While Halloween novelty songs can be more hokey than scary, Run the Jewels and Stephen Colbert’s new “The Halloween Wiggle” song takes things into decidedly naughtier territory for their The Late Show With Stephen Colbert skit.
Colbert introduces the segment as an “instant holiday classic.” The host plays it straight with his parts on the song. In the clip, he wears a Halloween-themed sweater and is surrounded by goofy ghosts as he sings a more “Monster Mash”-styled tune while miming his cutesy lyrics and doing a wiggle dance.
But things don’t stay squeaky clean for long. Run the Jewels’ Killer Mike and El-P join in with their funny sexual innuendo verses over a more foreboding soundtrack. Killer Mike warns, “This ain’t your daddy’s ‘Monster Mash.'” Surrounded by twerking brides of Frankenstein, the pair trade adult-themed verses. Killer Mike spits “Spread your cobwebs and arch your back/ And I’m a stick my hand down your candy sack” and El-P raps that he’ll “make you bite on your pillow like it’s a marshmallow.”
Run the Jewels recently debuted new song “Talk to Me” from their forthcoming LP Run the Jewels 3.