Friday, July 8, 2011

Scary song of the week: Without You by Harry Nilsson

This song could easily fall under Warning Signs other weekly feature, Creepy by association. "Without You" by Harry Nilsson is the latest Scary Song of the Week for good reason. You may not know it, but "Without You" is a vampire song.

No fooling.

"Without You" is the best song from the 1974 movie "Son of Dracula" starring Nilsson, Ringo Starr and Dennis Price. Peter Frampton, John Bonham and Keith Moon also have roles in the comedy.

Now if you are one to obsess over details, yes, the song came out before the movie. By a couple years. And it later took on a new life of evil upon being covered by Mariah Carey. (Not as evil as Celine Dion, but I digress.) We're not going to fret over such details, mostly because few people have seen "Son of Dracula." The problem is that it isn't available on DVD in any legal form. So it wallows away in the dank basements of filmdom with only the songs (and people like me) to remind us of it's existence.

Truth is, it's not a very good movie. It seems more like a vanity project for Nilsson, especially when one considers that "Daybreak" was the only song written specifically for the movie.

I still prefer the mournful "Without You." Lyrically, it makes sense as a vampire song. All those whiny bloodsuckers who come to realize immortality ain't what it's cracked up to be. When you suddenly recognize that everyone you love will die and you can't help but go on and on until someone puts a stake through your heart.


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