The Shaggs -- It's Halloween!


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They were the Jonas Brothers of the Swingin' 60's
Actually that isn't true at all. As far as we know the Jonas Brothers weren't forced by a somewhat overbearing father to reluctantly pursue a painful and talent-challenged musical career to fulfill some fortune teller's strange prophesy.

The Shaggs were.

Known today as the best worst rock band ever, the Shaggs were made up of the Wiggin sisters -- Dot, Helen, Betty and later Rachel. From 1968 through 1975, the Shaggs performed some of the most celebrated god-awful music in the history of humankind.

So bad it's kind of compelling
The Shaggs' music was so bad that, in its own way, it's endearing. What it lacked in tempo and tuning, it tried to make up for in both innocence and a brash audacity.

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Mistake? What mistake?
An engineer who worked the studio sessions for Philosophy of the World, their first album, reports that he was gobsmacked when in the middle of recording, one of the Shaggs stopped playing because she made a mistake. How, the engineer wondered, could she sort the mistakes out from the rest of it?

Their most famous release is their seasonal favorite, It's Halloween!

You can listen to it right here. Please note, there is no video in this YouTube clip except for the title slide.




Want to hear more from the Shaggs?
Sure you do, because the My Pal Foot Foot song and video are just too strange to miss.

And by the way, here's the lyrics to It's Halloween so you'll be all set for Karaoke night!

It's Halloween

It's Halloween
It's Halloween
Its time for scares
Its time for screams
It's Halloween
It's Halloween


The ghosts will spook
The spooks will scare
Why, even Dracula will be there

It's time for games
It's time for fun
Not for just one
But for everyone

The jack-o-lanterns are all lit up
All the dummies are made and stuffed
By just looking you will see
It's this time of year again

It's Halloween
It's Halloween

All the kids are happy and gay
There doesn't seem to be a cloud in their way
But when it's over and they've had all their fun
They'll wish that Halloween had just begun

Oh, there are witches, goblins, Frankensteins and zombies
And there are tramps, Cinderallas, pirates, angels and gypsies
So let's have lots of fun and give many cheers
For Halloween comes but once a year

It's time for games
It's time for fun
Not for just one
But for everyone

It's Halloween
It's Halloween
It's Halloween
It's Halloween

It's Halloween!