"Monster Mash" is a classic Halloween tune, falling on the spectrum somewhere between "Thriller" and "Werewolf Bar Mitzvah."
The 1962 song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett has been a staple of the spooky season since its release.
But now it's ruined forever thanks to Twitter user @Lawrence_Miles. He blew the lid off everything we thought we knew about this silly song. His revelation will leave you totally spooked.
First, here's an insane video of Bobby Pickett performing "Monster Mash" during a 1964 episode of American Bandstand.
(Shoutout to a young and handsome Dick Clark.)
But back to Pickett: His faces are bonkers. It’s quite a performance. It’d be one thing if he was dressed in a monster costume and had other monsters dancing around him, but instead, it’s just a clean-cut guy in a suit, singing a spooky song and contorting his face into freaky expressions.
But back to the issue at hand. Lawrence Miles is about to blow your socks off:
You’ve never heard the actual Monster Mash.
The song we know as the “Monster Mash” is actually just a song about the Monster Mash.
The lyrics tell us the real story.
If only we’d been listening to them carefully this whole time, we’d know that “Monster Mash” is about a man witnessing a monster doing the Monster Mash. In other words, it’s a song about the Monster Mash, but it’s not actually the Monster Mash itself.
Yes, really. Let's break it down.
The song starts:
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.
In layman’s terms, Dr. Frankenstein watched his monster come to life and do a dance (the Monster Mash). We don’t know what the Monster Mash actually involves, only that it is a graveyard smash.
The tweets went viral, and Twitter lost its mind.
Most people were in total disbelief.
Others went straight for the jokes…