[Mourning Jams] Day 9: “Shame”

October 2019 is a celebration of horror and music

This October, Daily Grindhouse is celebrating the collision between music and horror with a series of posts under the banner of Rocktoberfest 2019. There will be daily features, recurring bits, and some special posts around the subject.

Mourning Jams is your daily kick off every morning with a different music video that has some horror elements to it. Crossing genres, decades, and more, it’s a good way to get in the spooky mood this Halloween month.

Now it’s time to travel to the mythical halcyon days of 1996 with industrial rock band Stabbing Westward. Started in Macomb, Illinois before solidifying their line-up in Chicago, the group was always a bit of a mid-tier industrial/hard rock outfit that did all right on the charts, despite having more than a few excellent songs. If their sound is familiar, it’s probably because their songs have popped up in all sorts of genre fare like MORTAL KOMBAT, CLERKS, Smallville, SPAWN, BAD BOYS, THE FACULTY, True Blood, JOHNNY MNEMONIC, Duke Nukem: Time To Kill, URBAN LEGEND, and TEKKEN. Basically for a years in the ’90s, they would be slotted in to a soundtrack to signify a goth character or something hardcore. While 1998’s Darkest Days was their biggest commercial hit, the preceding album, 1996’s Wither Blister Burn & Peel, is full of great tunes including “What Do I Have To Do?,” “Why?,” and today’s song, “Shame.”

The song is a fun combination of band performance, stalker/slasher movie, and fourth-wall breaking as it all collides in the end. Julie (played by an uncredited actress) learns that her psychotic ex Nick (Clint Curtis from BLADE and DEEP RISING) has escaped the asylum and is headed her way. The video recreates creepy slasher tropes in addition to a nice dose of humor with the band slipping out to watch a horror movie unfold.

Tune in tomorrow and every morning in October for a new music video to help start the day on the frightening foot as Halloween swiftly approaches.

Rob Dean
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