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The Monster Mash is without a doubt the most iconic song of Halloween. No Halloween is complete without hearing the song at least once. In fact, if a movie wants to signify that the next scene is a Halloween party all they have to do is get those bubbles popping and the audiences immediately knows what’s coming next.
During the song all the monsters are excited to be doing the new dance craze — the monster mash. When Dracula arrives he’s a bit annoyed that all his friends have stopped doing his Transylvania Twist. Which brings up the question of what is the Transylvania Twist?
At the time of Monster Mash’s release in 1962, there wasn’t officially a Transylvania Twist, it was merely a plot device for the song. Later that year Pickett would release a Monster Mash album that featured several monster inspired songs including a newly recorded Transylvania Twist.
The album features many entertaining songs. Transylvania Twist is not one of them. It’s such a bore that it’s not hard to see why the monsters were excited to switch to the Monster Mash. Even Drac realized that, which is why he became part of the band. As for Wolfman, he seems to like everything so he’s probably not the best guy to ask for an opinion.
Over two decades later, Bobby “Boris” Pickett would release a Monster Mash inspired rap titled Monster Rap, proving the enduring legacy of the original hit song. No matter what music style becomes popular the Monster Mash will always be a Halloween favorite.
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