For the first Jukebox Friday Night 45 of October, we have this melancholy/creepy classic from July 1976:
It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1976, but eventually became a (pun intended ) Cult Classic.
In 1978, it was playing on radio when Jamie Lee Curtis and her doomed friend were driving to their babysitting gig in Halloween, but they mostly talked (and toked) over it.
It was used more effectively in this USA Network promo for a showing of Halloween in October 1996:
This promo shows several shots that only exist in the TV version of Halloween. Can you pick them out? You hardly ever see well-produced promos like this anymore.
Two years earlier, it provided the opening theme to Stephen King's The Stand miniseries. This recording is clearly different than the studio/single version, but is still attributed to Blue Oyster Cult. Along with the great steadicam shots, it sets the mood perfectly for this series.
The band members say the song is not a romanticized ode to teenage suicide, but rather a musing on the inevitability of death....
I don't believe them....