Richard Christy creates 50-song Halloween soundtrack for the Blaze

Better known as a writer and on-air personality for Howard Stern’s radio show, Richard Christy drew from his experience as a musician to score the soundtrack for The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.

“I was obviously ecstatic, because I’m such a huge fan of the event,” Christy said. “I’ve been a big fan of horror movie soundtracks since I was a little kid. … This [Blaze soundtrack] is right up my alley. It’s the perfect thing for me.”

“I’d been familiar with the Blaze for many, many years,” Christy said. “I’d tried to go earlier, but it had always sold out before I got to go to it. So, I was really excited when I got to meet Rob, and I finally got to go.”

He wasn’t disappointed with what he saw.

“It exceeded my expectations,” he said. “I carve pumpkins myself, but I’m nowhere near the level of what the carvers from the Blaze are. … I think I was there for several hours, just amazed by the artistry and the whole aura of the whole event.”

Christy — who has toured internationally with hard-rock bands Charred Walls of the Damned, Death, Iced Earth, Incantation and Demons and Wizards — jumped at the opportunity. In April, Christy started working on the project whenever he wasn’t writing bits or making prank phone calls for Stern’s show.

“It was kind of like Halloween in May, June and July for me,” he said. “While I was working on the music, I got to light my pumpkin candle and drink some pumpkin beer in the summertime.”

“I not only had a blast writing the music, but now I can’t wait to visit the event and see it all come together.”

New Richard Christy Interview

Richard Christy may be extreme metal’s first big crossover success. The peerless drummer and unrivaled phone prankster moved to Florida in his teens with a dream of becoming part of the death metal scene and ended up drumming for Death and Iced Earth. While living in a warehouse he started sending song parodies and crank calls to The Howard Stern show. In 2004, he won a contest to replace departing staffer “Stuttering” John Melendez and became a fixture on the most successful talk radio show ever.

Since joining the Stern show Christy has participated in countless outrageous stunts that have captivated listeners. He and writing partner Sal Governale embraced and feigned kissing in front of CNN cameras on the morning Lehman Brothers collapsed, a stunt that became the most watched video that day on YouTube. He’s had his private parts waxed on air, been mocked for questionable hygiene and had his rectal temperature taken by longtime Stern co-host Robin Quivers. Christy and Governale have also made some of the funniest prank calls since the Jerky Boys, including a barrage of calls to the regional call-in sales show Tradio.

Christy’s place in death metal history would be secure without his thriving second career. But he hasn’t given up on his first love. His band Charred Walls Of The Damned released their second album Cold Winds On Timeless Days this month. Christy spoke to Hellbound about his journey from Kansas farm to warehouse to tour bus to the biggest radio show in history.

When you started playing death metal you were living in a warehouse. Now you are living in New York City and you are a featured performer on arguably the most popular radio show ever.

If someone had told me fifteen years ago that I would have an indoor shower I would think they were crazy (laughs). I couldn’t imagine I’d be working on the Howard Stern show. When I lived in a storage unit in Florida I showered with a garden hose outside. But I was young and it was for metal and we all need to make sacrifices to do what we love. I kept working on things and plugging away and played drums every day. I’d also send in bits to the Howard Stern shows as a fan because I loved to do it. I’m thankful that now I’m able to do both.

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Guess What’s In My Ass (Richard Christy VS Gina Lynn)

Howard and the guys talked to Richard about the gay stuff he does and how they think that he might be gay or at least bi-sexual. Richard doesn’t think he is gay though. That led to Sal coming in to play a game of ”Guess What’s In My Pouch” where he sticks something in his uncircumcised penis pouch. Richard explained the game and told him that they could have a guitar pick, a battery or a set of fake teeth inside the skin at the end of his penis.

Sal said he would like George to touch it and try to figure out what’s in there. George went over and felt his balls so Sal had to ask him to touch the right spot.

Howard Stern top 10 of 2009

#10: Reggie Jackson interview: Baseball legend Reggie Jackson gave Howard Stern a down and dirty interviewed that revealed Jackson’s Viagra usage and his penchant for masturbation.

#9: ‘You’ve been Richard Christy’ed’: The perpetually filthy Richard Christy announced to the Howard Stern Show community that he was suffering from a disgusting skin infection known as ‘MRSA’. After freaking out the germaphobic Howard, Richard burst into the studio, announced his skin infection was a fake he created with stage make-up and proclaimed ‘You’ve been Richard Christy’ed!’ The ensuing lambasting he received from Howard was epic.

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Tuesday's Show (08-18-09)

  • Quentin Tarantino Discussions. 08/18/09. 6:00am
  • Ben Stern Call In Discussed. 08/18/09. 6:10am
  • Howard’s Wardrobe Nightmare. 08/18/09. 6:15am
  • More Quentin Tarantino Hash Discussions. 08/18/09. 6:20am
  • What Would You Do To Out-Produce Gary Contest Announced. 08/18/09. 6:25am
  • Richard Christy’s Creepy Sleeping Soundtrack. 08/18/09. 6:30am
  • A Quick News Story. 08/18/09. 6:55am
  • TV And Movie Discussions. 08/18/09. 7:05am
  • Geek Show Feedback. 08/18/09. 7:20am
  • The Amish Game. 08/18/09. 7:25am
  • Lisa G’s Howard 100 News Preview. 08/18/09. 7:50am
  • Les Paul’s Death And Radio Hall Of Fame Discussions. 08/18/09. 8:10am
  • Tim Tebow Discussions. 08/18/09. 8:20am
  • Mark McGrath From Sugar Ray Visits. 08/18/09. 8:30am
  • Howard 100 News And Wrap Up Show Previews. 08/18/09. 9:30am
  • High Pitch Eric In Line For The Price Is Right. 08/18/09. 9:40am
  • Robin’s News. 08/18/09. 9:50am
  • Wrap Up Show – Mark McGrath Discussions. 08/18/09. 10:35am
  • Wrap Up Show – Artie’s Pitch At Newark Bears Game. 08/18/09. 10:40am
  • Wrap Up Show – Richard Christy’s Bedtime Story And Benjy Does Not Have Herpes. 08/18/09. 11:10am
  • Wrap Up Show – More Mark McGrath And Richard Christy Discussions. 08/18/09. 11:40am