Since I reviewed the Misfits’ new Horror Xmas EP earlier today, today’s Xmas tune is their cover of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. It’s a fun one, even though they leave out the last couple of verses. Fun fact: Though the credits of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! simply say “the sounds of the Grinch are by Boris Karloff. . .and read by Boris Karloff too!”, there are several other voices in the special. Though Karloff did indeed voice the Grinch and narrate the story, it was Thurl Ravenscroft who sprechsang the now-classic put-down of the title character. You may also remember Ravenscroft as the voice of Tony the Tiger in the Frosted Flakes commercials, or as Kirby the vacuum cleaner in The Brave Little Toaster, or singing “No Dogs Allowed” in Snoopy, Come Home. He also voiced various characters in attractions at Disneyland and Disney World, including the broken singing bust in the Haunted Mansion which bears his likeness (often mistaken for Walt Disney’s).
You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch
You really are a heel
You’re as cuddly as a cactus, charming as an eel
You’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel
You’re a monster, Mr. Grinch
Your heart’s an empty hole
Your brain is full of spiders, you’ve got garlic in your soul
I wouldn’t touch you with a 39½ foot pole
You’re a vile one, Mr. Grinch
You have termites in your smile
You have all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile
Between the two of you, I’d take the seasick crocodile
You’re a foul one, Mr. Grinch
You’re a nasty wasty skunk
Your heart is full of unwashed socks, your soul is full of gunk
The three best words that best describe you: Stink! Stank! Stunk!
Stink! Stank! Stunk!