Well, it’s been fun, but it’s time to actually put all this month-long scene-setting into action. So go out trick-or-treating, hit up some haunted houses, watch some horror flicks…however you celebrate this greatest of all holidays, have a tremendous night. We’re going to wrap up things here by sharing a sentiment from the good old days when Ministry really sucked and when Alien Jourgensen sang with a British accent and was being pegged as the next Howard Jones: “Everyday Is Halloween.”
Because when you get down to it, for some of us, it’s not a day. It’s not even a month. It’s a way of life.
The one-time pairing of Skinny Puppy and Ministry’s Alien Jourgensen resulted in Rabies, or as it’s better known, the first Skinny Puppy album anyone ever buys. And that’s largely because of this song (well, and “Tin Omen”).
The video was never officially released, but was circulated as a promotional item, and widely bootlegged. The reason? It’s composed of clips from horror movies ranging from Dead and Buried to Bad Taste, from Combat Shock to Eraserhead (yes, Eraserhead is a horror movie; argue with me and I’ll punch you), from The Beyond to From Beyond. It’s nonstop gore and disturbing imagery. And it fits. But think about the legalities and money that would be involved in licensing all of these freaking clips. It’s more than I’d expect some little industrial band not named Nine Inch Nails to put up with.
I’m posting two versions of this video. The first is the original version. The second is a “reconstructed” version. When the video was originally made, the only things available to get the clips from were VHS tapes (and often times, bootleg VHS tapes) and LaserDiscs. I’m guessing that Skinny Puppy went the VHS route, judging by the image quality.
Meanwhile, a few years ago, someone tracked down the clips from higher-quality sources and re-compiled the video. I haven’t been able to spot any major differences (beyond the added intro and outro), but to be fair, I haven’t looked that closely. Both are here for your enjoyment. If you enjoy that kind of thing.
Tender eyes would probably be best served by looking the other way. Or not at all. You’ve been warned.