"Dig through the ditches
And burn through the witches
And slam in the back of my Dragula"
— Rob Zombie, "Dragula"
(born Robert Bartleh Cummings
in January 12, 1965) is a Grammy-nominated American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer.
He first attracted attention as the frontman of the band White Zombie, whose members included:
- Rob - guitar, vocals
- Sean Yseult - bass
- Ena Kostabi - guitar (1985-1986)
- Tim Jeffs - guitar (1986)
- Tom Guay - guitar (1986-1988)
- John Ricci - guitar (1988-1989)
- Jay Noel Yuenger - guitar (1989-1998), always credited as "J."
- Peter Landau - drums (1985-1986)
- Ivan de Prume - drums (1986-1992)
- Phil Buerstatte - drums (1992-1994)
- John Tempesta - drums (1994-1998)
White Zombie (its name taken from a 1932 Bela Lugosi zombie flick White Zombie
) was initially a Noise Rock
band signed to an independent label. In this incarnation, they released two EPs and two albums, Soul-Crusher
and Make Them Die Slowly
. The latter album showed them moving away somewhat from their noise rock sound in favour of Heavy Metal
Eventually, once The '90s
rolled around, the band signed with Geffen Records
, recruited a new guitarist named Jay Noel Yuenger and re-fashioned themselves as a Industrial-influenced Groove Metal
band that used lots of samples
from old B-movies and trashy, surreal horror-movie aesthetics. This incarnation put out two well-received albums, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1
and Astro Creep: 2000
White Zombie disbanded in 1998, and Rob became a borderline solo artist. He still had a full band, though. Its members are:
- John 5 - guitars (formerly of Marilyn Manson)
- Piggy D - bass
- Ginger Fish - drums (also formerly of Marilyn Manson)
- Tommy Clufetos - drums (2005-2010)
- John Tempesta - drums (1994-2003)
- Blasko - bass (1997-2006)
- Riggs - guitar (1997-2003)
He produced his most successful album, Hellbilly Deluxe
, in 1998. He followed it up in 2001 with The Sinister Urge
. Since then, Rob has divided his attention between a solo career and directing the sort of trashy, B-movie horror films that he loves so much. He recently attracted a lot of negative attention for his remake of Halloween
and its sequel
. Riggs and Tempesta, tired of waiting around while Rob worked on films, left the band and started Scum of the Earth, a band whose sound is most similar to Hellbilly Deluxe
era Rob Zombie.
White Zombie discography:
- Soul-Crusher (1987)
- Make Them Die Slowly (1989)
- La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 (1992)
- Astro Creep: 2000 (1995)
- Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales Of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside The Spookshow International (1998)
- The Sinister Urge (2001)
- Educated Horses (2006)
- Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool (2010)
- Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (2013)
- American Made Music To Strip By (1999)
- Mondo Sex Head (2012)
"Astrope Creep 2000":
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Has sampled dialogue from Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, Night of the Living Dead (1968) and...the 1960s Batman series.
- As Himself: Rob Zombie was a playable character in Twisted Metal 4 (a game for which he did most of the music)
- Ballad of X: "The Ballad Of Resurrection Joe And Rosa Whore". Try and guess if it's actually a ballad.
- Becoming the Mask: Had his name legally changed to Rob Zombie
- Big "YES!": He uses "yeah" A LOT. "Spiderbaby (Yeah-Yeah-Yeah)" is only the tip of the iceberg.
- Chronological Album Title: Hellbilly Deluxe 2
- Circus of Fear: "Grease Paint and Monkey Brains"
- Cluster F-Bomb: Throughout his music.
- Continuity Nod: "My Durango 95," first mentioned in "Soul-Crusher" on La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1," later resurfaced in "Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)", on Rob's second solo album The Sinister Urge.
- Cool Car: "Dragula"
- Cover Version: KC and the Sunshine Band's "I'm Your Boogieman"
- The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop," for the Tribute Album We're A Happy Family. Crossed with Rearrange the Song since, instead of trying to match the pace of the original, he slowed it down instead.
- The Commodores' "Brick House," with Lionel Richie and the female rapper Trina.
- Grand Funk Railroad "We're and American Band" from 2013's Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.
- Black Sabbath's "Children of The Grave" for the first Nativity In Black compilation.
- Creepy Child: One recites the lyrics to "Call of the Zombie"
- Excited Show Title!: "Thrust!"
- Filk Song:
"Goldfoot's machine creates another fiend
So beautiful it'll make you kill"
- "Dragula" is named for one of the two cars created by Grandpa Munster in the episode "Hot Rod Herman."
- "Creature of the Wheel" is full of references to, and samples dialogue from, The Omega Man.
- Gender-Blender Name: Sean Yseult. Deliberate on her part as she wanted to be known for her bass playing rather than her (quite good) looks. Her real name is Shauna Reynolds.
- Greatest Hits Album: Past, Present and Future, combining both White Zombie and his own work.
- Guttural Growler: On most of his songs. He's actually rather soft-spoken otherwise.
- I, Noun: "I, Zombie"
- Intercourse with You: "Pussy Liquor"
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Both his solo work and his White Zombie work are generally in the 6-8 range, with the odd song dipping below.
- Ominous Pipe Organ: On "Return of the Phantom Stranger" and "Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)
- One-Letter Name: J
- Our Demons Are Different: "Demonoid Phenomenon"
- Premature Encapsulation: The White Zombie album Soul-Crusher came out in 1987, but the song of that name came out in 1992. There's no evidence that the song "Soul-Crusher" was written that early, so it's possible they just reused the title.
- Real Song Theme Tune: Various White Zombie and Rob Zombie tracks have been used by professional wrestlers as theme songs.
- Edge used "Never Gonna Stop" for several years in WWE
- Chris Jericho used "Electric Head Part II: The Ecstasy" during his ECW run.
- Lance Storm used "El Phantasmo and the Chicken Run Blast-o-Rama" in ECW.
- Linda "Shaniqua" Miles very briefly used "Feel So Numb".
- Revenant Zombie: "I, Zombie" would seem to be this:
I, zombie cancer raging; I, zombie fascinating
I, zombie crucify; I, zombie do not die
I, zombie kill machine; I, zombie never seen
I, zombie never you; I, zombie coming through
I, zombie duplicating; I, zombie eliminating
I, zombie fucking you; I, zombie never through
- Shout-Out: His song "The Man Who Laughs" from Hellbilly Deluxe 2 is about... The Man Who Laughs. The rest of his lyrics are full of references to Science-Fiction and/or Horror films, to the point that Yseult lampshaded it in an interview when "El Phantasmo and The Chicken Run Blast-O-Rama" was brought up, saying that "You kinda know what it means if you live in Zombie world."
- Single Stanza Song: "Call of the Zombie," "I, Zombie"
- Stage Names: Rob Zombie, Sean Yseult, J., and almost everyone in the Rob Zombie solo act band.
- Trope 2000: Astro Creep 2000
- Word Salad Lyrics: All the time. From "Thunder Kiss '65":
"Well sweet little sista's high in hell cheat'n on a halo
grind in a odyssey holocaust heart kick on tomorrow
breakdown, agony, said "ectasy" in overdrive
she come a riding on the world"
- A review of "The Sinister Urge" accused him of getting his lyrics from a random word generator.
- Word Salad Title:
- La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1
- Astro Creep 2000: Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head
- "El Phantasmo and The Chicken Run Blast-O-Rama"
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Sean Yseult