I’ve been reading a lot of Peanuts with my son, and when I told him there was a Halloween Charlie Brown animated special, he was super excited to watch. The part that had both of us laughing like crazy was when Charlie Brown and the other neighbourhood kids went out for “tricks or treats” (Is that a regional thing? Or a remnant of the 60s when the special was made?) and all the kids got candy except for poor old Charlie Brown, who got a rock from every single house.
Continuing on my thoughts regarding the Monster Mash, we come to another strange lyric.
“The coffin-bangers were about to arrive with their vocal group The Crypt Kicker Five.”
What are coffin-bangers? And why does Bobby “Boris” Pickett think we’ll just implicitly understand what he means by that phrase? Anyways, here’s The Crypt Kicker Five, comprised of various coffin-adjacent monsters.
I’ve listened to The Monster Mash (by Bobby “Boris” Pickett) so many times, that whenever I hear it, I no longer pay attention to the melody, but instead ponder some of the more peculiar lyrics.
For example – who is Dracula’s son? Why was it so important to include him in the song, only to have him never mentioned again? Who is Dracula’s wife? Why couldn’t Dracula get a babysitter? So many questions.
Me and my family can’t get enough of Untitled Goose Game! We’ve been playing it non-stop since it launched. I love that little goose so much I decided to do a series of portraits that show off all the honk-modifiers in the game (or things that make noise when you pick them up), but I needed one more goose to make a 3×3 grid, so I figured what better goose to draw than a bow-tied goose. Doesn’t she look proud?
One of 18 new illustrated album covers I put together for an art show at Mahtay Café. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. One of Pink Floyd’s many iconic covers (courtesy of Storm Thorgerson and Hipgnosis), and probably my favourite. Cover aside, this is an absolutely beautiful album. From the Syd Barrett tribute “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” (which bookends the album), to the title track, and one of my favourite lyrics of all time – “We’re just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl, year after year.”
This is the last of the 18 album covers I put together for my show at Mahtay. Thanks for coming along for the ride.(more…)