However, in the spirit of Halloween, I went with bands who embodied the chance to live out your darkest fantasies and who may or may not have done a dance or two with Beelzebub. Most of them like costumes, too. Often are good with make-up and spectacular with hair.
Honorable Mention--Rob Zombie: Zombie is a virtual industry at this point, making music, movies and other Zombie-like paraphernalia that's established him as a "Go To" guy when it comes to all things Halloween. But he's really too smart to be scary. (That's a compliment, Rob).
9) Insane Clown Posse: Have people died at their concerts? Out of fear? Out of excitement? Out of boredom? Out of unsubstantiated rumors? Horrible rappers, but what a stageshow.
7) GWAR: File under: guys who take the joke too far. Yeah, it's all fun and games until someone gets an eye poked out. They've been known to "lampoon" popular figures like Paris Hilton and George W. Bush, who I understand still has a few months left on his contract with the U.S. Government before he can run for Commissioner of Major League Baseball. If so, would you raise the mound?
5) Slipknot: Let's hear it for guys who fear they're too ugly to show their real faces. Is that the deal here? Most guys form bands to get girls. How do you get them if nobody knows who you are? "Yeah, I was the guy with the bass guitar in Slipknot." I've never tried it, but I wonder if it works?
3) Kiss: Sure they were a little silly. Just look at those boots. I don't know if Gene Simmons was really scary--well, I wouldn't want to battle him in court, that's for sure--but he did spit blood and breathe fire and sing in a voice that sounded like someone punched him in the stomach a few too many times and Kiss knew how to party and use fireworks and levitating drum risers and sing songs like "Hotter Than Hell" and "God Of Thunder." For them, it was Halloween everyday and they got paid in more than just candy that's for sure.
1) Black Sabbath: C'mon, who else could qualify? Iron Butterfly? Black Sabbath virtually invented the idea that bands could sing about Satan and witches and magic and fairies who wear boots and they did it with a sound that takes all the air out of your Halloween bag. With Ozzy, with Dio, and not with that other guy from Deep Purple, Sabbath represented the bleak Birmingham, England scene as if they were providing the soundtrack to Rosemary's Baby. I'll have a cup of death with that, please.