Mr Scruff's Halloween playlist
Featuring Fela Kuti, Le Noiz, Giuliano Sorgini and Whodini
Fela Kuti - ‘Zombie’
A 12-and-a-half minute afro-funk groove from the father of Afrobeat. The lyrics are about the Nigerian army, but it works perfectly well in a spooky situation.
Al Kooper, Mike Bloomfield & Stephen Stills - ‘Season Of The Witch’
Before he was one quarter of CSN&Y, blues guitarist Stills led this lengthy cover of Donovan’s pioneering psych-rock number, as sampled by The Pharcyde on 'Ya Mama'
Giuliano Sorgini - ‘The Living Dead at the Manchester Morgue’
Creepy yet occasionally poppy soundtrack to Jorge Grau’s 1974 Spanish/Italian horror. It was a very scarce and expensive album to get hold of before last year's CD reissue.
Whodini - ‘The Freaks Come Out At Night’
Early 80s electro-hip hop. I remember playing this on tape back in 1985 when I was part of a spooky themed carnival float!
Le Noiz - ‘I’m Scared’
Another pioneering work, this one from the alter ego of Jesse Saunders. Near impossible to track down online, but you can listen to the B-side, ‘Get Out’.
Mr Scruff, Potterrow, Edinburgh, Thu 17 Nov; The Arches, Glasgow, Fri 18 Nov.