The East Village Vampire by The East Village Vampire published on 2012/07/03 01:44:38 +0000 A number of people have asked me where the name ‘The East Village Vampire’ comes from. Well, here is the story. In 2001, I was in NYC. Late one night I had to get from the East Village to the Upper West Side to meet a friend. Deciding to catch the subway I found myself sitting on a deserted platform all alone. After a while I spotted this terribly emaciated looking guy down the other end of the platform just staring at me. Black jeans, black boots, black jacket and baseball cap. He felt seriously wrong. I tried to block him out of my mind but I could feel him staring. Then, after about 5 minutes, this misift of a guy started walking slowly towards me. Still staring (creep), enjoying the intimidation, he was heading my way. Granted, I am not the bravest person but I started to get pretty anxious (keep in mind that I have seen every late 70's / early 80's grindhouse film ever made). Then about 5 meters away he suddenly and deliberately reached into his jacket and grabbed something metallic. Surely I was f%&@#!. Expecting to see a knife, gun, chainsaw, Freddy Kruger glove, bazooka, or some other instrument of death the guy whipped out his CD player. A friggin Sony Discman! He gestured to make me flinch and then simply walked past me all curled up in a fetal position with a big smile on his face. I am sure he is still laughing about it. Pretty lame story... Anyway, the event left an impression on me. First, I realized that I am a huge chicken. Second, this creepy guy inspired a fictional character, The East Village Vampire. I basically used him as inspiration and mixed elements from the real Son Of Sam serial killings and a song was born (obviously not my usual subject matter at all). The music is straight forward rock. Big chords. Big chorus. I think you can hear elements of T.Rex, late 70’s Pink Floyd and maybe some post-punk bands like Joy Division. I actually really like the lyrics in this one. I think they really create a cool atmosphere. I recorded it in 2002 or 2003 and as such you can probably hear that the quality is a bit murky. It is still OK. One important note about this song. As a rule I hate rock songs that resort to “Nah-Nah-Nah” choruses (with exception of the Beatles ‘Hey Jude’ and maybe a few others). In my mind, “Nah-Nah-Nah” is only one step away from a Bon Jovi’s ‘Wow-Wow-Wow’. So I apologize. In this case I am being a huge hypocrite. Hope you enjoy. LYRICS... A cold heart / A warm city Two lovers embrace in the park With such meaning and believing that nobody could tear them apart But in The Village you can feel it Something terrible is out in the dark Now young lovers in The Village will meet their ends with a bullet's spark Nah-nah-nah-nah - The East Village Vampire Nah-nah-nah-nah - He's coming / He's coming Fresh meat bludgeoned of its feet without a scream or fight Below 14th there will be blood in the streets in the city tonight So if you come be sure you bring the one you love I'll make a promise you'll be together forever and ever and ever and ever Nah-nah-nah-nah - The East Village Vampire Nah-nah-nah-nah - He's coming / He's coming Here he come! Here he come! The East Village Vampire Here he come! Nah-nah-nah-nah - The East Village Vampire Nah-nah-nah-nah - He's coming / He's coming The East Village Vampire by The East Village Vampire is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.