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And The Winner Of: “The 2022 Spooky Song Supreme” Is…

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Well, here we are! It’s been a great week! And after a week of hand-wringing… pearl clutching… and great deliberation, you have decided! The toppermost ghoulie tune ever is:

“Let’s just say that it has paid the rent for 43 years.”

Bobby “Boris” Pickett in 2004

Monster Mash Facts:

👻 The 1962 song was somewhat inspired by the “Mashed Potato”, a dance celebrated by Dee Dee Sharp on her record, Mashed Potato Time.

👻 On the recording, Pickett does impressions of three famous horror movie icons: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi (as Count Dracula) and Peter Lorre (as Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant Igor.)

👻 One of the backup singers on the record was Darlene Love.

👻 The BBC banned the record in the UK, calling it “too morbid”.

But in 1973, more rational heads prevailed, and the song reached # 3 in Britain.

👻 For reasons unknown, Pickett waited 25 years after his big hit release – until 1989 – to finally license the song for TV and movie use.

👻 In 1985, Pickett recorded a follow-up called Monster Rap, where the mad scientist attempts to teach his creation… how to rap:

👻 Pickett continued to perform continuously until 2006, just five months before he died of leukemia at the age of 69.

Congratulations to Bobby “Boris” Pickett for a silly graveyard smash that will likely be a part of Halloween for generations to come.


And thanks to all for participating in the week’s fun! Happy Halloween!


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cappiethedog
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October 28, 2022 11:06 pm

I had a lot of fun coming up with conceptual posts. I will miss this, lovethisconcept.

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October 29, 2022 12:54 am

Congratulations on the creativity for these posts, LTC. I couldn’t vote in all of them, but it was fun to read.

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October 29, 2022 9:40 am

Mash good!

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October 31, 2022 11:26 am
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I’m picturing/hearing this from Peter Boyle.

Phylum of Alexandria
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October 29, 2022 10:09 am

That was a great series! Hopefully there’s one on Christmas songs too!

Phylum of Alexandria
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October 29, 2022 2:17 pm

Well, let’s not forget this classic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqGkbVXSaKU

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October 31, 2022 8:04 am
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October 29, 2022 11:50 am

Well done love. This was a fun ride this past week.

Pauly Steyreen
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October 29, 2022 7:04 pm

I wish we had gone darker or more contemporary, but you can’t argue with the classics. Monster Mash is a fun song and I hope it keeps living on. But I hope we can anoint some new legends too!

Phylum of Alexandria
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October 29, 2022 8:30 pm
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I have a good feeling that this will be next year’s winner:

https://youtu.be/VVD7hRWdUVM

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October 29, 2022 7:28 pm

My hat’s off (with my head in it) to LTC for a fun week of songs and comments!

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October 30, 2022 10:18 am

Licensed in 1989 makes sense because it was sure part of this millennial’s childhood. Congrats to Monster Mash, it’s a graveyard smash!

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October 30, 2022 10:35 pm
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Actually heard “Monster Mash” at a public park; a post-Little League game potluck/Halloween party combo. It dawned on me. “Rawhead and Bloodybones” isn’t really a party song.

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