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Music Review: John Zacherle – Monster Mash

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Monster Mash features an interview and full-length record by John Zacherle. The presentation was published originally as a vinyl record in 1962. The liner notes are by Don Rosenblit. The cover design is by Al Cahn and Elkman Advertising Company, Inc.

The record comes with a spooky Halloween interview with John Zacherle (born September 26, 1918) followed by Halloween jazz music. The cover has a color picture of John Zacherle, Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, the Wolfman, flying bats, goblins, and an open coffin with a dead body protruding. The setting is perfect for Halloween.

In the interview, Zacherle explains that he was born some 200 years ago, stating that he “was belched forth from the graveyard in Transylvania.” He specialized in the “Black Arts” and made the honor society Phi Beta Draca in Ghoulage. He received his Monster’s Degree and made his way into the world of mortals.

The record has famous recordings such as, “Monster Mash,” “Hurry Bury Baby,” “Let’s Twist Again (Mummy Time is Here),” “I’m the Ghoul from Wolverton Mountain,” “Gravy (With Some Cyanide)” and “Popeye (The Gravedigger).”

“Monster Mash” (Pickett-Capilli) is a graveyard smash accompanied by very strange music, bubbling laboratory chemicals, drums in the background, and Zacherle singing. Later on in the song “the ghouls all come from their humble abode to get a jolt from my electrode.”

In “Hurry Bury Baby” (Mann-Appell) there’s a girl named Sammy who was squeezed so tight that she couldn’t breathe and died. Zacherle sings that he had to “hurry bury baby.” He scurries about in many places looking for a safe place to bury her out of sight.

“Let’s Twist Again (Mummy Time is Here)” (Mann-Appell) is in the character of Chubby Checker, except tailored to fit the Halloween theme. Zacherle sings to the listener that “mummy time is here.” The song sounds a lot like Chubby Checker with a theme set for Halloween and the music of the dead. The song is perfect for a holiday dance to “The Twist.”

“I’m the Ghoul from Wolverton Mountain” (Kilgore-King) describes a place to stay away from. “Yes, I’m the ghoul of Wolverton Mountain,” the lyrics warn, “I’m going there to reach the top/Lock your door and get your gun.”

In “Gravy (With Some Cyanide)” (Mann-Appell), Zacherle sings, “I’ve got a very special gravy with some cyanide.” In “Popeye (The Gravedigger)” Zacherle sings, “Popeye is digging a grave for three weeks without any sleep/In fact he’s down there close to 9,000 feet/He’s got bloodshot eyes and he’s pretty gruesome/He’ll get you when he’s done.”

The Monster Mash album is an unusual flashback to the early ’60s with music that has stood the test of time. John Zacherle still wows the audience as he did a half century ago.

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About Dr Joseph S Maresca

I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.