Monster Mash

In today’s Mother Goose and Grimm, a mash-up of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (the folk rock group) and Young Frankenstein (the movie), in a phrasal overlap portmanteau (POP):


It’s a Monster Mash, as in the 1962 novelty song.

The ingredients. First, CSNY. From Wikipeda:

Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on US music and culture.


Second, the film. From Wikipedia:

Young Frankenstein is a 1974 American comedy film directed by Mel Brooks and starring Gene Wilder as the title character, a descendant of the infamous Dr. Victor Frankenstein. The supporting cast includes Teri Garr, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars, Richard Haydn and Gene Hackman.

The film is an affectionate parody of the classic horror film genre, in particular the various film adaptations of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein produced by Universal in the 1930s.


A wonderfully funny movie.

“Monster Mash”. From Wikipedia:

“Monster Mash” is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton’s Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes.

A video of Pickett performing “Monster Mash” (on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand) can be viewed here.

In billboards’s “The Top 10 Halloween Songs” from 10/27/14, “Monster Mash” is ranked #2, behind Michael Jackson’s “Thriller:.


One Response to “Monster Mash”

  1. Stan Carey Says:

    The overlap is at phrase level, as you say, but I think Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young Frankenstein also counts as a portmonsteau, i.e., a monster portmanteau – a blend I coined in a comment to a post of yours a few years ago (‘Mammoth (2006)’).

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