I love all kinds of music, as is evidenced by the thousands of songs on my iPod. This time of year, of course, I’m always on the lookout for songs to add to my Halloween playlist. Any time I can combine my love of horror movies and music is definitely a good thing.
Being a child of the ’80s, I am a fan of Freddy Krueger. For my money he’s not as scary as Jason or Michael Myers, but Freddy’s always fun for his quips and creative methods of killing. The first movie is creepy, but as the franchise wore on (as is the case with his fellow slasher buddies), the movies got a little cheesier and concepts more ridiculous. (It didn’t stop us from renting them to watch during slumber parties or staying up way too late to watch them on cable. My generation of horror fans is nothing if not dedicated to watching even the crappiest of horror movies.)
In 1988, two rap acts released songs about Freddy. One was official, and one was not. Let’s tackle the official one first.
The Fat Boys, “Are You Ready For Freddy?”
Released in conjunction with the release of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, the Fat Boys recorded “Are You Ready For Freddy?” The premise of the song is that Prince Markie Dee’s “Uncle Frederick” has died, and in order for him to claim his inheritance, the Fat Boys have to spend the night in Uncle Frederick’s house. Surprising no one, Freddy Krueger is awaiting their arrival, and if you’ve ever wanted to hear one of your childhood horror icons rap, you’ve come to the right place!
Full disclosure–I love this song, and I love the video even more. It’s cheesy, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s my favorite of the Fat Boys’ hits, though “Wipeout” is hard to beat.
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, “Nightmare On My Street”
Before he moved to Bel Air and hung out with Carlton, the Fresh Prince and his DJ released their second studio album, He’s the DJ, I’m the Rapper. This song was the third single and did pretty well on the charts. It was even considered for inclusion in the soundtrack for Nightmare on Elm Street 4. However, since it wasn’t officially affiliated with the franchise soundtrack, New Line Cinema the record label for copyright infringement. As a result, subsequent releases of the album had labels stating that the song was not a part of the official soundtrack or licensed by the studio.
To hear the entire original version, you have to hear the original vinyl version, since the CD version had to be edited so that the entire album would fit. (The link above is a vinyl recording, hence the pops, but at least you get to hear the uncut album version.) The single version is included on the greatest hits CD, and the lyrics are different. I hope the lyric about him being “burnt like a wienie” is in all versions. That shit is gold.
As an interesting side note, the song was covered by Kidz Bop, though the lyrics were changed to be more family friendly. (As if a song about the homicidal ghost of a burned-alive child molester could ever be made family-friendly.) In case you’re curious, here’s a video for that.
All in all, 1988 was a good year to be Freddy Krueger, at least in the music world. I guess in the battle between Freddy and Jason, this goes in the win column for our favorite nightmare.