Don’t Listen Alone

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Last week, with a voucher worth 25 big ones to spend at Golden Discs, I asked YOU to name your favourite song mentioning ghosts, demons, devils, witches, ghouls, monsters or, even, spirits.

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner:

Third Place:

Killing Joke – On All Hallows Eve

Liam Deliverance writes:

A unusual track, it’s soft and upbeat verses and chorus, strong steady beat and soft/hard lead guitar sections. Instead of demons and ghosts rising from the dead to haunt the living world this song imagines these two worlds converging and a reunion of those lost souls who once filled our lives.

While listening it’s hard not to think of some of those souls, to be reminded of the small cracks they left in our hearts, that sting that has replaced their presence. The tempo of the track allows you to do that and it gives it a certain resonance.

Killing Joke formed in 1978 in Notting Hill, London. Their initial style was industrial rock and they played a part in influencing such bands as Metallica, Nirvana and the Nine Inch Nails.

As the years passed their style softened and they brought some electronic elements into their songs. They have produced 19 albums, On All Hallows Eve is taken from their 2012 album, MMXII

Runner-up:

The Pogues – Lullaby of London.

Niall writes:

May the ghosts that howl round the house at night never keep you from your sleep,/may they all sleep tight down in hell tonight or wherever they may be…’

This song gets me every time, I love how it encapsulates the loneliness and solitude of separation and distance. Yet another example of why Shane MacGowan is a national treasure.

Winner:

Cathie Ryan – Cailin Deas Cruite Ba mBo 

Kingfisher writes:

An English language version of Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó with suitably creepy landscapes…

Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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