Bobby "Boris" Pickett perfoming the Monster Mash, Live on American Bandstand (October 1964)
By - MulciberTenebras
You've never really heard "The Monster Mash"....you've only heard a song *about* The Monster Mash.
This is not the Monster Mash, this is just a tribute.
Couldn't remember the real Monster Mash
Be, too, guh, gum, be, goo, gee, goo, goo. Fli, goo, gih, goo, guh, fli, goo, guh, goo, ba, be, uh, guh, goo, be, uh, goo, guh, be, goo, guh, be, fli, goo, gee, goo, uh, fli, goh, oo, ma, ma, ma, mi, suh, fay
Best Jack Black impression EVER!
This song is not a rebel song...this song is Sunday Bloody Sunday
Maybe, maybe too much talk
Is this a Tenacious D reference? Lol
A bit like how Las Ketchup Song is about a drunk guy trying to ask a DJ to play Rappers Delight by describing it to him
Except nobody knows what TF the ketchup song is.
It's Rapper's Delight in Spanish....
You know, the song the granny raps in The Wedding Singer.
Nobody? The song reached the top of the charts in virtually every country it charted. Your frame of reference seems to be pretty small. It was hugely popular in Latin American countries. I would call that “nobody”.
Except all of Europe. But yeah, nobody.
Technically you’ve never _seen_ the monster mash. You’ve only heard a song about the _dance_ the monster mash. Still a good point though.
“They _played_ the monster mash” - lyric from this song, so it does appear to be both a song as well as the accompanying dance
I always figured it was a dance.
Started off as a joke he pulled at parties (impersonating Boris Karloff) and became a sensation.
It caught on in a flash.
How? What did he do?
He did the monster mash.
I’m not familiar with how successful he was. Did he legit make a living out of this song?
It was a Billboard #1 hit for two weeks just before Halloween in 1962. It ultimately sold a million copies, certified gold.
And Pickett personally made over $1 million from the song, and performed it for decades.
So, yeah, it was a living.
He was a decent looking fellow, wanted to be an actor ( hell, he wanted to be James Dean) & THIS song happened and he could never actually hope to be an actor ever again for the rest of his life. He made out financially OK at least for a while, but there's an aspect of tragedy to the whole thing if you look into the details of the story.
Oh how tragic, he became famous for a different reason than he was hoping for and was financially secure his whole life. /s
Yeah, money and fame can totally buy happiness and cancel out the frustration and disappointment of a lifelong dream never fulfilled…
I’m living the life of a lifelong dream never full filled. A million dollars would definitely make me feel better.
Eh. It’s a living.
He made like 2 more songs, both were pretty soulless rehashes of the monster mash.
Theres a video on YouTube about his whole career by ToddInTheShadows
Has anyone heard the first version of this song? Apparently, the record label made him tone it down for the official release because the monster imagery was too vivid in the original.
Those monsters fucked and sucked
Medusa gets me rock hard
Gotta try that Medussy.
It was a graveyard fuck.
They did the fuck!
Did he say making fuck?
Chicks dig metalface!
Did not expect a CBB reference even though that's immediately where my mind went
He’s released some updated versions, too. They’re completely different each year.
i was looking for this comment. Leo Carpazzi is an inspirational talent.
Don't forget about Scaroline!
The end is quite crazy. Cool seeing him in person though so many years hearing that song.
I've never seen this before because I was born in the '70s. Lol. I've heard this song since I was a small kid. Scooby-Doo and whatever. It is really cool being able to see the guy actually being on American Bandstand with Dick Clark.
Also a 70’s kid cool seeing young Dick Clark. Definitely had my share of Tom and Jerry and Bugs Bunny
Haha. Username definitely checks out. Lol. Nice
You got me lol someone once asked if I was in my 70’s because of my user name but it was all channel 11 reruns when I was a kid
It was and it was cool.
Wait was that Dick Clark? Omg I thought it was just some guy. Wow… glad you said something so I watched to the end. Thanks!
Yeah! Good eye!!
My grandfather was probably about twenty years old at this point in time. When I was growing up, he’d love saying “mash! Mashoo!” and while I thought it was funny, I never really understood why he loved saying it so much. I guess I also didn’t realize how much of a cultural phenomenon it was when he was in his prime. Makes sense now!
I remember going through my moms old 45’s she would have been a teenager in 64 and she had the 45 for Monster Mash. I thought is was such a cool song when I was little
I bought this record in 1980 with my allowance money. I thought it was going to be a bunch of spooky sound effects. But it was The Monster Mash! I kept playing this over and over on our 1967 stereo console. My mean older sister got fed up, took off the record, and sat on it.
Classic older sister move.
I’m watching this muted and can hear the song just fine
Dick Clark looks like a dreamy teenager!
The original Carson Daly.
There was a time when everyone, and by everyone I mean gen-Xers and older millennials, used to joke or laugh at jokes about Dick Clark never aging, as we would at John Wayne impressions consisting almost solely of the word "pilgrim" and staredown scenes in sitcoms to the tune of the Good, Bad and the Ugly theme.
That's a different man with no name.
His face must hurt after all that.
As someone with a very expressive face,
It hurts more trying to tone it down and NOT look like a fuckin cartoon.
Fellow expressive face here…so true. Babies love me, wedding albums hate me.
This songs perfect for Halloween coming up.
Dude, you're so right. How come nobodies thought of that?
I heard this banger in August about a deer with a shining nose, can’t wait to blast that bad boy come Christmas, folks are gonna lose their minds
these comments are hilarious. Cringey? Self-indulgent? no authentic emotions? What the fuck are you looking for, a tear-jerking soulful rendition of the fucking Monster Mash? It's Bobby Picket talking about dancing monsters so unclench your buttholes.
And nobody in here realizes he is also doing a Boris Karloff impersonation vocally.
For most of my life I thought it was Karloff. Like my brain couldn’t wrap itself around there being two people famously called Boris and disregarded the DJs saying Bobby and Pickett rather than Karloff.
I wonder which one The Who named their spider after?
THEIR spider? Im pretty sure that was ALL ENTWHISTLE, baby!!!!!!!!!!
Lmao- I always thought it was Karloff. Now I know and knowing is half the battle.
GEEE EYEEE JOEEEEE!
And technically he's not singing, he's lip syncing.
Yeah, buts that's just how TV was back then.
I think everyone lip synced on American Bandstand. From ABBA to Weird Al, they all lip synced.
A lot of shows and networks forced acts to lip synch in case anything went wrong.
And besides, can we cut this guy some slack? Dude is lip syncing this song on TV without a band to help provide visual stimuli on a track on which he only SPOKE. He’s gotta do *something* to make it visually interesting. Dude’s like “Welp…I got a FACE. Let’s do this.”
And holy fuck, over 50 years later, we’re still watching it.
Guaranteed none of the naysayers could pull that off.
Reddit is full of discerning experts with rich, full lives and nothing to do but talk shit about stuff.
You're speaking to a crowd that will take tik tok of anything and try to post it to get any reaction.
I needed this laugh. Thank you
I needed your comment. Thank you.
People that comment on how he is over-acting should know that in 1964 television was super low resolution and you had to overact for the camera
Nah, that's not the reason. He's getting into character to match those old universal monster movies
I for one think it’s awesome. I don’t understand why people are Reddit are so judgy
BECAUSE IT'S ALL WE'VE GOT
Im here watching it on mute and I'm loving his his face contortions! Very freaky!
And the screen was 10 inches tall and you had to see it from across the room.
Also, acting styles were adapted to the stage, where there were no closeups. Take a look at Brando in *On the Waterfront*. His makeup looks sprayed on with a firehose.
Plus, it's just a dramatic style on purpose.
Man those facial contortions for all those minutes must have been tiring.
It wasn't about low resolution. Back then actors were much more attuned to drama, self expression and often entertaining a live audience which most of television was. But it was also something still in the infancy, where "acting" wasn't done to appear exactly natural or believability
I didn’t know Dick Clark’s middle name is Wagstaff. Is that any relation to the Wagstaff on r/bobsburgers
You gave me my first laugh of the day. Thank you!
My grandma told me Boris Karloff did this song and I believed her
This 45 rpm recording was the first record I ever bought with my own money. (Yeah, I'm old.)
You must be old to have snagged that username. Love it
Whatever happened to my “Transylvania Twist?”
It's now 'The Mash'
Ged? That you?
Dude's face is breakdancing.
lmao this comment
I un ironically love this song. The background vocals are too catchy.
When I was young in the '80s, my sister and I were given/found an old 45 record player. We didn't have many records, but this song was one of them. Another song I remember (not so fondly) was Crimson and Clover. Over and Over. (and over and over and over)
I liked the Monster Mash song though :)
Same!! My partner and I sing this song every time we make mashed potatoes.
Agreed! And the piano part is so fun :)
Same. It’s a really great recording.
I hope he made a bunch of money off this. Enjoyed this song since he recorded this.
This song made his whole career, he would go on to record sequel versions such as Monster’s Holiday, Monster Swim, Monster Rap, and my personal favorite The Climate Mash, which he made to raise awareness about global warming during the Bush administration.
EDIT: All of these are real songs, I wouldn’t joke about Bobby Pickett, jfc
Can't tell if joking or serious.
Edit: it appears to be genuine folks.
Monster Rap is absolute FIRE. Encourage every single person to go listen to it, will not be disappointed
He must go home with the worst face ache.
Wait, this isn't Leo Karpatze.
This version didn’t even mention Swamp Thing.
Those monster sucked and fucked!
Never actually seen this performed - awesome.
This song comes out every Halloween!
I know, but this is the first time I've ever actually seen "Boris" in person. He's got some wild facial expressions going on.
>first time I've ever actually seen "Boris"
Same! All these years and I never knew what he looked like. I was expecting someone older than that...
Since he was impersonating someone much older, that means he did a good job!
Well he is now
Monster Mash will forever be my favorite song. My grandpa had it on 45 record and would play it on his jukebox for me every weekend, and we would dance around the basement together. He passed away almost 15 years ago, and every time I hear this song I tear up a little bit and think about him.
If Jim Carey were having a stroke during Frankenstein
I was just thinking about that. How Jim Carey wouldn’t be able to hang with this dude
He made all the faces you see in a rave
Yeah I mean his facials were great but people honestly think he was not lip syncing this are crazy. No one performed live back in those days on TV it was all with piped in sound and they had to play along.
I don't know how they can think that, the video itself shows at the end he he's not wired for sound. The host has to hold his microphone over so they can hear him talk, he's even visibly silent in between!
Yeah, I think in those days "live" just meant that you would see the person or group who did the songs. Some of the old ones were completely live, some were live vocals over a backing track, and some were purely lip synched. Still though, I have a soft spot for Bobby "Boris" Pickett, live or not, this song is a part of almost everyone's childhood.
Man was truly ahead of his time
Um, paging Jim Carrey.
More like old school John Mayer
I love The Mash!
When you put on a show...commit 100% and give 'em a SHOW!
Jim Carey’s face contortionist mentor
I was somewhat friends with the late Gary S. Paxton who wrote Monster Mash. What a guy! Crazy good performance here too, love it.
Huh I thought it was a dance like the macarena or something. Loved how the top and bottom halves of his face here moving in completely different directions!! 🤣🤣
This is my four year olds favorite song at the moment, thank you for posting this.
Reminds me of what seems like simpler times.
Yeah the mid 60s were definitely simpler times... /s
Simpler for white people yea
Wait wtf is the dome in Virginia Beach at the end there?
Leo Karpatze would like a word!?!
Omg Dick Clark is a teenager here!!!!! Loved AB, would watch on Saturday. This is the first time that I’ve ever seen this clip. Maybe he & Jim Carrey are related with those rubber facial expressions!! Monster Mash was so much fun ( and still is ) back in the day!!!!
Thank god for the Beatles
He played this at Spooky World in Mass years ago on stage. My friend and I did the last karaoke song before he took the stage. So I consider myself his opening act.
This is awesome, I’ve never seen this before but I genuinely love the song so much. My family (gently) teases me because it’s old and cheesy but I just love it. 🎃
Curious how much in royalties his family is receiving as this is basically the theme song for everything Halloween related….
his eyebrows were paid performers
Dude was spittin
Lip sync, pretty sure
Yup. It was usually required by the show that you lip-synch your song. I'm not sure though if they required it to ensure there was no instrument malfunction, ensure it had quality sound or to make sure the musicians didn't go off script and slip a cuss word in.
Probably all three of those plus "Needs to sound exactly like the radio version."
They didn't even mic him up for the post-song interview.
Absolutely. That's the studio recording.
No shit it’s from the 60s
I probably watched that with my older teenage girl cousin, who was living with us at the time. She went into hysterics when the Beatles were on the Ed Sullivan show.
Earnest, enthusiastic and enough for the early '60s. That was like watching Naughty by Nature in 1991 or 1993, and no time before or since.
TIL who did The Monster Mash. I was a toddler when the song came out. My best friend played the 45 on the family's record player.
This guy wouldve killed it if youtube was around in the 60s
Trying to order another at the bar but you’ve been on the bag a few hours too long…
We did a this song in the fourth grade 31 years ago. Fuck I’m old.
Those expressions are just marvelous!
he's lip syncing, but it's still cool
Was any man in the 60s not named Bobby?
Don't forget Skip, Bud, or Trip
He has those Hank Hill cheekbones.
This guy is the prototype for people pulling faces to EDM drops on Tiktok.
All I can hear is Zoidberg harmonizing with himself.
I love the range of his facial expressions. Very cool.
He looks like he’s having fun performing lol.
That’s Kenneth Copeland right? /s
He could give Jim Carrey a run for his money with those delightful faces!
The Transylvania twist part always makes me laugh. *Its now the mash, it’s now the monster mash*
when is jim carry gonna play this guy in the biopic about this song?
Man has the Kubrick stare down pat.
My grandma had this record
Elementary Halloween Parade song
That guy threw himself all in… and in front of an audience that barely reacted, which makes it that much better…. especially in comparison to the chill dude he was when it was finished. I actually listened to the whole thing, which is something I’ve rarely done the many times I’ve heard this in the past. It’s actually a lot more clever than I remembered.
Kids these days are weird.
Ohhmagherd I’ve only ever heard the monster fuck song on CBB, I didn’t know this was real!
Cool video, old school for sure!
I first heard this song in Cheers, the episode where it plays out of their jukebox constantly. I was disappointed when streaming one day and found out that due to rights, they had changed the song. Lame-o.
At first I thought, “Ha, cool! I’ll send this to the grandkiddos.” Then, the more I watched, the more disturbing this guy’s expressions became. Is this just me?
I couldn't sit through it. Fun song, don't need 3 minutes of this guy gurning.
I just pictured him as like a creepy butler in a campy horror movie.
Having some dancers actually up there monster mashing would have really helped.
All the dancers they could find were only trained in transylvania twisting
He really needs to move his eyebrows a lot more.