Monday, October 24, 2005

Frankie Stein and his Ghouls

Way back when Ebay came about, I finally had a way to find the really hard to find LPs that were eluding me at thrift stores and garage sales. The Frankie Stein LPs of the "Monster Craze" early 60's were only a myth to me until I spotted the auctions on Ebay. These auctions came up every once in a while, so the idea that the Frankie Stein abulms were very rare wasn't an issue any more. They weren't cheap...but at least I knew they really were out there.
The concept for Frankie Stein and the Ghouls was to play '60s style instrumental dance rock with screams and other bizarre sound effects mixed in, and then to give the songs corny "horror" titles, (emulating the then popular Famous Monsters magazine).

This is the first in the series. It has songs with titles like: "Kiss of Death," "Goon River," "A Hearse is Not a Home," "Three Little Weirds," "Lullaby of Ghostland," "Knives & Lovers," "Little Ghoul Blue," "Ghoul Days," "Little Brown Bug," "The Neck Twist." The last track is a favorite.
The cover art got better. They were riding on the monster craze that the late night TV monster movies and FM had fueled.

This is a favorite cover.

(Click on the image to the left for super detail)
Luckily in this day and age, we can click a link and download the entire albums as MP3s...which leads me to the reason of this post..
Check out theFRANKIE STEIN albums at Tiki Tim's Exotic Lounge.
If you gotta have them all once...check here at ROGER'S BASEMENT for the entire 5 album collection on a two CD set. Play them while giving out Halloween candy.


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