31 Days of Halloween: BUTCHER BABIES - "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!"Written by James Zahn
Back in 1966, Napoleon XIV released a sonic oddity called "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" - a song that has often emerged during the Halloween season as a bizarre addition to the spooky, seasonal playlist. While it's popularity has dwindled over the years, the BUTCHER BABIES have brought it back for 2014, metalizing it for their recent covers EP, UNCOVERED (released via Century Media). For 31 Days of Halloween this year, I'm adding it to the playlist, fueled by the release of their new, slasher-eque music video. See it below, but don't show the kids!
James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider—a destination for all things pop culture. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.
He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers.
Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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