Witch Way to Go: The Perfect "Season of the Witch" Playlist Featuring Korn, Soundgarden, Five Finger Death Punch, Queens of the Stone Age and More
Mon, 03 Jan 2011 13:23:19
Happy Witching Season, everyone! Now that the Holidays are winding down, we can look forward to the time of year when witches rule. Let me explain: on January 7th, Season of the Witch—starring Nicolas Cage—hits theatres everywhere. It recounts a tale of fourteenth century knights who have to transport a suspected witch to a monastery. Lucky for her, Guantanamo Bay didn’t exist yet! Ergo, here are the top ten witching songs for your stewing pleasure.
ARTISTdirect.com contributor Mark Phillips recounts the best songs to listen to while watching Season of the Witch or hunting a witch, including jams and gems from Korn, Soundgarden, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Queens of the Stone Age, Five Finger Death Punch and more…
Queens of the Stone Age — "Burn The Witch"
Josh Homme and company gave us this barn-burner of a witch-burner on their 2005 album, Lullabies To Paralyze. It features Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and turns into a sort of catchy, bluesy parade. Witch hunts have never sounded so fun!
Wolfmother — "Witchcraft"
Wolfmother wails like, well, like I would imagine an actual wolf mother would. On top of that, they’re wailing about witchcraft! Off with their heads! These guys from down under use their sorcery to craft a riff straight out of 1973- in a very good way.
The Eagles — "Witchy Woman"
"She can rock you in the nighttime/ 'til your skin turns red," Don Henley warns on this, one of The Eagles's classic tracks. Sounds like she's from Amsterdam! Listeners, beware. This song was also a source of controversy on an episode of Seinfeld, wherein Elaine thought it was pronounced "witchay woman." After all, it was a show about nothing.
Santana — "Black Magic Woman"
Santana is one of the best guitarists to ever roam the earth- bewitching us with his smooth, Latin licks. He's got himself a black magic woman, who- let's not kid ourselves- is really just a nicer way to say "witch."
Teddybears — "Magic Kraut"
Teddybears are a cool electronic outfit that have paired with Iggy Pop and have had their songs featured on several commercials. This track is purely instrumental, and keeps a quick pace. "Magic Kraut" sounds like something a German witch would serve. I’ve never had it, but it sounds delicious.
Jimi Hendrix — "Voodoo Chile"
I’m noticing a trend here- a lot of classic rock artists loved them some voodoo and black magic. It seems like a lot of the best odes to witchery seem to come from this era. Mr. Hendrix does not disappoint in that regard- his soul-crunching, swiveling "Voodoo Chile" will give you some extra "mojo."
Beastie Boys — "She's Crafty"
We chose this one because it uses "crafty"- like witchcraft! Get it? O-k! If you haven't heard this classic Beastie Boys track from their breakout album, License To Ill, you must be living under a rock or you are somehow reading this article from the year 1985. If that's the case- invest in something called "Google"!
Stevie Wonder — "Superstition"
We all know and love this funky jam from Stevie Wonder. However, did you know that Stevie's last name really isn't "Wonder"? He was born Stevland Hardaway Judkins. It's slightly less catchy than his stage name, so we understand the move.
INXS — "Mystify Me"
INXS busts out the piano on this track, which is somewhat uncharacteristic of this eighties juggernaut outfit. It almost sounds like it could be a standard- something sung in a bygone era. Who knows, maybe Tony Bennett will cover it!
Soundgarden — "Superunknown"
"Alive in the Superunknown/ first it steals your mind/ and then it steals your soul," the legendary Chris Cornell wails on the namesake track from Soundgarden's seminal album, Superunknown. You know what they always say- if it sounds like a witch, and it walks like a witch, it’s a duck! I mean, witch.
Korn — "K@#Ø%!"
Korn describe a "real" witch better than any other band in history with this poetically profane little ditty from Life Is Peachy. It's definitely harsh at points, but this is Korn at their most raw. It's extremely catchy, gutturally groove-y, and disturbingly awesome. They cast a spell like no other here that'll repel any witch, evil woman, parent, priest, or Hilary Clinton…[Check out our most interview with Korn singer Jonathan Davis here!]
Five Finger Death Punch — "Succubus"
This track from Five Finger Death Punch's deluxe edition of War Is The Answer is a punk-y, thrash-y tale about an insipid broad who sinks her teeth in and won't let go. Ivan Moody sounds hauntingly hypnotic on the hook as Zoltan Bathory rips a solo that flies faster than a broomstick out of hell. Don't let the "Succubus" sneak into your dreams unless you've got some Five Finger Death Punch blaring to scare her off—or dance with her… [Check out our most recent interview with Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody here!]
Arthur Miller's classic play, The Crucible, uses the Salem witch trials as an allegory for 1950's America- commenting on the paranoid "witch hunts" that can occur when fear overcomes rationality in the public forum. The most important thing I learned from it? If you see a witch, report them! Be sure to check out Season of the Witch starting January 7th and remember- if you feel a little pinch, it's probably one of your enemies performing voodoo on you.
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What do you think the best witch song is?
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