- Land of the Dead
- Zombie Prostitute
- Cannibal Buffet
- Day of the Dead
- Blue-eyed Matador
- Bomb New Jersey
- Stuck With You (with Amanda Palmer)
- Reggae Mortis
- Hell in a Handbasket
Aurelio Voltaire’s 5th album from 2007
This page is for the CD with the original 2007-mix in the 2015 digipak edition. Visit this page for the new 2021 Stereo Mix LP.
“It’s a Halloween party in a digipak,” Voltaire comments about his most hilariously irreverent CD to date. Years in the making, Ooky Spooky contains a duet with The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, a track from a Cartoon Network movie (“Billy and Mandy’s Big Boogie Adventure”) plus his crowd-pleasing songs about zombies, devils and dancing skeletons. In fact necrophilia, cannibalism, the undead, blasphemy, sacrilege, going to hell in a handbasket and bombing New Jersey are just a few of the charming topics covered within.
Back are the violins and cellos but new to the Voltaire sound is a horn section that brings to mind images of a mariachi skeleton band. But there is no doom and gloom here, mind you. The album bounces along with a mixture of klezmer, swing and ska that brings to mind such spooky-fun classics as Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” or “Hell” by the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Voltaire’s love for Cab Calloway is evident in the song “Cannibal Buffet” (which seems straight from a Betty Boop cartoon) and more so in “Land of the Dead” which Voltaire wrote for the opening credit sequence of the Cartoon Network movie “Billy and Mandy’s Big Boogie Adventure.”
As serious as it gets on Ooky Spooky is “Stuck With You,” a duet with The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer. It’s about a bickering married couple, but even on this one kittens are drowned, Korean bayonets are employed and skeletons sing to each other from side-by-side coffins. “I got all of the serious songs out of the way on Then And Again,” comments Voltaire, “specifically so that Ooky Spooky could be a non-stop party of fun songs about the undead and hell and devils and skeletons and all of the other fun stuff that’s so close to my heart.”
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In 2007, Projekt released Ooky Spooky in a jewel box. Then there was the 2011 digipak reissue. Now we have the deluxe 2015 Digipak edition.