For me, the very first song that popped into my head when I read this post was Seanan Maguire's "Wicked Girls", from the album of the same name. It's my go-to Sara Sue song; whenever I hear it, I think about her:
A lot of the music I listen to comes from TV shows and movies that I watch. There are a few that, as well as reminding me of the original context I heard them in, also strike me as very Eerie, Indiana-esque.
In particular, there are a couple of instrumental pieces from the 1990s Moomin TV show that always make me think of Eerie:
The Lady of the Cold, it gives me that same creepy isolated feeling of being all alone in a place that should be full of people that I get from seeing Mars in his deserted neighbourhood in the Lost Hour
I don't know what the English name of this piece is, but it's basically the piece that will play whenever the show did a panning shot of somewhere outside of Moominvalley that was mysterious or spooky or dangerous in some way
And of course, the motherfucking Groke's theme song
I can't find it on YouTube but there's also a piece that plays in the episode where Moominpappa runs away from the orphanage where he was raised and he's so frightened that he envisions the trees reaching out to grab him and the ground rising to form hundreds of Grokes chasing him - it's really atmospheric and really captures that delicious thrill when you let your imagination run away with you and get really, really scared. Sometimes I play that when I'm out for a walk at night and let myself get good and spooked.
the only warren zevon song id heard before was "werewolves of london" and now it turns out ive been hugely missing out! and yes this is the perfect Janet song - I'm imagining her making it to disneyland and finding it deserted now, omg!
From time to time, I contemplate Zevon crossovers, because so many of the songs are so full of weirdness: the Werewolves, Roland the Headless Thomson Gunner, the Excitable Boy, Suzie Lightning, the Desperado Gorilla, the Clergy of the Mall from Transverse City, finding Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead...or maybe the King would have something to say about a couple of things Warren wrote...
I enjoyed this one so much I went looking for more stuff by these artists and in the middle of listening to one song my laptop crashed and had to restart but in my earbuds the song suddenly changed to this high pitched whining drone and i was like OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT?!