Dr. Elmo, Dr. Elmo Sings The Boo’s

Madelyn Rosenberg

By Madelyn Rosenberg

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Think you've never heard of Elmo Shropshire? Wrong. The veterinarian turned comedy singer made it big in 1979 with "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and has lingered on the fringes of the American popular consciousness ever since. Here he brings his campy crooning to All Hallow's Eve. His voice isn't the greatest; his tunes aren't the freshest. "Redneck Dracula," for instance, is "Monster Mash," only with Dracula singing instead of Dr. Frankenstein, making it a parody of a parody. But his rhymes? Consider this, from that self-same "Redneck Dracula": “I drank her blood till I was full/then lost it all on the mechanical bull.” Or this, from "The Scariest Thing I'll Ever Do," which is about a marriage proposal: “I've noticed that her hiney/is a little Frankensteiny.” An unapologetic kazoo player, Dr. Elmo peppers his album liberally with sound effects and he considers global warming as scary as vampires. You know something? He's right.