Here’s What I Played at No Controles! on October 19, 2023

Halloween decorations at The Offbeat Highland Park Los Angeles October 19 2023 Photo: Liz O.

It’s zombie boyfriend season! There are a lot of Halloween-friendly songs I love, but my absolute favorite (or, at least, my favorite that isn’t part of a horror more score) is “Mi Novio Es Un Zombi” from Alaska y Dinarama. It has one of the best music videos ever. You think it’s just a concert clip, with Alaska bouncing around stage in a very fierce outfit singing about her boyfriend’s bad teeth and yellow eyes and then— all of a sudden— Freddy freakin’ Krueger pops out of the crowd, mingles with the band and starts caressing Alaska with this slasher movie hands. Just watch the video. And check out my playlist from No Controles! at The Offbeat, the first of what will probably be a handful of times I’ll play “Mi Novio Es Un Zombi” in the next week or so. 

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Real Life – Send Me An Angel ’89 (Extended Mix)

New Order – Blue Monday

Lime – Babe We’re Gonna Love Tonight

Alaska y Dinarama – Mi Novio Es Un Zombi

Righeira- Vamos a la Playa

Depeche Mode – But Not Tonight (Extended Mix)

The Killers – Mr. Brightside

Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings (The La Magia Dance Mix)

Bloc Party – Banquet

The Smiths – Hand in Glove (request)

Caifanes – Viento

The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry

Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker

Tijuana No! —Spanish Bombs

Soda Stereo – Tele-Ka

Los Prisioneros – Tren Al Sur (Basic Remix 2022)

Arctic Monkeys – Do I Want to Know?

White Town – Your Woman

Tom Tom Club – Genius of Love

Daft Punk – Da Funk 

INXS- Mediate

Sheila E. – A Love Bizarre (Mr. K edit)

Skatt Brothers – Walk the Night

Miami Sound Machine – Dr Beat (12″ mix)

Master Plan – Electric Baile (Enzo Elia Vocal Edit)

Yaz – Situation

Freeez – I.O.U.

Fun Fun – Baila Bolero (Krystal Klear Extended Remix)

Pet Shop Boys – What Have I Done to Deserve This?

Plustwo – Melody 

Anita Ward – Ring My Bell (Request)

Sunbelt – Spin It

Trans X – Living on Video

Miguel Bose – Amante Bandido

Liz O. is an L.A.-based writer and DJ. Read her recently published work and check out her upcoming gigs.