Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Elvira Presents Monster Hits

It's amazing what you can find at your favorite thrift store when you least expect it. I always hope to find some kind of treasure and my last visit was very productive. Elvira, Mistress of the Dark gained fame on Los Angeles television station KHJ wearing a black, gothic, cleavage-enhancing gown as host of Movie Macabre, a weekly horror movie presentation. The rest as they say is history. In the 80's and early 90's Elvira was everywhere and I for one did not complain a bit. In 1987 Elvira becomes the national spokesperson for Coor's Beer, making her the first female celebrity ever to endorse a beer product. In 1989 she became the spokesperson for Mug root beer. What I find funny is that even though she did a long-running series of Halloween-themed TV ads for Coors Light Beer and Mug Root Beer, her trademark cleavage was covered up for the beer commercials. ??? My how times change.

Elvira Presents Monster Hits was released in 1994 on CD and cassette. A too short but sweet 9 track set presented by the Mistress of the Dark. On two tracks she actually tries her hand at singing. On one track she duets with B-52's frontman Fred Schneider on the so-goofy-it's-great "Here Comes the Bride of Frankenstein" and even tries her hand at hip-hop on the pretty cool "Monsta Rap", a nice little ride through the monsters of the day. Maybe one of my favorite lines ever with "Freddy Krueger gives good glove." Of course it's out of print with copies going for 5 to 30 dollars, if you can find one. As synonymous with Halloween as Santa Claus is with Christmas, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has carved out a niche in popular American culture that is sure to endure for decades to come.

Monsta Rap
Here Comes the Bride of Frankenstein

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