Thursday, July 19, 2012

Song of the Day: Rob Zombie, "Living Dead Girl"

More often than not, I find myself defending Rob Zombie's solo career to fellow White Zombie fans. Like nearly every artist who has been making music for nearly 30 years, Rob has seen his creativity decline, but I stand by Hellbilly Deluxe, his solo debut, which sits with Astro-Creep 2000 as his greatest musical achievement.

"Dragula" and "Superbeast" soundtracked every action movie trailer from 1999-2003, but my favorite is "Living Dead Girl." People who say that "Living Dead Girl" isn't scary are missing the point. George Romero's films aren't as scary as Stanley Kubrick's, but sometimes you'd rather watch something fun.

One of my favorite things about Rob Zombie is that he has no pretenses about his position in the world. He may be the only shock rocker who never set out to be Public Enemy Number One. Around the release of Hellbilly Deluxe, I remember an interview where, in response to the interviewer's goading, Zombie stated that he wasn't as scary as Marilyn Manson. He's right, and that's why he's taken more seriously than Marilyn Manson these days.

Metal's greatest cinemaphile, Rob directed and based the song's music video off The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

That's Rob's wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, as the titular character. Oh, stop it.

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