Discussion in 'General Dance Discussion' started by waltzgirl, Aug 29, 2006.
Tom Lehrer's "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" is a v. waltz.
Masochism Tango doesn't sound like a very good AT to me. Much more International even than Smooth. There's a long retard on "My heart is in my hand..." that you might want to edit out unless it were for a showcase. It's on the slow side compared to comp tempo. I do like it.
Or just ham it up. This song is fun to act out.
Spike Jones "Monster Movie Ball", ECS. Sample available at the iTunes store.
I have all of Tom Leher's stuff. We often use him when we do a "Politically Incorrect" party. I remember some good polkas in the collection. We go a little more adult, dress to the nines and play music that we couldn't play without giving everyone a heads up to stay away from this one if they are easily offended. It's fun, it's silly.
More Halloween Music you could dance to:
Look at children's music for something light and fun.
Spooky Scary Skeleton Andrew Gold Collection FT
Gimme a Smile (The Pumpkin Song) FT
Martian Hop Halloween Hit (I use it for Polka)
The Phantom of the Opera Tango
The Adams Family Theme
Cassandra Waltz from Doctor Who Waltz
Que Sera Sera by Pink Martini
"Misirlou" as done by Flames of Araby or by 101 Strings Orch. (or maybe others) isn't 'scary' but its exotic sound might make a good rumba for a Halloween event.
"The Thing" done by Phil Harris isn't scary either but might be a fun FT or swing for such an occasion. Kids like it.
I have been actively checking out all the songs listed here I don't already have. Just want to give my personal thanks to everyone who posted here because my old Halloween Party list was getting stale. Thank you. Thank you Thank you.
The Great Pumpkin Waltz is a pretty Viennese. By Vince Guaraldi on the Charlie Brown's Holiday Hits Album.
Ghouls Are On the Loose is a cute quickstep. By Dave Rudolf off his Halloween Spooktacular album. Also on the album is A Werewolf Am I which doesn't really have a straight dance rhythm but I like to Rumba to it.
The Boogie Woogie Man makes reference to the Boogie man but is a straight ahead swing tune great for Lindy. By the casa Loma Orchestra on the album Dance Crazy.
I Eat Cannibals by Total Coelo is an 80's tune with a driving pulse beat, but you can dance triple swing to it.
Here is some of what I'm using for our 2010 Halloween Party. Not all the songs are ideal in the counts, but if they are slowed or sped up the can work for the suggested dance.
Put Your Lights On by Santana Bolero
I Eat Cannibals (Part 1) Tot Coelo from I Eat Cannibals Cha
Little Demon by Screamin'Jay Hawkins on Elvira Presents Monster Hits Jive/Single Swing
Spooky Scary Skeletons Andre Gold Halloweeen Howls Foxtrot
Halloween Party Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Swing
I Put a Spell on You (feat. Eddie Wakes) Raney Shockne Fame Rumba
Feed My Frankenstein Alice Cooper Swing
The Addams Family Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Can Play with Tango
Dark Waltz Hayley Westenra Waltz
With These Hands from Edward Scizzorhands Original Motion Picture Rumba
Don't Scream, It's Only Halloween ) Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Swing
That Old Black Magic Frank Sinatra Foxtrot
Bad Things Jace Everet from True Blood Texas Whip
A Nightmare on My Street Elvira Present Samba
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Holloween Howls Tango
Experiment in Terror Henry Mancini Bolero
The Addams Family Joey Gaynor Elvira Presents Foxtrot
Purple People Eater George Thorogood Swing
Monsta' Rap Elvira Presents West Coast
Witches, Witches, Witches Andrew Gold Tango
Ghostbusters Andrew Fold Halloween Howls Try a Fast Cha or Jive
Gimme a Smile (The Pumpkin Song) Andrew Gold Halloween Howls Foxtrot
I Put A Spell on You Screamin' Jay Hawkins can make do as a Tango
Haunted House Jumpin'Gene Simmons Halloween Hits Swing
Here Come the Bride Elvira Presents West Coast
Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead Glenn Miller and His Orchestra Foxtrot
Twist in My Sobriety Liza Minnelli can be a slow Samba
What about Sinatra's "Witchcraft?"
I should have listed that too. There is so much varied and good music out there. We just finished our Halloween Party. The most difficult holiday music for me is St. Paddies day. Anyone have a St. Paddies Tango, Rumba, Cha or Samba. I can use more.
Linda - try "O'Malley's Tango" by Ruby Murray:
They call him Pancho Rodriguez O'Malley
Ever since he spent a holiday in Spain.
He's not Patrick any more
Now he calls himself senor
And he's got the tango in his veins.
It is a good tango in its own right, and has little Irish flourishes.
Thank you. I'm headed to do a music search now. You are my hero.!
I can't find it yet on a legal source. I see you are in the UK. I've got 6 months. Is there a dusty little shop somewhere that would have a copy. I will do anything but fly over for one good Irish Tango. I did listen to a You Tube Version and I like it. Please do not put yourself out for me, just if you know something off the top of your head on where to start. All my best, Linda
Hi Linda - The best Ruby Murray collection is "Ruby Murray Anthology", a 3 CD set available from Amazon.com. O'Malley's Tango is track 7 on disc 2, not track 100 as Amazon would have it. There are a lot of other Irish tracks as well. The full price of USD 47.99 is rather expensive (but I think worth it), but another seller has it for 11.26. O'Malley's Tango is also on "The Magic of Ruby Murray", available secondhand through Amazon at USD 6.60.
Ruby Murray's biggest hit was the slow waltz "Softly Softly", which was in the charts for 22 weeks. It was considered rather bold at the time. On 18th March 1955 she had 5 singles in the Top 20 at the same time.
Thank you. This is the first time the search engine failed me. It was such a shock to my system. I did find a YouTube clip of her singing the song in a movie. She was wonderful. It will please me to have an anthology and I will definitely get my price back in pleasure. I do appreciate you finding this for me. It was definitely above and beyond. Thank you so much. Linda
Glad to be of service! I hope your St Patrick's dance is a runaway success!
Halloween Songs For The Ballroom
Does anyone know any good "Halloween" songs to play in the ballroom? In particular I am looking for east coast swing, foxtrot, cha-cha, and waltz songs.
I am just beginning to look for these songs, I will update this thread with any additional songs i find.
A couple of spooky favourites
Hayley Westenra - Dark Waltz (waltz)
John Williams - Hedwig's Theme (viennese)
Plenty more will pop up in my head later now probably
Best of luck!
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