Behind The 'Monster Swim' and Other Halloween Tracks You Never Knew Existed


Bobby 'Boris' Pickett performs the 'Monster Swim' on American Bandstand. Source: YouTube

When Bobby “Boris” Pickett and his group of Halloween-mad studio musicians laid down the “Monster Mash” in 1962 they were just trying to cash in on teen dance crazes like the Mashed Potato, the Frug, and the Watusi. In their bid for pop stardom with an irreverent novelty song, they created an entire mini-genre of horror-themed surf rock and dance songs. Released in 1962, "Monster Mash" is the unofficial Halloween party anthem, but what about the songs that followed in Pickett’s shambling footsteps?