Make horrid scars and gashes.

3.13.2006

Children Of The Night "Dinner With Drac!" (Pickwick, PIP-6822, 1976)

No relation to the 1958 John Zacherle hit, this collection of 1970's "Rock & Roll" songs tells the story of a big party at Count Dracula's house and comes across a bit like the plot of Mad Monster Party as done by imitators of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein in the process. The between song skits have a pretty cut-rate vibe throughout (Dracula sounds remarkably like Dan Ackroyd doing his SNL Yortuk Festrunk "Wild & Crazy Guy" character, The Mummy introduces himself with the lyrics to the Bob McFadden & Dor single "The Mummy"), and there's a period charm lurking under the music that makes me want to hear the story behind the band that was actually playing (I couldn't dig up much, but the album cover designer -- looks like he also wrote "Dracula's Undying Love" -- later did work for the likes of David Sanborn & Peter Tosh, and one arranger went on to become "Senior Vice-President, Marketing and Branch Operations for BMG Distribution"). The whole thing feels a bit more like a licensed pickup job rather than something developed in-house, and from my own consumer experience I'd say that this record never got the distribution of previous Pickwick horror albums (made by a completely different team; links here, here & here), but hey -- maybe I was just always looking in the little kid's section. This is clearly music for pre-teens.

UPDATE: Pulled from the comment section is this info from Hamhead

"I KNEW A GUY WHO WAS THEIR ROADIE!!!! Their manager lived across the street from him, no shite!! They were based in Hollywood, Florida in the early 80's.

From what I was told......
they were sued by Zacherly for using the "Children Of The Night" name since Zacherly somehow registered the phrase, the band changed their name to "The Monsters". This roadie guy (who used to come to my old job at a record store I managed and hang out insessivly) used to tell me about what a asshole the Dracula guy is and how he wanted to beat him up all the time, he used to burn reefer with the Wolfman. The Monsters were the house band at the Gold Coast roller rink in Pembroke Pines for years (which is now a furniture store), they also did kids birthday parties and Bar Mitzvahs. I used to joke about them playing Circus Playhouse, the kiddie pizzaria if the Gold Coast closed. I heard them once and that was enough. They broke up sometime in 1986 when the Gold Coast closed down. - M.A."




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33 Comments:

Blogger Stephen said...

Crazy stuff. Thanks for all of the research on these albums - it puts it into perspective while listening to them!

3/13/2006 11:44 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

speaking of zacherly, any chance you will be posting any of this stuff, I've always wanted to hear it. Thanks.

3/13/2006 11:56 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

Probably not since so much of it is in print still (& since the always excellent Zombie Astronaut already did such a great post here)

3/13/2006 4:23 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John Zacherley has a NEW CD out! I've been lucky enough to speak to him by phone and he's a grand guy. I hope readers of Scar Stuff's great blog will purchase one at

http://www.zacherley.com/store.htm

Max the drunken severed head

3/13/2006 5:48 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fanfrickintastic!!! I love you, in the most heterosexual way possible!!!

I LOVE the Monster Tunes!!

Darn I was hoping ZA had the other Zach Monster Mash Album, those few odd tunes on that one are the only Zach tunes I need.

This one

http://www.endlessgroove.com/issue2/horrorn9.jpg

Have you picked up Zach's new album?? Internment for Two?? If so haow is it?

Dr.Terror

3/13/2006 5:49 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Darnit!! ZA links are down..I really wanted that first Milton DeLugg album too..

Dr.Terror

3/13/2006 6:01 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Terror--

Zach's new CD is wonderful, of course! What else could it be?

By the way, I have the "Children of the Night" LP, and a SECOND one done by this same group, without using the "Children of the Night" name, but in the same costumes. I can't get to my vinyl collection at the moment, but it's titled "Monsters" and is NOT Pickwick, as I recall. The music is also aimed at a slightly older audience and is a little better, from what I remember.

Max, the drunken severed head

3/13/2006 6:25 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Terror--

I can provide you with the Zach Monster Mash and Milton DeLugg stuff.
You can reach me at the Universal Monster Army yahoo! group (don't wish to post my email address here.)

Max the drunken severed head

3/13/2006 6:39 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it! Thanks for the great horror posts. I am waiting for the "Evening with boris karloff and friends" lp...can't wait. Thanks for the hard work, there are folks out there who reaslly appreciate it!!!

3/13/2006 8:22 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is ol'Boris for you anonymous.

If I can fill some requests I will.


http://rapidshare.de/files/15452150/boris_karloff___friends.zip.html

MAX check you YAHOO mail.

Dr.Terror

3/13/2006 8:45 PM

 
Blogger Hamhead said...

I KNEW A GUY WHO WAS THEIR ROADIE!!!! Their manager lived across the street from him, no shite!! They were based in Hollywood, Florida in the early 80's.

From what I was told......
they were sued by Zacherly for using the "Children Of The Night" name since Zacherly somehow registered the phrase, the band changed their name to "The Monsters". This roadie guy (who used to come to my old job at a record store I managed and hang out insessivly) used to tell me about what a asshole the Dracula guy is and how he wanted to beat him up all the time, he used to burn reefer with the Wolfman. The Monsters were the house band at the Gold Coast roller rink in Pembroke Pines for years (which is now a furniture store), they also did kids birthday parties and Bar Mitzvahs. I used to joke about them playing Circus Playhouse, the kiddie pizzaria if the Gold Coast closed. I heard them once and that was enough. They broke up sometime in 1986 when the Gold Coast closed down. - M.A.

3/13/2006 9:31 PM

 
Blogger Ben T. said...

Damn Jason! You're posting all the stuff I was going to put up next October!

next, I bet you're going to scoop me on Robbie The Werewolf, The Groovie Goolies, and Winsome Witch, and Spike Jones in Stereo!


aaaargh!

3/14/2006 12:43 AM

 
Anonymous pilitrafa said...

etoy completamente seguro que vos sos DIOS...

3/14/2006 7:09 AM

 
Blogger Jason said...

So much great info here -- I had no clue about the second album & would love to hear it. The post from Hamhead was especially full of amazing stuff; thanks a lot.

I'll also be posting the Boris Karloff LP on the main page eventually, but for now the rapidshare link is great way to snag it (and it looks like this is a copy of my rip).

...and sorry Ben! Heh, I actually WAS planning on a few of those but I'm more than happy to hold off (& if it makes you feel any better I was ALL SET to post that great Justice League LP when you did -- one of my all-time faves from childhood!). Everyone go check it out, and be sure to pester him into ripping this record!

3/14/2006 7:46 AM

 
Blogger Ben T. said...

I could swear somebody posted The Monster Christmas Mash over on FaLaLa.com after you asked for it, but on a different thread.

I know I downloaded it. If I can't find an active link over there, I'll repost the zip I have.

3/14/2006 9:15 AM

 
Blogger Ben T. said...

Yeah, Dinsdale Kringle (the guy at Senses Working Overtime) had posted it, but he deleted it from rapidshare after the holidays, i guess.

I'm uploading it now, and will post a link at "These records are BenT" before I go to work.

3/14/2006 9:23 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the Jason who requested Monster Xmas over at Fa La La.

Dr. Terror

3/14/2006 11:04 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting the Boris, but i can't get the whole address to download it. Can you please post the address again, it is cut of in the message..

Thanks!!!!

3/14/2006 12:04 PM

 
Blogger Ben T. said...

I was just razzing you, Jason. you're free to post whatever you want when you want. In fact, If you have the original vinyl of "Robbie The Werewolf", I'd love to hear it. I have a Japanese-made CD re-issue of it, and the tracks aren't in the same order as they're listed on the album cover scan. Plus, I'd like to acquire a cleaner copy of "The Groovie Goolies" than the one I have.

3/14/2006 9:30 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://rapidshare.de/files/15452150

/boris_karloff___friends.zip.html


You should be able to highlight the part of the link in the other message, even though it cuts off, but here it is split in half for you.


Dr.Terror

3/14/2006 10:41 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Terror,
Thanks for the link, it is awesome!!!!!!

3/15/2006 2:48 AM

 
Blogger Dave said...

Dr. Terror--

I can provide you with the Zach Monster Mash and Milton DeLugg stuff.
You can reach me at the Universal Monster Army yahoo! group (don't wish to post my email address here.)

Max the drunken severed head


I went to this Yahoo Forum looking for this Max. Don't see his name on the members list. Does anyone have the files to these 2 LPs? If so please click on my Name on this post, and let me know at my blog. Thanks!

3/26/2006 11:32 PM

 
Anonymous Dave said...

This LP is on ebay right now for anyone wanting one.

3/30/2006 1:37 PM

 
Anonymous DrDespicable said...

Spike Jones in STEREO?! That's another one I used to sit and stare at the picture of in the back of FM magazine - Please tell me it's going to appear here someday? Please?

4/28/2006 1:11 AM

 
Blogger Johnny Roberts said...

Thx a lot mate for this...
J.R.

6/14/2006 10:47 AM

 
Anonymous Richard said...

Thank You so very much for all the great,great post,I`m able to relive some great memories.

10/13/2007 10:01 AM

 
Blogger Fritz die Spinne said...

was looking for some info--thanks. I actually have the LP and some singles--including an acetate test pressing 7"

6/05/2009 11:01 PM

 
Anonymous Fabulons said...

Hi - I know some of these are older posts, but I just found this. For those of you with questions or comments about The Children of the Night and Monsters, I was the Wolfman character on both of those lps, and in the band from it's inception. I was also involved with writing some of the songs and the dialogue on the COTNight lp. I'd love to answer any questions, and can't believe people even have these records! We also release 6 45's. Enjoyed readind the posts, Richie

9/25/2009 8:53 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if you lived in amityville in the early 1970's you would know that this band was from farmingdale long island and the drummer richie benjamin's father owned a club where they played called "the daisy". you might have heard that name before as it was where the band kiss first played. we had a lot of fun with kiss and the children band. at the time the sax players name was harpo, and jeff black was drac. frank fenelli on lead gutair. they all might still be in florida where they moved to. wow those were the days. even though they didn't make it big they were a great bunch of guys and they had a lot of fun..lou gabrielson

11/30/2009 3:16 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey richie how are you. i think of your dad often and how great he treated us kids. say hey to patty for me. i go by your old house a lot since my in laws live across the street. damn how did we get this old. lou

11/30/2009 3:22 PM

 
Anonymous Fabulons said...

Hi Lou - I know you left this post a few months ago - thanks for the posting about the band, club - etc - you have your info down pretty good. A lot of people think they have the inside scoop, but few know the truth. Well, we tried hard!! Regards, Richie, and yes I am in S. Florida, celebrating my band The Fabulons 25th anniversary this year.

3/25/2010 11:39 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was the bass player for a short time. The guitar player, Jeff, was a good guy (I'm not sure where the negative comments come from), as were the rest (including Patty, the manager). They had a light man named Bobby when I was in the band. I joined right before the move to Florida.

9/13/2010 8:07 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I grew up next to frank fanelli sr. In farmingdale. Frank jr.s nephew turned me on to the track "transylvania" which i have probably been humming incorrectly for the last 34 years

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