Before I get on with my eloquent espousing on today's creepy tune I just wanted to mention something about this years presentation of the 2012 Jamaican Halloween Spooktacular... As the first four posts this month show, I am a huge fan of vintage horror comics. I have posted the occasional comic cover in previous years to highlight the appropriate tune but this year I've decided to combine my love of old horror comic books with my love of all tunes spooky and I had my friend Roger Wilkerson create individual vintage comic book cover variations on each song... and I've got to tell you, they have turn out awesome. Be sure to collect them all!
Frankenstein, the monster that is, has always been my favorite monster.
I'm pretty sure my first exposure was as a kid, when TV stations would
play old movies to serve as filler on Sunday morning, and I came across
1948's Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein. Kinda roundabout way of getting into ol' Frankie but it worked nonetheless.
Frankenstein, the record, by Byron Lee & The Dragonaires is up next in our spooky cavalcade of mayhem. This is one of those holy grail records I have been searching for for years. Sure, I had a copy of the song on CD but I wanted the 45 and I spent nearly 4 years tracking it down. My luck changed last summer when I finally found it for sale and without an exorbitant price tag. But enough about that...
If I remember correctly I gave a background on Byron Lee & The Dragonaires before so I won't get into it again. What you're going to hear is just a fantastic ska tune that successfully captures all the creepiness that is Frankenstein but still manages to get your feet moving. I have embellished the song with a cut from my favorite 1974 Halloween sound effects LP, Sounds of Terror! You remember that one? That's the LP my mom bought me at Woolworth's before a Halloween party we hosted when I was 3 years old and it scared the living shit out of me! But let's get to the tunage!