Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites


About Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" is a song by American electronic dance music producer Skrillex. It was released as the lead single from his second EP of the same name. It uses a vocal sample of exclamations from Rachael Nedrow (also known as "speedstackinggirl") shouting "Yes, oh my gosh!", after speedily stacking a set of cups in one of her YouTube videos. On October 3, 2013, the song was certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with sales exceeding 2,000,000 units. It was also certified Gold within Canada, with sales exceeding 40,000 units. On February 12, the song won Best Dance Recording at the 54th Grammy Awards. It was used in the 2012 film Spring Breakers and an ad for GoPro titled "Kayak Kiss with Ben Brown", and also the video games MLB 2K12 and Ridge Racer Unbounded. The song name was inspired by the David Bowie album and song Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). A scientific study demonstrates that the song could provide protection against mosquito bites. A study found that "female mosquitoes exposed to the song Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites attacked hosts much later than their non-exposed peers." Although this observation at first glance is humorous, it indicates that repetitive tones (a signature of "Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites") can serve as a more environmentally friendly means of pest control (versus pesticides). The song was remixed by a variety of producers such as Zedd, Noisia, Kaskade among others. 


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Look at this
I'm a coward too
You don't need to hide, my friend
For I'm just like you

Yes, oh my god

Look at this
I'm a coward too
You don't need to hide, my friend
For I'm just like you

Yes, oh my god

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Sonny John Moore (born January 15, 1988), better known by his stage name Skrillex, is an American electronic musician and singer-songwriter. Raised in Northeast Los Angeles and in Northern California, Moore joined the American post-hardcore band From First to Last as the lead singer in 2004, and recorded two studio albums with the band (Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has a Body Count, 2004, and Heroine, 2006) before leaving to pursue a solo career in 2007. He began his first tour as a solo artist in late 2007. After recruiting a new band lineup, Moore joined the Alternative Press Tour to support bands such as All Time Low and The Rocket Summer, and appeared on the cover of Alternative Press' annual "100 Bands You Need to Know" issue. more »

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Written by: Sonny Moore, Anton Zaslavski

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11 facts about this song

Musical Style
"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" encapsulates Skrillex's distinctive style with elements of dubstep, electro house, and electronic dance music genres.
The song was first released as the lead single from Skrillex's second EP of the same name in October 2010 through Big Beat Records and mau5trap recordings.
Title Inspiration
The name of the song and the EP was derived from David Bowie's 1980 album "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)." Skrillex, whose real name is Sonny Moore, has professed to being a big fan of Bowie.
Vocal Sample
The song incorporates samples, particular the phrase "Yes, oh my god!" from a YouTube video of cup stacking from speed stacker Rachel Nedrow.
Grammy Award
"Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" won the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording in 2012; this was Skrillex's first Grammy win.
Commercial Success
As of September 2012, the song has sold over 2 million copies in the United States, earning a double platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Mosquito Research
A group of scientists discovered that the song has an effect on mosquitoes. The female Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue fever, was reportedly less likely to bite or reproduce when exposed to the song.
Sound Creation
Skrillex has revealed that he used the digital audio workstation, Ableton Live, to create the song.
Pop Culture Impact
The song has appeared in popular culture numerous times, being featured in films such as "Spring Breakers" and in soundtracks for video games like "MLB: The Show."
The song has been remixed by several artists and producers, including Noisia, Phonat, and Kaskade, extending its influence and popularity in electronic music.
Music Video
The song's official music video, released in February 2011, gained popularity for its combination of abstract imagery and intense animation.

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