Songs for Friday the 13th

Artwork for the “Thank God It’s Friday” single
“Thank God It’s Friday” Ice Nine Kills

“A word of warning from beyond the grave that must be understood

Throat’s get slit in this neck of the woods

She raised him rise

And he’ll come out to play

When mother whispers, ‘Thank God it’s Friday’.”

Theatrical metalcore band Ice Nine Kills released the second single from their album The Silver Scream, “Thank God It’s Friday”, on July 13, 2018, one month after the character Jason Voorhees’ birthday (June 13th). The song also got one of their epic 9 minute music videos. As part of the Final Cut deluxe edition for the album, Ice Nine Kills recorded an acoustic version of the song with “first Jason” himself, Ari Lehman, who plays young Jason Voorhees emerging from the lake at the end of Friday the 13th and sings in a band called First Jason. 

For Mother’s Day 2020, the band socially distanced recorded “Jason’s Mom”, a parody of the Fountains of Wayne song “Stacy’s Mom” (RIP Adam Schlesinger) , and released a series of shirts and even baby onesies for the song. “Jason’s Mom” also features a shout out to other Mama’s Boy/Psychotic Mother duo, Norman and Norma Bates. 

Artwork for the “He’s Back The Man Behind The Mask)” single
“He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” Alice Cooper

“But he’s back

He’s the man behind the mask

And he’s out of control

He’s back

The man behind the mask.”

Shock rocker Alice Cooper recorded “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” for his ninth album, Constrictor, and for Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, both released in 1986. Cooper’s songs “Teenage Frankenstein” and “Hard Rock Summer” also were featured in Jason Lives. Most recently, “He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask)” is played during the credits of Friday the 13th: The Game. 

Horror punks Labadie House covered the song for Horrorhound Presents: It’s Only A Movie and it’s been covered live by Finnish metal band Lordi and Warmen, featuring the lead singer of Children of Bodom, Alexi Laiho. 

“Friday The 13” The Misfits

“Flashbacks in nightmare

Revenge his mother swears

Through a faceless hockey mask

The demons eyes they stare”

Friday the 13th is the sixth EP in the extensive catalog of The Misfits. Released in 2016, it features Jerry Only on bass and lead vocals, Jerry Other on guitar, and Eric “Chupacabra” Arce on drums. The cover art features the band’s infamous crimson ghost logo painted up like one of Jason’s masks, in particular the one from Part III.  

“Camp Crystal Lake” Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space

“Like a cold machine 

He marches on

He’s on the hunt for everyone

Who disturbs this peaceful place?

While partying or having sex”

Bloodsucking Zombies From Outer Space formed in 2002 in Vienna, Austria. To date, they have released nine albums, including an acoustic live album, a Christmas album, and a greatest hits compilation. Their 2014 release Toxic Terror Trax features this song about the behemoth killer stalking Camp Crystal Lake. 

“Welcome to Camp Nightmare” Dr Acula

“Run for your life my friend. 

Obvious this is wrong on all ends. 

It’s getting worse 

they’ve been dispersed. 

It’s a nightmare. 

This is not my idea of a getaway”. 

Opens with a sound clip from the Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives where Lizabeth exclaims, “I’ve seen enough horror movies to know any weirdo wearing a mask is never friendly!”

The band Dr. Acula have a distinct party/deathcore/slam sound and sing about horror movies and Goosebumps books. The band broke up in 2012. However, the latest news on the band is from 2019, when the band’s original lineup performed a reunion show at the Amityville Music Hall in Long Island, NY and released a new single entitled “Egg Monsters From Mars”. 

A profile picture from the band’s Facebook page
the discography of The Jasons

The description of The Jasons from their Facebook page reads, “four mongoloid brothers pissing people off with their immature antics and playing pure Red-Blooded American Punk Rock from Crystal Lake!” 

The band consists of four members, all wearing a different era of Jason mask. They write songs with titles pertaining to moments throughout the entire Friday the 13th franchise such as “Crazy Ralph (Shut Your Mouth)”, “You Should Have Never Reopened That Camp”, “We’re Going To Manhattan”, “Don’t Send Me To Outer Space”, and even wrote a ballad to another camp killer, Angela Baker of Sleepaway Camp in the song “Camp Arawak”. 

In 2016, The Jasons released their song “I Wanna Be An Asshole” as a response to the band The Mezingers releasing a music video in 2014 for their song “I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore”, featuring Jason Voorhees feeling remorse for chasing teens at camp and he tries to turn his life around, be more positive, get a job, and even get a date. 

Not shy about their influences from the Misfits and Ramones, their 2018 release Get Sued was made up entirely of the band performing “mash-ups” of the aforementioned bands (and it almost works too well). Their most recent release is the 2019 album, Blood in the Streets.

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