with the spooky spirit upon us all, i’ve been inspired to share a few of my favorite ghoulish records! so here we go...-dana
1. “i put a spell on you” (nina simone) – originally written & performed by screamin’ jay hawkins in 1956, “i put a spell on you” was then covered by nina simone in ‘65, giving this timeless record the credit it deserved. simone sings it like she means it. no matter how many times i listen to the track, it still manages to maintain a bit of mystery.
2. “somebody’s watching me” (rockwell) – this 1980s classic contains a hook that’s both memorable and infectious with enough energy to get an entire party moving. a playlist must for anyone hosting their own black & orange bash this weekend.
3. “black magic woman” (santana) – there’s something incredibly beautiful about the way santana utilizes a guitar. originally written & performed by fleetwood mac, this particular record does just that, adding a dash of spice and a touch of spook. another must to make your october 31st a night to remember.
column: dana salant
artwork: bri emery