Yep Roc Records is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating Halloween this year with the release of Chuck Prophet’s “Castro Halloween”, as a 7” single on pumpkin-orange vinyl (release date: 10/30). Festive!!
Chuck will also be performing in an all-star tribute to Chuck Berry at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 27 – alongside JD McPhereson, Merle Haggard, M. Ward, and many more.
How many great songs can you list about Halloween? However long your list, “Castro Halloween” is sure to take it’s place at or near the top. It is a gem to return to over and over.
“Castro Halloween” is the first physical single to be released in the U.S. off of Prophet’s triumphant new CD/LP, Temple Beautiful – a passionate and compelling ode to the myth, history and chaotic magic of his adopted hometown of San Francisco.
“Castro Halloween” celebrates, as well as laments the demise of, the legendary Halloween parties that used to go down annually in San Francisco’s Castro District. Sadly, they were abruptly canceled/banned by the city a few years back after some scuffles led to gunfire. The party ended, but the spirit lives on in this driving rock n roll number with doo-wop vocal cadences, pulsing rhythms and those ringing guitar lines.
The b-side, “I Gotta Get Back”, is an out-take from the original Temple Beautiful recording sessions. It’s a sort of road song, in that great rock n roll tradition, wailing with longing and restlessness. While it did not fit in with the overall themes of the album, this track is yet another Chuck Prophet classic – full of the swagger and vulnerability that make great rock-n-roll tunes so addictive.
As a bonus, you can now bundle the “Castro Halloween” 7″ with Chuck’s limted-edition, hand-numbered 7″ single “The Left Hand And The Right Hand” b/w “I Gotta Get Back” printed in the UK and available exclusively at the Yep Roc Store.Castro Halloween, Chuck Prophet