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The Original Monster Mash

Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers

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Album Review

"Monster Mash" is one of the all-time great holiday songs, resurfacing (and sometimes charting) every Halloween without fail. The Original Monster Mash is the accompanying Top 20 album from 1962, on which Pickett leads off with his big hit before plying his Boris Karloff shtick for another 15 songs. Pickett's other Top 100 monster hit, the Christmas novelty "Monsters' Holiday," is here as well, along with dated jokes about Fabian ("Rabian - The Fiendage Idol") and then-current dance crazes ("Transylvania Twist," "Skully Gully"). "Let's Fly Away" is a brief Stan Freberg send-up that replaces "John and Marsha" with Dracula and Vampira. The Crypt-Kickers were an all-star band that counted Leon Russell, producer Gary Paxton, and other famous folks among its members, and the album remains a fine Halloween party platter year and years later. Unfortunately, the album was remixed for CD release in 1991, and the vocals are obscured in the mix so that the generic rock backing often prevails over the "spooky" dialogue and singing, which defeats the point for a novelty effort such as this.

Customer Reviews

There's No Topping To The Originals!

Great songs, especially Monster Mash. I rememeber when I was like Five, or so, I would listen to this song in the car. Also, sometimes, they would play it at my school's annual Halloween Parade. I was looking for the song on itunes and all I found were all of these stupid re-recordings from K-tel. So I'm glad I finally found this version of the song or I would of ended up buying one of those re-recorded versions. And I was very suprised when I found out that this was the LP version of Monster Mash and thought to myself that it must be good. And I was right. So if you're trying to find a version of Monster Mash to buy... DEFINENTLY GET THIS ONE!!

MUAHAHAHAHA!!!

What a fun record!!! I used to play this during the summer when I worked at a music store...I'd always get, "but, it isn't Halloween!". It doesn't matter! So, I guess what I'm saying to you is...GET THIS! "Me & My Mummy" is such a cool song, "Monster Mash" included. Think outside of the box for a change. lol

It was the monster mash!

What fun! I used to LOVE THIS SONG when I was little and it is still pretty good!

Biography

Born: February 11, 1940 in Georgetown, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s

Pickett is, of course, the man doing the Boris Karloff impression on the Halloween hit "Monster Mash." He moved to L.A. in 1961 following his discharge from the army, hoping to become an actor. He joined a singing group called The Cordials, and after perfecting his Karloff voice, co-wrote "Monster Mash" with Cordials member Leonard Capizzi to take advantage of the Mashed Potato dance craze. The Crypt-Kickers were comprised of Leon Russell, Johnny...
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