Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Vhatever happened to my Transylvania Tvist?"

Your HALLOWEEN novelty pop song "MONSTER MASH" is so catchy I find it stuck in my head during random days throughout the year -- not just today.
"He did the Mash -- he did the Monster Mash!"
The "graveyard smash" grew out of a Boris Karloff shtick Pickett performed as a member of a singing group called The Cordials.
Pickett wrote the song with friend and fellow group member Lenny Capizzi, and Gary Paxton produced the record. Paxton provided the B-movie sound effects that help give the tune its s-p-o-o-k-y charm.
As Fred Bronson explains in "The Billboard Book of Number One Hits:"
"(Paxton) created the sound of a coffin opening by putting a rusty nail in a 2-by-4 and pulling it out slowly with a hammer. The bubbling sounds came from blowing into a straw in a glass of water. The chains were dropped onto plywood planks on the floor."
Sound effects aside, the tune's melody and clever lyrics endure.
The fact that the song has re-entered the pop charts numerous times since its 1962 debut attests to its lasting impression.
I guess I'm not the only one who gets "Monster Mash" stuck in his head from time to time.


Blogger PR Evans said...

Hey man, neat little blog. Just dropped in to agree that 'Monster Mash' is a pretty chronic song. Made even more so by the fact that one of the greatest back-up singers of all time - Darlene Love - got an early-career credit for it.
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And even more by viewing the recent documentary '20 Feet From Stardom.'

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