Friday Night Track: “Everyday Is Halloween” – Ministry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXtX9u7_6F8

So it’s technically Saturday but I stayed awake trying to write during the last couple hours of my Friday and I stayed awake through Friday night so it’s still technically Friday in my POV.

This song came out three years before I was born, in 1984. I know I need to listen to more Ministry, but when I listen to this song I just get so overwhelmed by how good it is that I just put it on repeat and I don’t stop, never stop, won’t ever stop listening.

80’s synth has always had a special place in my heart, ever since it was the very early 90’s and I used go on class field trips in elementary school to the McArthur Park skating rink and for whatever reason they were ALWAYS playing the same 80’s playlist of great songs that consisted of Tears for Fears and The Cure and maybe Depeche Mode but I can’t specifically remember all the songs. It wasn’t the radio, just a bunch of songs, so I have no idea what was really playing, if some person has compiled a playlist that would forever loop that skating rink or what. All I know is that that playlist what was a kindergarten girl loved most about going to the skating rink every winter.

Nevertheless, that was where my love of dark brooding synths started. Over the years I picked some of those bands into a semi-regular rotation, but it wasn’t until December of 2014 when I was super pregnant with my daughter and about ready to have her that I discovered all that nostalgia over again with Songza’s “Dark Side of the Synth” playlist. I made all of my Christmas shortbread cookies to that playlist and it was the greatest thing ever.

My favourite song from that playlist was “Everyday is Halloween”. Every so often I’ll listen to it and wish that I’d been a teenager in the 80’s, despite the fact that being goth in the 80’s probably wasn’t all it was banged up to be, what with all that satanic paranoia about cults and D&D going on. I dunno. I was never the rebellious sort. Were I an 80’s teen I’d probably still listen to this song on repeat but I’d probably keep the album hidden under my bed or something, the same way that I used to keep my copy of Eminem’s “The Marshall Mathers LP” hidden under my bed when I was a teen in the early 00’s.

Yeah, definitely not as cool.

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Rebecca is a neo-noir author from Kamloops, British Columbia. Her first collection of gritty short fiction, Vile Men was published by Dark House Press in 2015. She also writes about her writer lifestyle on her personal blog at rebeccajoneshowe.com