The song was released as a single on Gary S. It has been a perennial Halloween favorite ever since. Pickett was an aspiring actor who sang with a band called the Cordials at night while going to auditions during the day. One night, while performing with his band, Pickett did a monologue in imitation of horror movie actor Boris Karloff while performing the Diamonds ' " Little Darlin' ". The audience loved it, and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi encouraged Pickett to do more with the Karloff imitation. Mel Taylor , drummer for the Ventures , is sometimes credited with playing on the record as well,  while Russell, who arrived late for the session, appears on the single's B-side, "Monster Mash Party". A variation on the Mashed Potato was danced to "Monster Mash", in which the footwork was the same but Frankenstein -style monster gestures were made with the arms and hands. The producers made extensive use of foley art for the recording; the sound of a coffin opening was imitated by a rusty nail being pulled out of a board.
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It features seven musical numbers. Starring Pickett himself as Dr. A teenage couple, Mary and Scott, are on their way home from a Halloween party when car trouble prompts them to seek help at the old mansion of Victor Frankenstein , a mad scientist from Hyannis Port. Once inside, they meet a host of strange characters, at whose mercy Scott and Mary suddenly find themselves when Frankenstein informs them, "I'm sorry the bridge is out, you'll have to spend the night! Each character has his or her own secret designs on Mary and Scott. Frankenstein wants to take Scott's brain and put it in his latest creation. Meanwhile, Frankenstein's assistant, Igor , develops feelings for Mary, especially after she encourages him to be confident and "play your hunch," thinking that, once Scott's brain has been removed, Igor's own brain can replace it. Count Dracula and his wife, Countess Natasha, a pair of vampires, decide to spice up their lifeless marriage "Eternity Blues" by feasting on Mary and Scott respectively, but Dracula instead decides to take Mary as his next wife. Wolfie is constantly struggling with his lycanthropy and worrying his helicopter mother "Things a Mother Goes Through" , who insists on setting Mary up with her son in hopes of curing him since Frankenstein refuses.
So the actual song could be entirely different. I'm here to red-pill you all. You've never heard the actual Monster Mash. Bobby Pickett is a non-monster recalling an occasion when he heard monsters mashing. At best, his recording is only a rough approximation. He invented the mash For all we know, Pickett could've witnessed some satanic ritual which he mistook for innocent ghoulish mashing.
No-one could have predicted a novelty song recorded about ghouls and ghosts would still be played nearly 60 years later. You simply can't have a Halloween party without hearing 'Monster Mash' at least once. Bizarrely, the song was actually released in the height of summer in August , but it ended up at number one in the States for Halloween week that year. Pickett was a young actor, who sang with a band named the Cordials in the evening while he auditioned during the day. One night, while performing with his band, he acted out a monologue in the style of horror movie actor Boris Karloff, while performing the Diamonds' 'Little Darlin''.