Yeeeah, muthafuckas! Emo-muthafuckin’-clew to another installment of the All-Star Series, the mother.fucking.Rob.Zombie Edition! Can you fuckin’ believe I haven’t done one for him yet? Man, I don’t know if I’m just gettin’ senile or what, but fuck, I should’ve made this shit like a decade ago. To the best of my recollection, I never had any particular reason for not doing it. Ah fuckin’ well, at least it’s here now! Speaking of now, now, let me tell y’all that Rob Zombie has been a major influence on me since fucking 3rd grade. Seriously, I was actually recommended for psychiatric evaluation because I would come into school blasting La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 on my Walkman. Well, that was likely one of a number of reasons, but still. What 3rd grader do you know of who’d even be into shit like that?
Honestly though, it wasn’t so much the lyrical content that drove my enthusiasm as it was just the groove of the music. The rhythm was fuckin’ infectious, and I was helpless against its hypnotic power, haha. You’re gonna be hearing a LOT of that album on this edition. Actually, the entire album save for one little interlude track. Yeah, the entire fuckin’ album is awesome. Same goes for Astro-Creep: 2000 and Hellbilly Deluxe. I’d even throw in Sinister Urge. After that is where the quality wavers, in my opinion. All the releases since then have had some great fuckin’ tracks, don’t get me wrong, but they’re not flawless and instantly memorable from start to finish the way those earlier albums are. Maybe it’s nostalgia bias, but I doubt I’m the only one who thinks that.
I should note that I’m not really including much from the super early albums from the 80s, the remix albums, live stuff, etc. The stuff from before La Sexorcisto is exceptionally challenging, even for me, and I’ve been a fan for 30 fucking years. The production value is much lower, much like you’d expect from demos, and I dunno; maybe I’ve just been spoiled by the more polished material. I’m sure there’s plenty to appreciate in the old stuff, but I haven’t found it yet. Any of you who might be curious can find all that early material on the Let Sleeping Corpses Lie compilation. Hell, maybe having higher quality digital files would make a substantial difference. Certainly wouldn’t be the first time.
The remix albums, well, they’re fine. If I were to rank them, I’d say American Made is 1st, Mondo Sex Head is 2nd, and Supersexy would be 3rd. The thing is though that a lot of the remixes don’t particularly improve on the original tracks. Like, a lot of ‘em are just… there. Again, they’re fine, but I’m far more likely to just opt for the originals. As far as live stuff, same shit, basically. It’s so, so rare that I’ll go for a live version over the studio version. Heilung’s live version of Krigsgaldr is pretty much the only one that comes to mind with the exception of some live Manson tracks, and I can’t listen to Manson anymore.
So, typically what I do for these All-Star editions is I dig deep into the artists’ discography to find rare shit, but there really wasn’t much digging to be done in this case. Rob doesn’t really do guest vocals very often. He did some with Alice Cooper, and I’ve been pretty indifferent towards him since middle school or so. It seems weird to me that I’d be indifferent to Alice Cooper considering how I dress and the other types of music I listen to, but I dunno. Neither here nor there. So yeah, I already knew most of the soundtrack appearances between White Zombie and Rob Zombie, and a good portion of them were just remixes and/or originals that are widely available elsewhere.
I will mention something curious I noticed in compiling this. The first track of American Made is a remix of Dragula called the “Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare” mix, and it’s identical to the “Hot Rod Herman” mix that appeared on the first Matrix soundtrack and a number of singles prior to its re-release on American Made. No idea why Charlie Clouser decided to change the name, but what-the-fuck-ever. Also, I ought to mention that although I adore Crosses, their remix of Dragula on Mondo Sex Head was… meh. Not terrible or anything, just really underwhelming. Ah well. Actually, funny story about Hellbilly Deluxe. I got that CD for free from some skateboarding shop in a mall by my house ‘cause the guys there weren’t into it, and they said I looked like I’d be into it. Well, golly gee, fellas, you’re fuckin’ right! I was fuckin’ psyched, ‘cause I think the copy they gave me was an advance promo copy. Not sure if I still have it, but yeah.
ALSO also, I ought to mention that it was at my first Rob Zombie show back in 2002 that I first got into mosh pitting. I had some pretty horrid vitriol left in me after an exceptionally bad breakup, and man, between that and the fuckin’ fantastic tunes… Yeah, I had to throw these hands around a bit. That’s where I first discovered the catharsis of moshing, and perverts, I can’t adequately express how grateful I am for that revelation. To be frank, mosh pits have helped me purge some of my deepest darkness, especially Otep pits. I absolutely tear myself open at Otep shows. I’m sure many can understand the cathartic potential of moshing, even if only theoretically. ALSO also also, it was at that Rob Zombie show that I was blessed to see & hear Blood, Milk & Sky performed. Perverts, that might very well be my favorite track Rob Zombie has ever written. We have that one to look forward to around the end.
Motherfuckers, I could yammer the fuck on for another hour at least. I have so many memories and anecdotes tied to so many of these jams, and this edition is absolutely crammed with fucktacularity. Like, overflowing right from the first few notes, and there’s almost 5 hours to keep y’all occupied. What’d’ya say I shut my stupid piehole so we can all yojne already? Sound good?
With that, I wish you all the merriest of yojnes, especially as we kick off this spoopy season with one of the spoopiest motherfuckers in existence. Yojne!
01 White Zombie - Feed The Gods (from Airheads OST) [00:04:29]
02 Otis - Dr. Satan (from House of 1000 Corpses OST) [00:08:18]
03 White Zombie - I’m Your Boogieman (from The Crow: City of Angels OST) [00:08:35]
04 White Zombie - Electric Head: The Agony (Pt. 1) (from Astro-Creep: 2000) [00:12:54]
05 Rob Zombie - Call Of The Zombie (from Hellbilly Deluxe) [00:17:48]
06 Rob Zombie - Superbeast (from Hellbilly Deluxe) [00:18:19]
07 Rob Zombie - Sawdust in the Blood (from Educated Horses) [00:21:56]
08 White Zombie - Welcome To Planet Motherfucker/Psychoholic Slag (from La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1) [00:23:13]
09 Rob Zombie - Sinners Inc. (from The Sinister Urge) [00:29:27]
10 Rob Zombie - Demon Speeding (from The Sinister Urge) [00:30:31]
11 White Zombie - Super-Charger Heaven (from Astro-Creep: 2000) [00:34:12]
12 Meg Foster - Open Wide The Gates (from The Lords Of Salem OST) [00:37:47]
13 White Zombie - I Am Hell (from Beavis And Butt-Head Experience) [00:37:47]
14 Malcolm McDowell - These Are The Eyes (from Halloween OST) [00:43:13]
15 Rob Zombie & The Ghastly Ones - Halloween (She Gets So Mean) (from Halloween Hootenanny) [00:43:45]
16 White Zombie - Knuckle Duster (Radio 1-A) (from La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1) [00:46:34]
17 White Zombie - Thunder Kiss ’65 (from La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1) [00:46:58]
18 Rob Zombie - Teenage Nosferatu Pussy (from Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor) [00:50:50]
19 White Zombie - Children Of The Grave (from Nativity In Black - A Tribute To Black Sabbath) [00:55:19]
20 Rob Zombie - Shake Your Ass-Smoke Your Grass (from The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy) [01:01:05]
21 Rob Zombie w/ Howard Stern - The Great American Nightmare (from Private Parts OST) [01:04:14]
22 Rob Zombie - Let It All Bleed Out (Document One Remix) (from Mondo Sex Head (Deluxe)) [01:08:06]
23 White Zombie - Black Sunshine (feat. Iggy Pop) (from La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1) [01:12:42]
24 Rob Zombie - Dragula (from Hellbilly Deluxe) [01:17:24]
25 Rob Zombie - Dead Girl Superstar (from The Sinister Urge) [01:21:06]
26 Rob Zombie - Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga (from Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor) [01:23:32]
27 Rob Zombie - The Triumph of King Freak (A Crypt of Preservation and Superstition) (from The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy) [01:26:46]
28 Otis - This Is Insane (from The Devil’s Rejects OST) [01:30:50]
29 Rob Zombie - Scum of the Earth (from The Sinister Urge) [01:31:01]
30 Rob Zombie - The Eternal Struggles of the Howling Man (from The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy) [01:33:55]
31 Rob Zombie - Revelation Revolution (from Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor) [01:38:09]
32 White Zombie - Real Solution #9 (from Astro-Creep: 2000) [01:41:19]
33 White Zombie - Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks & Cannibal Girls (from Beavis And Butt-Head Do America OST) [01:45:54]
34 Rob Zombie - Reload (from The Matrix Reloaded (Disc 1)) [01:49:43]
35 Rob Zombie - Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy) (from The Sinister Urge) [01:54:05]
36 White Zombie - Creature Of The Wheel (from Astro-Creep: 2000) [01:57:12]
37 White Zombie - Soul Crusher (from La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1) [02:00:35]
38 Rob Zombie - How To Make A Monster (Kitty's Purrrrformance Mix) (from American Made Music To Strip By) [02:05:38]
39 Rob Zombie - Sick Bubble Gum (from Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool) [02:09:39]
40 White Zombie - The One (from Escape From L.A. OST) [02:13:18]
41 Jeff Phillips - Smash Or Trash (from The Lords of Salem OST) [02:17:12]
42 Griffin Boice - The Lords Theme (from The Lords of Salem OST) [02:17:30]
43 Rob Zombie - House of 1000 Corpses (OO edit) (from The Sinister Urge) [02:18:18]
44 Rob Zombie - Demonoid Phenomenon (from Hellbilly Deluxe) [02:26:03]
45 Rob Zombie - Feel So Numb (from The Sinister Urge) [02:30:05]
46 Rob Zombie - Living Dead Girl (Subliminal Seduction Mix) (from American Made Music To Strip By) [02:33:55]
47 Sheri Moon Zombie - Would You Say That Again (from The Devil’s Rejects OST) [02:38:04]
48 Rob Zombie - White Trash Freaks (from Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor) [02:38:25]
49 White Zombie - Electric Head: The Ecstasy (Pt. 2) (from Astro-Creep: 2000) [02:41:36]