friday night and Halloween is near \m/

Friday Night Videos

NASA has recorded the sounds of the universe. It is a hauntingly disturbing place. IO and Uranus seem especially unfriendly…

But it was not always so. At first, the darkness was silent… until terrible salvation emerged in rhythm and light and sound -

Rocktober – Nine Eternities Of Doom

It’s 12:30 am EST, another installment of Rocktober’s Friday Night Videos is here.

Friday Night Videos

The first request is from Maeve -

Come As You Are

(because it creeps me out, especially when performed by Civil Twilight)

Creepy indeed, but personally I find the original more threatening, especially considering how unhinged Kurt was.*

Speaking of threatening and sinister… out of all the vampires and pirates and other assorted monsters, possibly the most dangerous is the quiet, methodical, coldly efficient killer. Like, you know, David Byrne.

Live wire he may be when he’s burning down houses, but Byrne is nothing compared to Vincent Price, who lays out his plans to the number with  calculating ruthlessness -

This movie has to be seen to be believed. It’s billed as a comedy horror film, and there are some bits of humor (usually very dark), but it’s twisted as hell, and Price is absolutely convincing as a genius bent on killing.

Tonight’s feature presentation – The Abominable Dr. Phibes


* You knew it, everyone knew it, even before he died.

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Request Lines Open

Got a song you want played during this week’s Rocktober’s Friday Night Videos?

Leave a comment with your request. DON’T link to a video, or things will bog down quickly. Just Song Title & Artist, with a line or two about why you chose it.

If you weren’t tuned in to NightSkyRadio last year (what’s your excuse?), check out the Ten Nights Of Hell Countdown -


P.S. Diddy, it’s in the queue.

1st Friday Of Rocktober

It’s Rocktober and Halloween is coming. It’s Friday night 12:30 EST, time for a  kickass Friday Night Video.

Friday Night Videos

You do remember Friday Night Videos, don’t you? If not, you can stay but be quiet so you can learn something. In short, it was a music video show (well, yeah) that premiered in 1983 and ran through the 80s and 90s until 2002, well after MTV had stopped running music videos outside the 2AM-4AM timeslot.

Alice In Chains kicks it off -

Al Sharpton’s Boob Tube

Al gives permission – nay, orders – to stare at women’s chests.

H/T Ed Driscoll


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