August 5 - “Monster Mash” Banned by BBC

Published on August 5, 2013
That song is too morbid!”

Even though everyone who ever listened to “Monster Mash,” anytime, anywhere, knew it was a funny song, even a silly song—not scary, not depressing—the BBC would not allow British radio stations to play it when it first became popular in 1962.

The BBC's ruling was to protect “sensitive” listeners from being upset.

So, just what are these upsetting lyrics? Take a look:

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!
The monster mash! It was a graveyard smash!
He did the mash
it caught on in a flash
He did the mash! He did the monster mash

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

They did the mash...etc.

The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son

The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, "The Crypt-Kicker Five"

They played the mash...etc.

Out from his coffin, Drac's voice did ring
Seems he was troubled by just one thing
He opened the lid and shook his fist
And said, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?"

It's now the mash, etc.

Now everything's cool, Drac's a part of the band
And my monster mash is the hit of the land
For you, the living, this mash was meant too
When you get to my door, tell them only sent you

Then you can mash; then you can monster mash
The monster mash! And do my graveyard smash
Then you can mash--you'll catch on in a flash
Then you can mash! Then you can monster mash!

Notice, the song is billed here as
"Fun for the Young of All Ages."

Cute, right? So, so silly, even. Not upsetting or morbid at all.

This BBC ban seem ridiculous now—especially in the modern U.S., which has tons of horror movies, seriously scary haunted houses and mazes and masks and costumes at Halloween time, and even Fright Nights and Halloween Haunts and Fright Fests at amusement parks! Actually, just a decade after the ban, in 1973, Bobby Pickett re-released his hit, and that time around the BBC didn't bother to ban it.

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