Two more weeks until Halloween! My workplace is getting super ready and excited as the kids can’t wait to try on their costumes. As I don’t have a lot of money this year, I decided to wear a costume that I wore many years ago. I am going to show up as the Pink Ranger from the Japanese superhero show Dekaranger (or Power Rangers SPD in the US). One of my coworkers might show up as Santa Claus for Halloween just to surprise the kids!
What are you doing for Halloween? And if you don’t celebrate Halloween, do you celebrate The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos)? Perhaps Samhain? Any other celebrations? Let me know in the comments below. It is interesting to learn about how people celebrate different holidays.
The Two Halloween Monster Classics Are…
Today’s Battle of the Songs is a Halloween-themed one! It was really hard to pick two songs for this battle. There are so many great songs! But, my heart told me to choose classic rock and roll songs from the 50s and 60s. There are so many beloved Halloween classics during these two decades. But, I picked Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash” and Sheb Wooley’s “Purple People Eater”. Even though I cannot exactly tell you why I love these two classics, I just love them! Maybe because they are classics that are unforgotten and enjoyed by many.
Please listen to each song and vote for your favorite one in the comments below!
And before you start on today’s battle, be sure to listen to my Halloween playlist! A spooktacular collection of Halloween-related songs from different decades and countries. It is perfect for any occasion! Need a playlist for this weekend’s Halloween party? This is THE one! Need a playlist to get you in the Halloween mood? This playlist will get you totally in the mood!
Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash”
“Monster Mash” is always the first song to pop up in my mind whenever I think about Halloween songs. This classic dance song from 1962 tells a story about a mad scientist. He creates a monster to dance the mad scientist’s new dance. There are many references in the lyrics to 60s dances like the Twist and the Mashed Potato. Even the song has its own dance! Of course, this song is a pretty catchy tune that anyone, any age can dance to. This is due to its simple time signature and catchy lyrics.
While listening to the song, did you hear the singer mention “The Crypt-Kickers Five”? That was actually the name of the team behind the song. They were Gary S. Paxton, Leon Russell, Johnny MacRae, Rickie Page, and Terry Berg. Meanwhile, Bobby Pickett, an aspiring actor at the time who was also in a band, provided the main vocals. He sang with the girl group The Blossoms, who provided backup vocals.
Check out the video above that is a performance from a classic American music show American Bandstand. During his performance, Bobby Pickett does a great job imitating actor Boris Karloff.
Sheb Wooley’s “Purple People Eater”
This song actually came about after Wooley heard a joke told by a friend’s kid. After hearing the joke, Wooley quickly wrote the song in about an hour’s time. The story tells about a one-eyed, one-horned, flying, purple people eater. This alien journeys to Earth in hopes to join a rock n’ roll band. Though the song’s story seems a bit crazy, a lot of young people loved “The Purple People Eater” so much when it was released.
Yes, the song is quirky. But, its silliness is what makes the song so loved. What else makes the song so beloved is the dance beat. Like the “Monster Mash”, “The Purple People Eater” is written in a simple time signature. This makes the song easy to bop to. Even dance a routine to the beat!
The Purple People Eater” was Sheb Wooley’s only No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts. The song has covered many times. One notable cover is by movie icon Judy Garland with her darker portrayal.
Here is some trivia about the song: At first, the record company MGM Records initially refused to release the song. But, Wooley insisted to release this song. He sent an acetate disc to the record company’s New York office. Once opened, the song became a hit with the young people as up to 50 people listened to the song during their lunch break. After hearing this, MGM Records decided to release the single.
Who Will It Be?
Now it is your turn to vote! Who will be the victor? Tell me in the comments below! I can’t wait to hear what you guys think!
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