Because I promised a friend 😉 Check back tomorrow for a second bonus as well.
Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my favorite films from childhood. I can’t really tell why; every time I watch it, I thrill. I love the music. I love the characters. I love the themes. I love the artwork. Oogie Boogie’s song is corny and scary all at once, as twisted as it is hammy. Like The Grinch, Oogie revels in his wickedness; he’s the undisputed master of his domain, and even Jack has no legal grounds to stand up to him. It’s his right to do as he pleases within his casino, and what he pleases is gambling and torture.
Nightmare Revisted came out in 2008, featuring a number of bands covering the original soundtrack from Nightmare Before Christmas. This particular cover was done by Rodrigo y Gabriela a Mexican duo specializing in rapid acoustic guitar. Frankly, I find it one of the better covers on the disk; “What’s This” covered by Fall Out Boy, by contrast, is terrible, stripping out all nuance from the song.
The iTunes edition included a second cover, this one by Tiger Army, a psychobilly group from Berkeley. They sing, which I find a shame; they don’t seem to have nearly as much fun as Ken Page did with the role. What can I say, I like my character songs to have character in them.
(From what I understand, that video was spliced)
Look how much fun Ken has:
If I had a talent for voices, I’d want to be a voice actor. They always seem to have so much fun doing what they do. See:
(If you can’t follow what’s going on, we started shouting for Grey DeLisle to do her haughty elitest character Azula, to which her reply was, in Azula’s voice, “Calm down, peasants, she’ll come.”) I do recommend watching the whole video if you get some time. I was there in person, and it was the highlight of the otherwise shitty weekend 😀