The question about the infamous Cramps gig at the Napa State Mental Hospital isn't so much who in their right mind let the band in -- it's who in the hell let them back out?
WATCH: The Cramps, "Human Fly (Napa State Mental Hospital, 1978)"
WATCH: the Misfits, "Halloween (live)"
The Sean-era White Zombie was pretty great, especially up until and right after MTV caught on. They still hadn't completely shook off the gravedust of the downtown art scene -- Rob Zombie hadn't graduated to real props yet, just Pee Wee's Playhouse-sized cartoon cutouts -- and, um, La Sexorcisto was pretty monstrous. The Manson video is top-5 dead or alive -- crunk + goth turned out to be pretty prescient, and the song is way better than the Rihanna version.
As songs about vampires go, "Bela Lugosi's Dead" isn't really enough work for even one ghoul, let alone like seven dudes. But if you're going to put Nine Inch Nails on the road with Peter Murphy and TV on the Radio, you know you're gonna eventually end up with some kind of dreadful, hands-across-America version of the goth national anthem.
Ahh, the classics. Halloween and garage-rock go together like Monoman and getting old and fat. The Mummies, a bunch of lo-fried fratrockerz wrapped in toilet paper, are the band Rob Zombie always wanted to be -- or at least wanted to be for like three weeks in the '90s when Geffen made the mistake of giving him own label, remember that? -- and some of you probably haven't seen the video for "Monster Mash," nor will you ever need to again, but the dude playing drums with the fibulas and the grim reaper on bass is pretty crucial.
Quick, before Google takes them down: it's the first annual (and maybe the last) OTD Halloween video countdown. We're posting two a day through October 31. Suggestions welcome in the comments. Today: Slayer and Elvira circa 1988; Wu-Tang/Prince Paul horror-rap collabo circa early-'90s:
WATCH: Slayer, "South of Heaven" (via YouTube)