Rob Zombie/White Zombie
2013: Studio album "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor" dropped containing a cover of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're An American Band." "I think for the first time this new album perfectly merges the old days of White Zombie with the future of what I am doing now," said Zombie. The lead single was "Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town."
2010: Zombie returned to his first love, comics. He announced Zombie Presents: Whatever Happened To Baron Von Shock?, with the first issue being a collaboration between Rob and comic artists Donny Hadiwidjaja and Val Staples. "This comic venture is very, very different in tone for me," wrote Zombie on his MySpace page. ". . . I wanted to create something that works more on a slice of life human level." There was also a joint Zombie/Alice Cooper tour in the works. Yes!
2009: Never one to miss the most important holiday of the year - Halloween - Zombie kicked off his "Hellbilly Deluxe 2" tour (named after the album) in Phoenix, AZ, two days before Halloween. It was the first time he'd hit the road under the "Hellbilly" moniker since the original "Hellbilly Deluxe" trek in '98.
2009: Rob Zombie's Halloween II was in theaters. But he lost a promo battle. The trailer he crafted was rejected by the studio (it later surfaced online). "[I] spent forever trying to craft something special and they're gonna market it like a generic piece of '80s slasher-movie s**t," complained Zombie.
2007: Zombie wrote, directed and produced the remake/reworking of Halloween, the '78 horror classic. Fellow horror director John Carpenter advised Zombie to "make [the film] his own." Zombie wisely heeded that advice adding original scenes. Critics panned the $15 million film but it grossed more than $80 million worldwide.
2007: "Zombie Live," a concert album (makes sense), was unfurled. The 18-track set was recorded during the '06 Educated Horses tour.
2006: Zombie's "Educated Horses" with "Foxy Foxy" and "The Devil's Rejects" was issued.
2005: Zombie directed The Devil's Rejects. His script was a tale of murder, mayhem and revenge. Perfect "date movie." It was the sequel to House Of 1,000 Corpses.
2003: The horror flick House Of 1,000 Corpses was released. Zombie's script named many characters after ones used by Groucho Marx. It was a simple tale of life in the Texas backwoods - inhabited by a sadistic backwater family of serial killers. There goes the neighborhood.
2003: White Zombie/Rob Zombie compilation album "Past, Present & Future" was released. It included new and unreleased material.
2001: Zombie's "Sinister Urge" arrived in stores containing "Never Gonna Stop" and "Feel So Numb."
1998: The morbidly funny single "Living Dead Girl" was from Zombie's "Hellbilly Deluxe" LP. The album, his first post-White Zombie effort, was a mega-seller.
1996: "Astro-Creep 2000: Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head" was unleashed. White Zombie performed "More Human Than Human" at the MTV Music Awards. They walked off with the Best Hard Rock Video award and also appeared on Letterman.
1993: White Zombie made their major label debut on Geffen Records with "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. I." The title pretty much covered it. Beavis and Butt-head got behind White Zombie and later in the year, "I'm In Hell" appeared on "The Beavis and Butt-head Experience" CD.
1989: Caroline Records signed White Zombie and released their first full-length CD "Soul Crusher" with John Rucci on guitar. Playing hard core primal Rock earned White Zombie a loyal underground cult following. This happened approximately two years after White Zombie's debut EP "Psycho Head Blowout" was released on Silent Explosion Records.
Rob Zombie Albums:
1998 Hellbilly Deluxe
2001 The Sinister Urge
2006 Educated Horses
2010 Hellbilly Deluxe 2
2013 Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
White Zombie Albums:
1989 Make Them Die Slowly
1992 La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1
1995 Astro Creep: 2000
Without Alice Cooper or KISS, Rob Zombie would likely never have existed. Cooper and Zombie share a ghoulish sense of humor and a taste for the macabre. There is a whacky, often cartoonish, over-the-top mentality driving the proceedings.
Like Cooper, Zombie fronted a band that carried his stage name (or a part of it). Eventually though, both ditched their groups and went solo with a fair amount of success. Cooper even managed to score big with ballads, including the dreadful "Only Women Bleed." At least Zombie hasn't fallen that far.
Zombie's genius is stunningly evident on "Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor." Add the single "Dead City Radio And The Now Gods Of Supertown" to the lexicon that includes "Thunder Kiss '65," "More Human Than Human" and "Living Dead Girl." Out right brilliant.
Even the 'toss off' tracks - the mystic eastern flavored "Theme For The Rat Vendor" and the Devo inspired "Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)" - are not to be missed. But more to the point, Zombie takes cheesy Metal and turns it into a full course meal.
"Hellbilly Deluxe" and "Hellbilly Deluxe II" clearly prove that Zombie is the master of the audio graphic comic book. He takes silly, off the wall or disturbing ideas and powers them with smack-down riffs, descending chord progressions, churn-and-burn rhythms and his own vocal drone which at times channels Alice Cooper's smart-ass ("Sick Bubble Gum" and "Death And Destiny Inside The Dream Factory"). Not surprising, the lyrics are equally graphic (profane). On the latter though, Zombie's best when he reins in the drama and just kicks it out on "What?," "Werewolf Baby" and "Werewolf Women Of The SS" (does he have a theme going here?).
"Educated Horses" could be called "pop Zombie." Sure, there's still the bleak and demonic but it is not as overt. Zombie's trademark techno-tinged cacophony is evident in "American Witch" and "Let It All Bleed Out" but on other tracks he charts a less intense but more rhythmical course. Muscular guitars lay down propulsive riffs on "The Devil's Rejects" and "Foxy Foxy." The latter sparked a controversy among the faithful. The song is undeniably catchy. Sneers of "selling out" were heard emanating from dark corners. But c'mon, Zombie is over 40 so maybe he just wants to have some empty headed fun. Even so, for the true Zombie experience seek out earlier recordings.
White Zombie's "La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume 1" ("Thunder Kiss '65" and "Black Sunshine") and "Astro Creep: Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head" ("More Human Than Human") are industrial Rock blasters in all their glory. They are the ones to get first. A notch down, "Sinister Urge" continues the pile-driving guitars and dense sound. There is even a Zombie duet with Ozzy Osbourne.
For those with any holes in their White Zombie/Rob Zombie collection "Past, Present and Future" fills the bill. The nineteen track set covers the highpoints and includes a killer unreleased version of "Two Lane Blacktop," a head-banger's delight (handclaps and all). The Commodores classic "Brick House" gets run through the Zombie Funk-Rock blender with help from former Commodore Lionel Richie. "Brick House 2003" is a game effort but it's a another Funk-Rocker, "Girl On Fire," that does the trick.