The holiday season is upon us. It’s the time for trick-or-treating, bobbing for apples with razor blades, communicating with the spirits of the dead — and listening to deliciously tacky rock ’n’ roll like that found on Mondo Zombie Boogaloo.
This definitive Halloween collection of the year features the work of three of my favorite bands on North Carolina’s Yep Roc label — The Fleshtones, a New York garage band that’s been around since the ’70s; Southern Culture on the Skids, a North Carolina trio that specializes in a raw Dixie-fried mix of rockabilly, swamp rock, country, and surf music in songs about fried chicken, stock-car races, and cheap liquor; and Los Straitjackets, an instrumental band known for wearing Mexican wrestling masks even when it’s not Halloween.
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