A fictional studio creation designed to profit off the "Monster Kid" generation of the early 1960's. The Frankie Stein formula was as simple as it was brilliant; cool low budget horror cover art, creepy sounding song names with a suggested dance listing after the title ("Hully Gully, Frug"), and spooky sound effects laid on top of the actual music (which was a potpourri of twist & beat numbers that sometimes had frightful compositional overtones & sometimes didn't).
TasseltoesOctober 5, 2018
All five of the Frankie Stein & His Ghouls albums were released in both mono and true stereo, surprisingly enough for a budget label in the mid-1960s. Certain songs are repeated across the five Frankie Stein & His Ghouls LPs, although there are always some differences. Sometimes, it's the same basic track with different sound effects, or a harmonica solo instead of a sax solo. Other times, it's the same chord progression but a different recording entirely. The only place songwriting credits appear is on the "Weerdo the Wolf" single, where the A side is credited to Dewey Bergman, and the flip, "Goon River," is credited to Joe Thomas. Also, some of these songs were released on other "party records" without the sound effects, and were not credited to Frankie Stein. Synthetic Plastics Company (SPC), the parent company of Power Records, Diplomat Records, Peter Pan Records, and others, really knew how to maximize their return on their investment! But don't get me wrong: all the Frankie Stein LPs are great fun, and pretty damn good!