Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Top Ten Witch Songs

Following on from last week's Top Ten Bitch Songs by changing just one letter in my search engine (yes, I'm that lazy) - and also in celebration of the unholy mockery that was Season Of The Witch - here are ten songs filled with hubble, bubble, toil and trouble...

10. Jeff Buckley - Witches Rave

Everyone knows the story. Jeff Buckley made one classic album, Grace, then floated away down the Mississippi River before he ever got chance to complete its follow up, My Sweetheart The Drunk. His record company, doing what record companies do best at times like this, released the unfinished sessions as a double album of incomplete "sketches". They're nowhere near as compelling as anything on Grace, but who knows - maybe they would have been.

Whoever uploaded this to youtube decided to link it to scenes from the movie Unfaithful, so you get to watch Diane Lane get it on with Olivier Martinez while you listen to Jeff's song. This may prove too much of a distraction...

9. Get Well Soon - Witches! Witches! Rest Now In Fire

Gloomy German arthouse types give great title... but slightly less memorable song.

8. Everclear - The Good Witch Of The North

An Everclear track that begins with a shag and ends with a promise. The titular witch is obviously his girlfriend... would you marry this man?

7. Eagles - Witchy Woman

A song written by Don Henley in a delirious fever dream, the witch in question apparently being F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife Zelda, "the first American flapper". (Yes, I said 'flapper'. You just read it as 'slapper'.)

6. Hefner - The Sad Witch

Her atheist tracts are certainly persuading. one of those lyrics that always brings an unnecessary smile to my face. The question is, if we threw Hefner in a lake with bricks tied round their ankles, would they float or would they drown?

(No indie-folk weirdoes were hurt during the preparation of this Top Ten.)

5. Eels - Teenage Witch

Speaking of which...

If being a witch isn't bad enough, E imagines it must be even worse being a teenager as well!

Heaven can't help a teenage witch
From sinking deeper down into the ditch

4. Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches

The witchhunt here is the media-fuelled hysteria created after 9/11 and the subsequent terrorist attacks on the London Underground. Those wacky, fun-lovin' Bloc Party lads.

3. Edwyn Collins - The Witch Queen Of New Orleans

Originally recorded by Redbone in the 70s, there's just something about the Edwyn Collins version that tips it over the edge. Great strings, and Collins' voice has never been richer. Curiously, he also does an inspired cover of our next track too... though sadly I can't find either of them on youtube.

2. Frank Sinatra - Witchcraft

Written and released in 1957. It's easy to think of Sinatra as being a big musical force in only the 40s and early 50s, disappearing off the scene once his nemesis, rock 'n' roll, arrived on the scene. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a classic, whatever the era.

1. Donovan - Season Of The Witch

The film may have been a crock, but Donovan's 60s hit steals the broomstick from all other contenders. It's also the only truly spooky song on the list.

So... who did I forget? Or, as Scooby Doo would have it... which witch is WITCH?


Steve said...

10 songs and the only one I've ever heard of is the Frank Sinatra one. I'm not so much down with the kids as out with the Sally Army.

Rol said...

This was a somewhat more obscure list than usual... but I'm surprised you don't know the Donovan song. You were obviously never a hippy, Steve.

m.lawrenson said...

I prefer Witches Brew by Janie Jones. It reached #46 in 1966. They wondered how it got that far up the charts.

kelvingreen said...

How could you overlook "A Scarlet Witch Lit the Season" and "To Eve the Art of Witchcraft", by Suffolk's finest, Cradle of Filth? Really Rol, it's like you're not even trying.

The Sagittarian said...

Wicked Old Witch - John Fogarty. Gotta have something by that old geezer.

Paddy Brown said...

Doesn't mention the word "witch" in the title, but it does in the lyrics

"Virginia", The Jeevas

Rol said...

Matthew - ah, Janie Jones... I know a song about her.

Kelvin - it's true, I definitely need more filth in my life. (Scarlet Witch? Really?)

Sag - I am a big fan of Creedence and I do keep meaning to pick up some of Mr. F's solo work. I'll get round to it.

Paddy - The Jeevas... wasn't that Crispian Mills?

kelvingreen said...

Yes, it's about Dani Filth's dissatisfaction with the way Bendis wrote Wanda Maximoff. Probably.

Anonymous said...

queens of the stone age - burn the with
the sonics - the witch
egypt - dirty witch
hendrix - dolly dagger
cream - strange brew


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