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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