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House Of Horrors: Scariest Musician Smackdown; Sparks; Son Lux Plays Live

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Violent J make of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, seen here in their stage makeup in 1999. Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Violent J make of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, seen here in their stage makeup in 1999. (Joseph Cultice/AP)

In this episode: All week, listeners and guests have been weighing in with nominations for the most terrifying musicians of all time. Soundcheck's House Of Horrors culminates with a spooky speed-round debate that pits musician against musician.

Then, the influential glam and disco pioneers Sparks reflect on a 40-year career making challenging and funny songs with a new retrospective box set.

And, the inventive composer, producer and musician Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott) performs music from his latest album Lanterns in the Soundcheck studio. 

Guests:

Son Lux

A Scariest Musician Smackdown

All this week in Soundcheck's House of Horrors, we’ve been posing this question: Who is the scariest musician of all time? Today, it’s time to pit some of your nominees for scariest musician against each other in a quickfire Soundcheck Smackdown

Chris Weingarten, senior editor for Spin magazine, and Melissa Locker, freelance music writer for outlets like Time and Rolling Stone, help decide who's the scariest in each round of our smackdown, from Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper, to Insane Clown Posse and Slipknot, to Kenny G and Michael McDonald. 

Who do you think wins each matchup? Who did we leave out? Tell us below. 

 

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Sparks: Forty Years Of Pioneering Sounds And Funny Songs

Maybe you don't know Sparks, but you've definitely heard its influence. Over four decades, the enigmatic brothers Ron and Russell Mael have shape-shifted through glam and operatic rock and helped pioneer disco alongside Giorgio Moroder. The duo reflects on 40 years of making catchy, weird and hilarious songs always ahead of their time.

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Watch: Son Lux, In The Studio

Watch Son Lux perform solo piano renditions of songs from his latest album, Lanterns, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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