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Pop / Rock 19/10/2005

He's Back, Doing the Climate Mash!

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WASHINGTON (Clear The Air) - "Monster Mash" the song that defines Halloween - is being brought back to life again today with the help of the original recording artist and a new Web-based appeal to fight global warming. The song and a new Flash movie, both available at https://www.climatemash.org, ask the public to tell their elected representatives in Washington that they want action on global warming.

The "Climate Mash" was recorded by Bobby "Boris" Pickett, co-creator and vocalist on the 1962 hit "Monster Mash." The Flash presentation features well-known Halloween horror characters based on photographs of President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, members of Congress and oil industry executives.

"Our goal here is to make sure that people understand that one of the scariest things happening this Halloween is the Bush Administration and Congress refusing to deal with global warming in meaningful way," said Angela Ledford, director of Clear the Air. "This is a fun way to spread the word about the threat posed by White House inaction on global warming, and to remind people that they can speak up and be heard."

"Global warming is a huge problem, and Congress is acting like a bunch of zombies, just sleepwalking through it," said entertainer Bobby "Boris" Pickett. "President Bush is even worse. We are feeling the effects of global warming now, but even as these become more obvious, Bush just keeps fiddling while the earth heats up."

Climatemash.org gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the global-warming issue; find out about the "zombies" and "vampires" of global climate change who are paralyzing the Washington, D.C. response to climate change; and push Congress and the White House for real solutions. A 2004 Flash movie version of "Monster Mash," recorded by Pickett to protest the Bush roadless forest rule, was an Internet smash that attracted 398,202 unique visitors who downloaded the song 490,318 times in the two weeks before last Halloween.

Recorded by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Cryptkicker Five, "Monster Mash" still gets a substantial amount of airplay every Halloween. It has been described as "arguably the most popular novelty song ever," and Bobby Pickett is the only active performer who has reached the top 100 music chart three times with the same song. On October 20, 1962, the original release of "Monster Mash" hit Number 1. The song re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 on August 29, 1970 peaking at Number 91, and then again on May 5, 1972 when it went all the way to Number 10. The Monster Mash has sold over four million copies and received three gold records.

Clear the Air (https://www.cleartheair.org) is a national public education campaign to combat global warming and improve air quality by reducing emissions from coal-burning power plants. Clear the Air brings together grassroots organizations, national environmental groups, and policy experts to make the case for stricter pollution controls to communities, government agencies, elected representatives, and the media.

The complete song lyrics are as follows:

"We were hiking past the White House late one night...
When our eyes beheld an eerie sight...

The president appeared, with folks very strange
The zombies and vampires of global climate change.

'Its not global warming,' say oil company disciples
'According to our math, its natural weather cycles.'

Claims from these and other industry heavies let
The president rest behind his own protective levees

(the climate mash)
they're doing the climate mash
(the climate mash)
Real science is bashed
(the climate mash)
solutions are trashed
(the climate mash)
and they do it for the cash

The creatures were having fun
Our congress was overrun
We couldn't tell the mindless zombies
From the elected ones.

Now we do know how to stop this, we have the technology
But first we have to get past industry ideology.

We need your help, I'm glad to show you how;
Tell your leaders in Washington to save our climate now."






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