12 O'Clock Track: Rob Crow's haunting cover of the Misfits' "Astro Zombies"

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One of the problems I've run into while trying to celebrate Halloween this year, besides finding a costume (my ideas make Matt Carmichael's lame costume look pretty decent), is picking a good song to capture the, uh, spirit. "Monster Mash" is too cliche. John Carpenter's theme from Halloween? Too obvious. A Misfits number is a little too easy. But a Rob Crow spin on a Misfits tune? That's just what I was looking for in a 12 O'Clock Track for today. A handful of years ago I stumbled upon a live recording of the Pinback singer-guitarist doing a lovely rendition of the Misfits' "Astro Zombies," and his haunting take on a song involving flesh-eating creatures from space sent to destroy earth floored me. I only wish Crow would release an official studio version of his take on the tune—the above album cover isn't actually for "Astro Zombies," but the artwork for the CD single of "I Hate You, Rob Crow" is so appropriate for today I couldn't pass up using it. Anyway, take a listen to the tune below—it's a real, um, treat:

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