Alongside Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You," and the finger-snapping theme to The Addams Family, Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash" holds a much beloved place in most Halloween-themed playlists. Rightfully so: The gimmicky pop hit based around vocal impersonations of Boris Karloff [ie. the guy who played Frankenstein in all of the original films] stayed at the top of the Billboard pop charts when it was first released in 1966. It's maintained its campy, parent-friendly endearments for decades since.
In honor of the unfading charm of the track and similar golden-era oldies, Minneapolis' Mike 2600 and King Otto have made their own forty-five minute soundtrack to Halloween with a Monster Mash mix of Motown, doo-wop, surf rock and "malt shop classics." Take note: There's nothing spooky here. In fact, you can expect to happily bop along to songs that your parents once shimmied to [in the vein of Ray Charles, the Beach Boys, the Ronettes and Smokey Robinson]. "Monster Motion," one of the lesser-known doo-wop tracks from Pickett's Original Monster Mash, also makes an appearance to prep you for the impending holiday weekend. At the very least, count on this mix to inspire your last-minute sock-hop-themed Halloween costume. [Download via Extra Large Party]
First Half: King Otto
Dion & the Belmonts "Wanderer"
The Lovin' Spoonful "What a Day for a Day Dream"
Lemon Pipers "Green Tambourine"
Stevie Wonder "Signed Sealed Delivered"
Toris Troy "Just One Look"
Barbara Lewis "Hello Stranger"
Johnny Otis "Willie & the Hand Jive"
Ray Charles "This Little Girl of Mine"
The Dixie Cups "Iko Iko"
Ernie K-Doe "A Certain Girl"
The Marketts "Out of Limits"
The Rooftop Singers "Walk Right In"
The Beach Boys "Catch a Wave"
Herman's Hermits "Into Something Good"
The Association "Windy"
Dusty Springfield "I Only Want To Be With You"
Bobby "Boris" Pickett "Monster Motion"
Second Half: Mike 2600
Link Wray "Rumble"
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles "You Really Got a Hold On Me"
Quincy Jones "Soul Bossa Nova"
The Ronettes "Do I Love You?"
The Beach Boys "Dance, Dance, Dance"
The Beatles "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You"
Bobby Darin "Dream Lover"
The Crystals "He's Sure The Boy I Love"
Herman's Hermits "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat"
The Kingsmen "Money"
The Association "Along Comes Mary"