by Gibson Merrick
Co-Editor in Chief
Hey, shock rocker Rob Zombie took a break from the break he took from music to put out a new album! And in case the title didn’t tip you off, it’s full of crazily titled horror-themed songs meant to ..shock you, I guess?
I’m not a huge fan of Zombie’s music, but I do share his enthusiasm and appreciation for the horror genre, especially the samples of horror movie dialogue that sprinkle the album. Plus, listening to a Zombie record is kind of funny in its own right. The man wrote and sang a song called “Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga” with no hint of irony or shame, somehow managing not to sound stupid. I also have a particular fondness for the song about a hoard of Satan she-fans crying out in ecstasy just because he shows up (“Lucifer Rising”). Maybe his straight-faced takes are what make it all work, I’m not really sure, but despite its ludicrous and nonsensical lyrics, the album is fun to listen to.
The only track that kills the fun is the uninspired cover of Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re an American Band,” which feels like a failed attempt to recreate the same double-entendre awesomeness of his KC and The Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogieman” cover. Still, one boring track out of twelve ain’t bad.