A band composition, this song was spearheaded by Roman Jugg, who joined The Damned in 1981. In a Songfacts interview with lead singer David Vanian
, he explained that when they were kids, they saw British cartoons in newspapers like TV Comic
. Said Vanian: "There was a version, which was obviously completely ripped off from The Addams Family
, that had a character called Grimly Feendish, who looked like Uncle Fester, complete with the bald head, but he had fangs and bats would fly out of his mouth. So Roman and I had been talking about this stuff for a while, and we wrote a song about it."