Dr. Elmo Halloween
Halloween is a musical nightmare. And Dr. Elmo, the wacky, off-kilter wit responsible for the megaplatinum Christmas favorite, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," is ready to save the night. But before we give you an unusual song-and-dance about his new Halloween CD,let's briefly investigate the nature of this alleged Halloween nightmare. Kids and adults clearly love Halloween. And what's not to love about a holiday that involves playing dress-up and eating candy, without the annoyances of buying presents or attending family dinners? Halloween is the third biggest party night of the year in the United States (following New Year's Eve and Dr. Elmo's Birthday), yet there is only one song on the entire holiday play list, "The Monster Mash." One might be tempted to play this venerable hit in a continuous loop through the season of tricks and treats, but mental health experts strongly advise against this practice. Enough piffle and foo-foo, let's cut to the chase and get to the point of this press release. Dr. Elmo (the nom de nonsense of Elmo Shropshire, DVM, an otherwise mild-mannered singer, songwriter, bluegrass musician and veterinarian) rescued Christmas 26 years ago from a mushy diet of Andy Williams, Bing Crosby and Ray Conniff, when he released the outrageously iconoclastic "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." Dr. Elmo's perennially popular "Grandma" has become the most requested holiday song in history, while selling more than 10 million copies. And now, with the release of 'Dr. Elmo, Halloween" he has eleven rousing new Halloween songs to ease the burden on the "The Monster Mash." "Dr. Elmo Halloween" will appeal to adults and kids, with songs capturing the wacky, hilarious sensibilities of "Grandma." One song that jumps off the CD is "Redneck Dracula." Who else but Dr. Elmo would set Count Dracula down in a redneck bar in Kentucky and confront him with a litany of horrors, including Wrestlemania (rhymed in the song with Transylvania), NASCAR, big hair, gun racks and chicken-fried steak? With songs like "The Fly," "Texas Chainsaw Halloween" and "Pointy, the Pyramid Pumpkin," Dr. Elmo's new Halloween CD will provide a perfect soundtrack for the scariest night of the year.