I was never really a fan of Scholastic's book fair staple back during its heyday of the nineties, but I do see its appeal. We (and by "we" I mean residents of the United States) live in a culture where exposing children to horror and violence is seen by a good number of extremely paranoid and fussy adults as the way to Gehenna. A series of horror themed books aimed at a young audience is something that, for those tykes looking for something that was even theoretically scary would be an extremely attractive prospect (especially for those with fussy parents and no easy access to horror movies). Also I can't overstate the importance Tim Jacobus' artwork for the series, a combination of creepy and kid friendly that helped define the series, even if it was just through its covers.
But enough talking about book series I've never read, let's talk about the song itself. It's by a guy called Lemon Demon (real name Neil Cicierega, the guy behind Potter Puppet Pals) who you might recognize as the voice that sang Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny. I never really figured that the guy behind that had a music career beyond that, but there he is, looking like the younger brother of the guy playing Riddler on Gotham and weaving Goosebumps titles into the lyrics of a love song. Speaking of which, I gotta give props to the guy for his lyricism. Takes skill to weave other people's words into your own work, especially when those words are "Monster Blood II" and "The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight". Sure, the lines can read a little awkward, like the following:
Beneath The Haunted Mask I wear,
My eyes light up for you.
That reads like something a slightly pretentious teenager would write on his LiveJournal post circa 2005, but I see that as the strength of the song itself. The song is a simple song sung from the mindset not of some smug player faking sincerity or some weepy college student using his introverted nature to impress someone. He's tapping into that part of his psyche that remembers being a lonely twelve year old with a crush he just can't seem to talk to*. That he does this while paying tribute a a book series of his youth is nothing short of brilliant to me.
So give this a listen for yourself. Can't guarantee you'll be as enamored with it as I am, (I've listened to the song about 20 times in the last two days and I don't plan on stopping until I'm sick of it) but I will guarantee that it will tickle the sort of nostalgic chord for those who were there and paying attention during that brief flash of pop cult history, when almost everybody was up fr a scare.
* It's either that or Cicierega has a very vivid imagination and was able to recreate a person with that kind of mindset.