This is the fifth installment in a continuing series calling out songs that should be in every horror fan’s running (or exercise) playlist. For this installment, it’s about everyone’s favorite crazies, those sociopaths that simply want to end your life.


On with the dark tuneage.  ::



“Lunatic Fringe” — Red Rider

This is PERFECT for that night run. Tom Cochrane actually wrote the song about the resurgence of anti-Semitism in the 1970s. In a weird twist of fate, he recorded the demo for the tune on the evening of John Lennon’s murder. How apropos. From the 1981 album “As Far As Siam.”



“Psycho Killer” — Talking Heads

David Byrne said of this song :: “When I started writing this (I got help later), I imagined Alice Cooper doing a Randy Newman-type ballad. Both the Joker and Hannibal Lecter were much more fascinating than the good guys. Everybody sort of roots for the bad guys in movies.” He did have help.. From bandmates Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz. An absolute late 70s classic!



“I’ve Committed Murder” — Macy Gray

I have always loved this one. A bit of island influence from the inimitable Macy Gray. A torrid tale of murder with a sociopathic disregard for the victim. This is the groove for distance miles.


Get out there and do it (he says more for his own benefit than anything)!

Here’s PART I.

Here’s PART II.

Here’s PART III.

Here’s PART IV.


Author: David Edward Johnson

A bit about me :: My name is David Johnson. I'm a senior creative with over 20 years of experience. I am currently serving as the Director of User Experience and Product Design at Inmar. Previously, I have served as the Global Digital Creative Director for Whole Foods Market, several agencies at the VP level and co-owned my own agency in New York for seven years. I love genre film, a full range of music, art, kung fu, TM, design, good food and a great joke. I'm based in Austin, Texas and addicted to BBQ.

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