- Frankenstein (song)
Name = Frankenstein
Artist = Edgar Winter
from Album =
They Only Come Out at Night
Released = 1973
Instrumental rock Blues-rock Synth rock Hard rock
Length = 4:44
Chart position =
- #1 (U. S.
Billboard Hot 100)
Last single =
This single =
Next single =
Misc = Extra tracklisting
They Only Come Out at Night
Type = studio
prev_track = "We All Had A Real Good Time"
prev_no = Track 9
this_track = "Frankenstein"
track_no = Track 10
next_no = "Frankenstein" is a rock instrumental by
The Edgar Winter Groupfrom their album " They Only Come Out At Night". In live performances of the song, Edgar Winter further pioneered the advancement of the synthesizer as a lead instrument by becoming the first person ever to strap a keyboard instrument around his neck, giving him the on-stage mobility and audience interaction of guitar players. The song topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100chart for a week starting in May 1973, and sold over one million copies. It was knocked out of the #1 spot by Paul McCartney's "My Love." "Frankenstein" reached #18 in the UK the following month. [Rock Movers & Shakers by Dafydd Rees & Luke Crampton, 1991 Billboard Books.]
The song's title, coined by the band's drummer Chuck Ruff, is derived from the fact that the original recording of the song was much longer then the final version, as the band would often deviate from the arrangement into less structured jams. The track required numerous edits to shorten it. The end result was literally pieced together from many different sections of recording tape through the use of a razor blade and splicing tape. Winter frequently refers to the appropriateness of the name also in relation to its "monster-like, lumbering beat". (One riff was first used by Winter on his jazz-oriented debut album "Entrance" in the song "Hung Up". He later tried a variation on it, "Martians" from the "Standing on Rock" album.) Winter played many of the instruments on the track, including keyboards, saxophone, and timbales. As the release's only instrumental cut, the song was not initially intended to be on the album, and was only included on a whim as a last-minute addition. It was originally released as the B-side to "Hangin' Around", but the two were soon reversed by the label when disc jockeys nationwide were inundated with phone calls and realized this was the hit. The song features a "double" drum solo (Ruff on drums and Winter on percussion). In fact, the working title of the song was "The Double Drum Solo." [Morse, Tim. "Classic Rock Stories: The Stories Behind the Greatest Songs of All Time" (c) 1998 Tim Morse.]
The song was actually performed three years previously when Edgar was playing with his older brother
Johnny Winterat the Royal Albert Hallin 1970. This rare recording was recently released as one of several live bonus tracks included in the two disc Deluxe Edition CD of Johnny Winter's " Second Winter".
* The original version of the song was much longer, but due to the editing of the master, this version is no longer extant; however, a live recording of the full version of the song from
CalJam'74 exists which runs 8:54. Listening to this version points out where the edits were made in the hit version; this track was released on a bootleg CD entitled " Rick DerringerOwes Me Money". There is also a version which runs for 9:12 recorded in the UK in 1973 for the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test.
* A digitized version of the song serves as the opening to
* The song was played at many
Phishconcerts, including the "New Year's Eve 1995 - Live at Madison Square Garden" show.
* The song was frequently played during the encore at many
They Might Be Giantsconcerts in the 1990s.
* The song can be found in
Harmonix's 2005 PlayStation 2 music video game"Guitar Hero", and later released as a part of a 3-song pack via Xbox Livefor the Xbox 360title " Guitar Hero II" on April 11, 2007. Strangely, the player will in addition to the guitar-based sections have to play the saxophoneand synthesizerparts of the song in order to complete it, a conception that quickly makes it one of the harder songs in the game(s).
* The song was featured in an episode of "
The Simpsons" entitled " Homerpalooza" and hummed in the episode Homer Defined.
* The song was also featured in an episode of "
The Simpsons" entitled " Crook and Ladder"" in which Homer was acting like a zombie.
* The song was played in an episode of the NBC show
My Name Is Earlwhere Earl starts a band.
* The song was played at the beginning of the movie "
Wayne's World 2".
* The song was featured in the video game Forza Motorsport. Although slightly edited, it was included in the games classic rock based soundtrack created by
* This song was covered by the Brass Funk and Jazz Rock group Bonerama, from
New Orleans, Louisiana.
* The song can be heard blaring from
Pauly Shore's headphones in the film Encino Man
Derek Sherinianrecorded a cover of the song on his 2001 album, Inertia.
* The band Overkill did a metal-version of the song on their album "Horrorscope".
* To imply that something is cool, MTV's
Beavis and Buttheadoften mouth-guitar the lead guitar hook from this song.
* This was the entrance music used by 911 in ECW.
* This song was covered by the
Massachusettsborn guitarist Gary Hoey.
* Jazz Bassist
Marcus Millercovered the song on his 2005 album Silver Rain.
* This was the entrance music of the
Heavenly Bodiestag team in Smoky Mountain Wrestling.
* The song in Featured in the Movie Detroit Rock City.
* The song is a staple of many college marching bands including USC's marching band, and the
UC Davis California Aggie Marching Band-uh!.
* The song has been used in the recent ads for the movie
Strange Wildernessstarring Steve Zahn.
*The song is featured in the [http://splendad.com/ads/show/1611-Panasonic-Toughbook-Legally Panasonic Toughbook commercial] .
Other songs with this name
*A 1973 song was featured on the debut album by the pioneering pre-punk band, the
New York Dolls.
hard rockband Clutch also has a song titled "Frankenstein" on the 2001 album " Pure Rock Fury".
hard rockband Iced Earthhas a song titled Frankenstein on the 2001 album Horror Show.
horrorcoreduo Twiztidhas a song titled Frankenstein. The song also features Colton Grundy off of their 2003 release The Green Book
*Violent J of
Insane Clown Possehas a song titled Frankenstein, featured on DJ Clay's 2008 mixtape
- #1 (U. S.
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