Blood Red Sandman

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"Blood Red Sandman"
Single by Lordi
from the album The Monsterican Dream
Released 2004
Format CD
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Label Sony BMG
Producer(s) Hiili Hiilesmaa
Lordi singles chronology
My Heaven Is Your Hell
(2004)
Blood Red Sandman
(2004)
Hard Rock Hallelujah
(2006)

"Blood Red Sandman" is the second single from Lordi's second album The Monsterican Dream.[1]

Overview[edit]

The song's original title was "Blood Red Santa", but Asko Kallonen from BMG Finland thought it was inappropriate for a Christmas hit and many people said they would ban it because it painted a violent image of Santa. In a rebuttal to this Lordi decided to change the songs name to Blood Red Sandman which worked just as well as the original name. There is also a promo version given out by Mayan Records for promotion to their compilation album The Monster Show.

Some believe that this song could be referring to Freddy Krueger, a legendary horror film character. Others believe that the song is about the murderer Jack the Ripper, who terrorised London around 1888. Comparisons to both characters come from certain lines in the song, such as "They called me the leather apron", and "Can you hear how the children weep?". Lordi, using this imagery in the song, creates the character of the Blood Red Sandman who may or may not be a demonic Santa or Jack the Ripper.

Track listings[edit]

Finnish version:

  1. "Blood Red Sandman"
  2. "Pyromite"
  3. "To Hell With Pop"

Promo version:

  1. "Blood Red Sandman"
  2. "Devil Is A Loser"
  3. "Would You Love A Monsterman?"

Music video[edit]

A trio of young people sort through old belongings in a shack, in a similar style to the one featured in The Evil Dead, at night. The door swings open, and they find a box containing the 'Would You Love a Monsterman?' doll and a tape, which starts to play when they plug it in. The male is throttled by an invisible force, (which is actually band member Kalma, complete with top hat, when seen through the super 8 film camera he drops). One of the females is also dragged into the closet to her doom, by the guitarist, Amen. The band then appears, and, magically chaining the second female to a rocking chair, continue to sing the song. Her friends appear again, as zombies (with the female mirroring the deadite Linda from The Evil Dead), later in the song. The band continues until the cassette player is unplugged by the second female's struggling foot. The band and zombies disappear. As she looks around, relieved, Mr. Lordi attacks her from behind (seen through the lens of the camera) just as the camera runs out of film.

Credits[edit]

  • Artwork – Lordi
  • Mika Jussila – mastering
  • Petri Haggrén – photography
  • Hiili Hiilesmaa – producing

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lordi - Blood Red Sandman". discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 

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