La canción del día: «Monster Mash» de Bobby Pickett

Hoy en día es un clásico impepinable este «Monster Mash» de Bobby Pickett, pero lo que poca gente sabe es cómo surgió el tema. Según cuentan, una noche mientras actuaba con su grupo Pickett improvisó una imitación de Boris Karloff en la mitad de un tema. Al público le encantó, algo que no pasó desapercibido a uno de sus compañeros de banda, un tal Lenny Capizzi, que muy avispado recomendó a Pickett a no dejar de hacerlo.

Juntos Capizzi y Pickett escribieron un tema en el que el vocalista tomaba el punto de vista de un típico científico loco que narraba cómo uno de sus monstruos inventaba un nuevo baile. Aunque el tema fue estrenado en agosto de 1962, el single llegaría al número 1 de la lista de Billboard la semana del 20 al 27 de ese mismo año, coincidiendo con los días previos a la celebración de Halloween. Y a partir de ahí… ¡boom! Un hit planetario que no puede dejar de sonar todos los años por estas fechas.

I was working in the lab late one night
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
For my monster from his slab began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
He did the mash
He did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
He did the mash
It caught on in a flash
He did the mash
He did the monster mash
From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes
They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They did the mash
It caught on in a flash
They did the mash
They did the monster mash
The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son
The scene was rockin’, all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, «The Crypt-Kicker Five»
They played the mash
They played the monster mash
The monster mash
It was a graveyard smash
They played the mash
It caught on in a flash
They played the mash
They played the monster mash
Out from his coffin, Drac’s voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, «Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist»
It’s now the mash
It’s now the monster mash
The monster mash
And it’s a graveyard smash
It’s now the mash
It’s caught on in a flash
It’s now the mash
It’s now the monster mash
Now everything’s cool, Drac’s a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them Boris sent you
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash
The monster mash
And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash
You’ll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash
Then you can monster mash

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