Hello and welcome to Friday! As we move forward through the month you may recognize a number of the songs I add to the Halloween playlist, but a few others may be a bit obscure. There's a good chance those are tunes I either ran into in college radio at WKKL in West Barnstable, MA or in my many hours spent these days listening to internet radio-stations and then branching-out on my own. Today's song selection comes from my early WKKL days.
Los Angeles punk rock band, The Dickies carved-out their own path, creating humorous pop-leaning punk. Formed in 1977 they were one of the first California punk bands to be signed by a major record label. In 1979 they would reach #7 on the British singles charts with their cover of the theme song to the 1968 television show, "The Banana Splits."
In 1988 The Dickies were called upon to write the theme song for the Chiodo Brothers' Sci-Fi Horror Comedy film "Killer Klowns from Outer Space." As far as campy B-movies go this one was right up there on the cheese-meter, which eventually made it a cult-classic.
The Dickies delivered the theme song, "Killer Klowns," which also ended-up on their own EP released in 1988. The record made its way to WKKL, where I dropped-it on the turntable and played multiple times on my morning show over the next couple years. I now share-it once again with you on the 31-Days of Halloween playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen