Matt Batchelor and Jodie Tanaka formed Morticia in 1985. They both shared a passion for alternative music and bad horror flicks. With musical influences The Damned, 45 Grave, Alice Cooper, The Runaways, Blondie and 60s icons The Doors. In 1986, they put out a 45 rpm on their own label Bat Records – “Zombie Love” B/W “You Scare Me to Death”. Enlisting the voice over of campy horror movie host Jake Esau (TV’s Count Dracula), the single debuted on the notorious Dr. Demento radio show before becoming a season standard on many Halloween programs and events.