Owens released "Monsters' Holiday" in 1974 and it ended up becoming one of his last big solo hits. After his longtime guitarist Don Rich died in a July 1974 motorcycle accident, Owens began to relinquish creative control to producers. As a result, his music began to sound more like country-pop than his hard-edged Bakersfield sound, which was originally a reaction against over-produced Nashville records.
"Monster's Holiday" still rocks with Owens' signature Bakersfield style, though: electric and stripped-down with a big drum beat. These monsters are hardcore honky-tonkin' Californians, through and through! In case of confusion, this "Monsters' Holiday" is not the same-named 1962 Christmas follow-up to "The Monster Mash" by Bobby Boris Pickett and the Crypt Kickers. These monsters aren't decorating a tree or making a wishlist, they're on a West Coast rampage!