But Whatever Happend to My Trannsylvania Twist?
I guess there's only one day a year where it's really appropriate to play the Monster Mash (though I have been known to play and sing it in, you know, mid-june or pretty much whenever the urge strikes). And that day is today, Halloween, or, as the ancient warlocks called it, All hallow's eve.
The monster mash was first recorded in 1962 by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Cryptkickers. The "boris" is because Bobby did a really good imitation of Boris Karloff.. and that's how the monster mash originated. Interesting fact: the BBC banned the song in 1962 on the grounds that it was "too morbid." Apparently Pickett also recorded a Christmas song in the same vein, "Monsters Holiday." And in 2006, the Clear the Air Organization released another version of the song with Pickett on vocals, "Climate Mash."
Anyway, there have been many covers of the song over the years. Here's a handy list:
* Horror punk group The Misfits covered this song on their album Monster Mash, and Project 1950.
I mean, if you're going to listen to the misfits, I guess this is better than pretty much anything else they did. Also, you're probably 13, so what do you know about music?
* British ska band Bad Manners released a cover of the song on their 1980 debut album, Ska 'n' B.
* Vincent Price recorded a version of the song in 1977.
* The Bonzo Dog Band covered the song for their 1969 album Tadpoles.
The Bonzo Dog Band were this weird art school band from england. they were on some british children's tv show in the early 1970s.
* Cult reggae band The Toyes recorded "Monster Hash", a cover with the lyrics altered to be about marijuana use. um, haha! wtf?
* The Beach Boys covered the tune on their 1964 album Beach Boys Concert.
Thanks, Wikipedia! Also, apparently, there was a movie musical called Monster Mash that was based on the song that came out in theaters (what?) in 1995. So there's pretty much all you need to know about the monster mash. Happy Halloween!