Mon August 12th, 2002
Mon October 29th, 2001
Wed October 24th, 2001
Mon August 9th, 1999
Mon February 22nd, 1999
Mon September 21st, 1998
Sinister Urge (2001)
American Made Music To Strip By (1999)
Hellbilly Deluxe (1998)
Riggs (1998-Present), guitar
Blasko (1998-Present), bass
Tempesta (1998-Present), drums
Rob Zombie is an aficionado of horror flicks, and his bandís namesake is a 1932 film set in the sultry clime of Haiti. The film, directed by Victor Halperin (whose credits include Torture Ship, Revolt of the Zombies and Supernatural, among others) is a low budget masterpiece starring Bela Lugosi as Murder Legendre, a nefarious character with supernatural powers who exerts his unnatural influence over a bizarre love triangle.

"Zombie" is clearly not Robís given name, and for a brief period of time he told journalists his real name was Robert Straker - more believable, but no more legitimate than Zombie. He dug up this pseudonym between the pages of a good book. Like any self-respecting horror fan, Rob knows his King. Stephen King, of course. In íSalemís Lot the vampire who takes up residence in the titular town happens to be one R.T. (Richard Throckett) Straker.

As if the horror references weren't enough, "More Human Than Human," the biggest hit Zombie enjoyed while still the mastermind behind White Zombie, is a grinding, grooving nod to Ridley Scott's sci-fi cinema masterpiece, Blade Runner.
Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie isnít the first artist most people think of when it comes to art rock, but heís as true to the genre as any. The music he made with White Zombie first and then as a solo artist is every bit as artfully arranged and produced as anything Yes ever recorded, and as wry and charismatic as Roxy Music ever was - though itís hard for most people to get past all the ghoulish pyrotechnics to see that. But thatís par for the course in the world according to Zombie.

White Zombie first formed when young Robert Cummings relocated to New York City from the suburbs of Boston. While still in art school the original lineup of White Zombie coalesced and the fledgling band began toying with the theatrical brand of rock that would eventually become its claim to fame.

The quartet slugged it out in the New York club scene for a time, but things didnít really start to happen until the ensemble packed its bags and headed for Los Angeles. Signed to Geffen records in 1991 it made a splash right off the bat with its major label debut La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1. With major label backing Zombie was not only able to finally realize the sound of the band, but develop the distinctive live show that would wow audiences across America and around the world.

Having studied art shortly before the birth of White Zombie and worked briefly as a production assistant for Pee Weeís Playhouse, Zombie expanded on his artistic vision and by the time the multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated Astro-Creep 2000 hit the shelves, the pyrotechnic, action-packed show was as much of a production as Zombieís studio work.

But Zombie is very much a renaissance man and in addition to multi-faceted musical pursuits, he has designed haunted house attractions for Universal Studios's annual Halloween Horror Nights, created the psychedelic sequences from the 1996 animated feature Beavis and Butt-head Do America, continues to generate graphic art, and wrote and directed the feature film House of 1000 Corpses.

By 1998, Rob had disbanded White Zombie to continue as a solo artist and proved his mettle with Hellbilly Deluxe. Zombie dropped in on Rockline shortly after the release of 2001ís Sinister Urge and just in time to help celebrate Rocklineís 20th anniversary.
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