I enjoyed the song as a kid, again as a teen, and then I found even more fun singing about the graveyard smash with my daughter. The Monster Mash has not only stood the test of time, it’s made the top 100 three different times. The song reached number one in 1962. Eight years later, it peaked at number 91—probably because it was August (duh)—and then the song reached number 10 again in May of 1973.
This novelty favorite by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Cryptkickers has sold about 4 million copies and with the exception of Thriller, is probably the best know Halloween dance song of all times. The Monster Mash has been heard on every top 40 and oldies station on the planet and has been featured on television shows—the Simpsons, Cheers, Roseanne, Doogie Howser and CNN to name a few.
Supposedly, Elvis said the song was the dumbest thing he’d ever heard and Frank Sinatra was quoted saying, “This mother is the Granddaddy of rap records.” Pretty funky, huh? Not to mention, the song is just plain fun.
So if you’re working on your story late at night
And your eyes behold an eerie sight
From your pages a monster begins to rise
And your tale takes on a plot turn surprise
Just do the mash
Just do the monster mash
The monster mash
It’ll be a NYT smash
Obviously, I modified the lyrics. But if you’re in a graveyard sort-of groove and want to sing the song in its original form—here’s a link for the real verses: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/onehitwonders/monstermashlyrics.html Until next time, happy dancing on the graves…