Tuesday, August 30, 2011

W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Herman Munster Rap / The Munsters (1964)

Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
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The Munster’s — Herman, the bolted together, head-of-the-dark-household at 1313 Mockingbird Lane, plus his witch-like wife Lilly, Grandpa the Count from the old country, lil’ son Eddie Wolfgang, and sexy niece Marilyn — take on pop music, as only they can. Campy and corny… it’s TV’s version of the monster mash.
This LP really has no connection to The Munsters except The Munsters are on the album cover. It's "The Newest Teen-Age Singing Group The Munsters - Inspired by the TV characters The Munsters". Basically, it was just a way to cash in on The Munsters craze. As for the music...it's your typical rock 'n' roll of the 60's.
However, the music on this album isn't too bad, especially if you are partial to the 60's beatnick / swing & surf fads that defined the era.
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As an added bonus, I have included a rather bizarre (but very clever) Youtube video clip of Herman Munster doing Rap. Actually, the footage has been sampled from a well known episode of the Munsters where Herman is enticed to recite poetry in front of a group of beatnicks, resulting in some hilarious dialogue.
So, I hope you enjoy this rather Obscure post for this month's W.O.C.K on Vinyl, and can really 'dig' this totally hip 'Scary Green Giant'.
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(thanks to rockpainterx for this clip)
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The Munsters
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Herman Munster
A child-like Frankenstein monster who works as a gravedigger, Herman often throws tantrums when he doesnt get his way. A bumbling idiot with defective brains, he is practically a caricature of Fred Flintstone. Add on his oddly effeminate traits, and it is clear that Brad Garrett states correctly in his stand-up routine that Herman Munster was the first gay sitcom star.
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Lily Munster
Lily is a generic bride of Frankenstein (note the white stripe of hair), who is the matriarch of the Munsters. However, she is also a vampire (being the daughter of Grandpa Munster).

Eddie Munster
The son of a Frankenstein monster and a bride of Frankenstein/vampire mix, Eddie is inexplicably a wolfman, obviously a pathetic attempt to shoehorn in another of the Universal monsters into the mix. Eddie carried around a little wolfman doll and annoyed viewers everywhere.
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Grandpa Munster
A Boris-Karloff knockoff played by the kooky Al Lewis. Clearly a vampire, so we are unsure who Grandpa knocked up to produce Lily. Most of the time he did experiments in the basement, providing convenient plot devices for many of the episodes.
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Marilyn Munster
The “normal” member of the family. Herman and Lily are her aunt and uncle, so we can only assume that they have killed her parents and are holding her against her will. She is also apparently too dumb to realize that she is normal, and is viewed by the other Munsters as lacking their good looks. Oh how very hilarious…the first time [extract from threesorryboys.com]
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Track Listing
01 -  Munster Creep02 - Frankenstein Had A Hot Rod Car03 - $1.98 King Size Voodoo Kit
04 - Vampire Vamp
05 - Herman’s Place
06 - (Here Comes The) Munster Coach
07 - T.V. Monster Show
08 - Eerie Beach
09 - Make It Go Away
10 - You Created A Monster
11 - Ride The Midnight Special
12 - Down In The Basement
13 - Munsters Theme Song #1
14 - Munsters Theme Song #2
15 - Munsters Theme Song (With Words)
16 - Herman Munster Rap

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The Munsters Link (49Mb) New Link 17/04/2016
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5 comments:

  1. Hi Guy great post I actually had this LP one of the first I ever bought thinking it was the Munsters round about 12 or 13 at the time have no Idea what ever happened to it.

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  2. Yeah - it was my favourite T.V show at the time along with Gilligan's Island, and I probably would have fallen into the same trap myself if I'd come across the LP.
    Hope this post brings back some fond memories for you mate.

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  3. Thanks Guy, like deutros I have and still got this LP thought I was the only one but now I know it sold at least 3 copies lol. Thanks for putting this up for everyone to get.

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  4. Would someone please re-up this album, please!!!! Thanks!!!!

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