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Encyclopedia > White Zombie (band)
White Zombie

Background information
Origin Flag of the United States New York City, New York, USA
Genre(s) Alternative metal
Groove metal
Industrial metal
Years active 1985–1998
Label(s) Silent Explosion, Caroline, Geffen
Members
Rob Zombie
Jay Noel Yuenger
Sean Yseult
John Tempesta
Former members
Ivan de Prume
Tom Guay
Ena Kostabi
John Ricci
Peter Landau
Tim Jeffs
Phil Buerstatte

White Zombie was an American band named after the 1932 film White Zombie, which starred Bela Lugosi. Image File history File links White_Zombie. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Alternative metal is an form of music that gained popularity in the early 1990s alongside grunge. ... Groove metal, often associated with neo-thrash/post-thrash and power groove, is a term sometimes used to describe a derivative of thrash metal which took its current form during the early 1990s. ... Industrial metal is a musical genre which draws elements from industrial music and heavy metal music. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Silent Explosion is an independant record label founded by the band White Zombie in the year 1985 and discontinued in 1987. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ... Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... Jay Noel Yuenger (also known simply as J.) is a rock guitarist who was born December 26th, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. ... Sean Yseult (real name Shauna Reynolds) is an American rock musician born on June 6, 1966 in North Carolina. ... John Tempesta is a rock drummer, that has worked with a few bands, namely Exodus, Testament, White Zombie. ... Ivan de Prume is a heavy metal drummer best known for co-founding White Zombie. ... Tom Guay (a. ... Paul Indrek Kostabi (b. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... White Zombie is an American horror film, first released on August 4, 1932. ... Bela Lugosi as Dracula United States stamp. ...


Based in New York, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band in the vein of fellow New York band Sonic Youth; Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and fellow alternative rock icon Kurt Cobain have professed to be fans of their early work. This article is about the state. ... Lightning Bolt Live at the Southgate House 2005. ... Sonic Youth is an American alternative rock group formed in New York City in 1981. ... Thurston Joseph Moore (born July 25, 1958 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American musician best known as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and tallest member of the band Sonic Youth. ... Alternative music redirects here. ... Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ...


White Zombie was known for combining heavy metal music with driving guitar riffs (as on "Super-Charger Heaven"), overlaid with lyrics heavily influenced by horror films and pseudo-Satanic imagery. Unlike other metal bands of the 1990s, White Zombie was almost exclusively a "fantasy" band, writing songs not about real life, but about surreal horror fantasies. Super-Charger Heaven is the third and final official single off the Astro-Creep: 2000 album by White Zombie. ...


The group officially disbanded in 1998 shortly after the release of singer Rob Zombie's solo album Hellbilly Deluxe. Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... Hellbilly Deluxe is the debut solo album by the former White Zombie singer Rob Zombie, released on August 25, 1998 (see 1998 in music). ...

Contents

History

The Early Years

Founded by Rob Zombie, writer, vocalist, and graphic artist, after coming up with the band idea in 1985 while attending Pratt in his Junior year. Rob's girlfriend at the time, Sean Yseult, was playing the farfisa in the band LIFE. Ena Kostabi owned a studio which he would rent out to different bands, meeting Sean, who asked if he could teach her to play bass. They then recruited Peter Landau to play drums and began to write and record songs. White Zombie's first release was an EP titled Gods on Voodoo Moon and was recorded on October 18, 1985. It was released under the band's own label Silent Explosion, under which they would release most of their early work. Only 300 copies were pressed, of which only 100 were sold — the band members still retain possession of the remaining 200. Robert Cummings (born January 12, 1965 in Haverhill, Massachusetts), better known as Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, and writer. ... Sean Yseult (real name Shauna Reynolds) is an American rock musician born on June 6, 1966 in North Carolina. ... Farfisa is a brand name for a series of electronic organs and later multitimbral keyboards, made in Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. ... Paul Indrek Kostabi (b. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... First recording and released by White Zombie as an EP in 1985. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Silent Explosion is an independant record label founded by the band White Zombie in the year 1985 and discontinued in 1987. ...


In 1986, Rob hired Tim Jeffs as the replacement for Kostabi and Ivan de Prume as the replacement for Landau. White Zombie released their second EP Pig Heaven that year. The release contained only two songs, "Pig Heaven" and "Slaughter the Grey", and retained the same sound as their previous effort. After only a few live shows, Jeffs was fired and quickly replaced by Tom Guay. The band released a second pressing of Pig Heaven of which the only difference from the first pressing was alternate cover art. Only 500 copies of each pressing were released on vinyl. Ivan de Prume is a heavy metal drummer best known for co-founding White Zombie. ... Pig Heaven was the second EP by White Zombie under their label Silent Explosion in 1986. ... Tom Guay (a. ...


In 1987, band released their third EP Psycho-Head Blowout. Later that year, the band released their first full length album Soul-Crusher, which was their first release to feature sound clips from movies in the songs, a trademark that would continue for the remainder of the band's lifespan. John Ricci replaced Tom Guay shortly after the release of Soul-Crusher. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Psycho-Head Blowout was the third EP released by the band White Zombie in 1987. ... Soul-Crusher is the first full-length album by noise rock band White Zombie. ...


In 1988, The band signed to Caroline Records, discontinuing their old indie label permanently. About 1000 copies of the vinyl were pressed for the original and re-release each. After the re-release of the album in 1988, White Zombie began to tour outside of their northeast home, gaining slightly more recognition. In 1989, the band released their second LP Make Them Die Slowly. The album was a huge musical shift for White Zombie. While their previous releases had been strictly punk influenced noise rock, Make Them Die Slowly had more of a heavy metal sound. The band stated that they wanted to play more of what they were influenced by and to keep it simple. It was also evident that Rob's vocals had grown deeper and he was no longer shrieking the lyrics in a high pitched tone. Unfortunately, lack of funds and shoddy production caused many songs intended for the album to not be included. There existed at least two record labels named Caroline Records, one in the UK and one in the US. // Caroline Records (UK) Caroline Records was a subsidiary of Richard Bransons Virgin Records label during the early to mid 1970s. ... Make Them Die Slowly is a 1989 White Zombie album. ... Heavy metal redirects here. ...


When Ricci's Carpal tunnel syndrome severely affected his ability to play guitar, Jay Yuenger or "J." then replaced him for the remainder of the band's years, which took them in a more metal/groove-influenced direction. One of the most obvious examples of this direction is the differences between the songs "Disaster Blaster" on Make Them Die Slowly and the re-worked version, "Disaster Blaster 2", on the God of Thunder EP. The EP featured a more groove-oriented sound that differed from anything they had released before. The EP caught the attention of Geffen Records who then offered them a record deal. This article is about the medical condition. ... Jay Noel Yuenger (also known simply as J.) is a rock guitarist who was born December 26th, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. ... God of Thunder is an EP by the band White Zombie. ... // Extended play (EP) is the name typically given to vinyl records or CDs which contain more than one single but are too short to qualify as albums. ... Geffen Records is an American record label, owned by Universal Music Group, and operates as one third of UMGs Interscope-Geffen-A&M label group. ...


Major-Label Years

On March 17, 1992 they released La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, the album which would break them from their underground status and launch them into mainstream recognition. White Zombie began their two-and-a-half-year-long tour for the album soon after its release, during which the band gained a large cult following. Early in the tour Ivan de Prume left the band to pursue his own interests and was replaced by Phil Buerstatte. The music video for the song "Thunder Kiss '65" went into heavy rotation on MTV in 1993. The popular TV show Beavis and Butt-head began reviewing the band's music videos, boosting the band's popularity. By the end of 1993, the album had been certified Gold by the RIAA. By the time the tour ended in December, 1994, Rob and Sean had broken up and La Sexorcisto had gone Platinum. Due to artistic differences, Buerstatte was let go and John Tempesta, who had previously worked with Exodus and Testament, was hired to record White Zombie's second major label album. In 1995, Astro Creep: 2000 was released, featuring "More Human Than Human" that would soon become a big hit. In 1996, an album of remixes was released under the title Supersexy Swingin' Sounds. On January 3, 2007, it was announced by Rob on his website that a box set would be released containing all the music White Zombie had ever recorded. This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ... Ivan de Prume is a heavy metal drummer best known for co-founding White Zombie. ... A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... Thunder Kiss 65 is the first and only official single off the album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. ... This article is about the original U.S. music television channel. ... Beavis and Butt-head was an American animated television series created by Mike Judge. ... The RIAA Logo. ... Exodus is an American thrash metal band formed in 1980 in San Francisco, California by singer/drummer Tom Hunting, guitarists Tim Agnello and Kirk Hammett, and bassist Carlton Melson. ... Testament is an American thrash metal band from California. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Astro Creep: 2000 - Songs Of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head was released in 1995 by White Zombie through Geffen Records. ... This was the first official single off the Astro Creep: 2000 - Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head album by White Zombie. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Supersexy Swingin Sounds was a remix album released in 1996 by White Zombie through Geffen Records. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... A box set (sometimes referred to as a boxed set) is one or more musical recordings, films, television programs, or other collection of related things that are contained in a box. ...


After disbanding

Sean Yseult, after the breakup of White Zombie, joined the surf rock band The Famous Monsters, and (as of early 2001) left the horror-themed New Orleans-based band Rock City Morgue. She is currently preparing for an upcoming tour with The Cramps Sean Yseult (real name Shauna Reynolds) is an American rock musician born on June 6, 1966 in North Carolina. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... NOLA redirects here. ...


John Tempesta continued his musical relationship with Rob Zombie after the White Zombie breakup, drumming for Zombie on his first two solo albums, Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge. He is no longer with Zombie and currently plays for the Rob Zombie-esque band Scum of the Earth with his brother, Powerman 5000 guitarist Mike Tempesta, and ex-Rob Zombie guitarist Mike Riggs, and has recently toured with Testament (as shown on Testament's DVD, Live In London). On February 14, 2006, he was hired as the new drummer for The Cult, before which, he played with Helmet. John Tempesta is a rock drummer, that has worked with a few bands, namely Exodus, Testament, White Zombie. ... Mike Riggs Mike Riggs is a heavy-metal guitarist born April 23, 1971 in Arkansas. ...


J. produced records for stoner rock band Fu Manchu and New York City rockers Puny Human, as well as lending his guitar skills to a few other bands after the breakup of White Zombie. Jay Noel Yuenger (also known simply as J.) is a rock guitarist who was born December 26th, 1966 in Chicago, Illinois. ... Stoner music, stoner metal and stoner rock are interchangeable terms describing a sub-genre of rock music. ... Fu Manchu is a Southern Californian stoner rock band, who released their debut single Kept Between Trees in 1990. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


While Rob Zombie has mostly kept the image of his former band, fans of both White Zombie's and Rob Zombie's music have noted significant musical differences between them, notably the absence of the heavy bass and lead guitar that characterised White Zombie's musical style. Multiple layers and numerous samples are not used as often due to legal issues as the band gained mainstream recognition.


In July 2006, original members Tom Five and Ivan de Prume reunited to perform with Ivan's band Healer for several concerts in Southern California for The Vans Warped Tour.[1] Ivan continues to write and record music with Healer, a middle eastern infused metal band and recording, producing, and engineering for special projects. Sony's Ghost Rider score featured Ivan's drums and percussion. Tom Guay (a. ... Ivan de Prume is a heavy metal drummer best known for co-founding White Zombie. ... This article is about the region of Southern California. ...


Trivia

  • Released in the same year (1992), White Zombie's La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 and Poison Idea's Blank Blackout Vacant feature songs that have samples from the same Russ Meyer film, Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Furthermore, both bands use a nearly identical sample; specifically, the samples come from the lines "I never TRY anything. I just DO it. Like I don't beat clocks, just people. Wanna try me?" that were spoken by the character Varla in the film. White Zombie's song ("Thunder Kiss '65") uses just the first two lines and the last one, whereas the Poison Idea song ("Punish Me") uses the entire sequence.
  • The song "Thunder Kiss '65" is featured in the Playstation 2 game Guitar Hero.
  • The La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. 1 album was used as the soundtrack for the 3DO game Way of the Warrior.
  • In 2000, White Zombie was included on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, ranking at No. 56.
  • The song "Super Charger Heaven" contains the quote "Look, I know the supernatural is something that isn't supposed to happen, but it does happen" from the horror movie The Haunting.
  • The song "Thrust!" has a sample from the ultra violent hentai Urotsukidoji.
  • The song "Spiderbaby (Yeah-Yeah-Yeah)" is a movie of the same name with the actor Sid Haig who played Captain Spaulding in the movie House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects directed by Rob Zombie.
  • In chapter one of the manga Black Lagoon, a lead character, Revy, destroys a fleet of ships while listening to "Electric Head Pt. 1 (The Agony)."
  • The song "Thunderkiss '65" is the music used during Chad Hernandez's part in the skateboarding video "Opinion" by Globe shoes.
  • The song "More Human Than Human" is featured in the movie Annapolis
  • The song "El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama" was Lance Storms entrance music during his time in Extreme Championship Wrestling.
  • The song "More Human Than Human" plays in the beginning of the 2006 movie The Covenant.
  • The song "More Human Than Human" is featured in the video game The Bigs.
  • The song "More Human Than Human" is featured in the movie The Cable Guy.
  • The song "Thunderkiss '65" was featured in the movie Bride of Chucky, as well as the soundtrack for the movie.
  • The song "Thunderkiss '65" was featured in the film Wild Hogs.
  • The song "More Human Than Human" was featured in the film The Marine.
  • The song "More Human Than Human" was used by the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs as a starting lineup song.
  • The song "Creature of the Wheel" contains samples from the 1971 Charlton Heston film, The Omega Man.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Poison Idea (sometimes referred to simply as “PI”) were a hardcore punk band from Portland, Oregon. ... Blank Blackout Vacant is an LP by Poison Idea released in 1992 by Taang!. It was recorded from July to August, 1991. ... For the baseball player, see Russ Meyer (baseball player). ... Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! original poster The Pussy Cats, ca. ... This article is about the independent promotion from 1992-2001. ... This article is about the 2005 video game. ... Way of the Warrior is the title of an ultra-violent fighting game released for the ill-fated 32-bit 3DO CD-ROM system by Boston studio Naughty Dog. ... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division... Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls is a promo single by White Zombie off the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America Soundtrack. ... Beavis And Butt-head Do America is a animated feature film that was released in 1996, produced by MTV and directed by Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge. ... Im Your Boogieman is a promo single by White Zombie off the The Crow: City of Angels Soundtrack. ... The Crow: City of Angels is the 1996 sequel to cult movie and comic The Crow by James OBarr. ... The Haunting is a 1963 horror film directed by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. ... Hentai tankōbon on display in Japan Hentai )   is a Japanese word that can be used to mean metamorphosis or abnormality. In Japan hentai has a strong negative connotation, and is commonly used to mean sexually perverted. The term is used as slang for sexually explicit or pornographic comics and... Urotsukidoji ) is a series of Japanese OVA releases. ... Coffin Joe is the screen name and alter-ego of José Mojica Marins, whose portrait of a weird, kinky hateful man in a top hat, At Midnight Ill Take Your Soul, was a hit in Brazil and United States theaters alike. ... Awakening of the Beast is a 1970 Brazilian horror film, directed by José Mojica Marins. ... For other uses, see Airhead (disambiguation). ... Feed the Gods is a promo single by White Zombie off the Airheads movie soundtrack. ... Serialized in Sunday GX Original run 19 April 2002 – ongoing No. ... Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam is a video game based on the Tony Hawk series. ... Annapolis is a 2006 motion picture starring James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Donnie Wahlberg, and Chi McBride. ... El Phantasmo and the Chicken-Run Blast-O-Rama is a promo single off the Astro Creep: 2000 - Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head album by White Zombie. ... Albert Pujols in the Wii version of The BIGS The Bigs is an arcade-style baseball video game that has been released for the Wii,[1] Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable. ... For the comedian, see Larry the Cable Guy. ... Bride of Chucky (also known as Childs Play 4: Bride of Chucky) (1998) is the fourth entry in the Childs Play series. ... Wild Hogs is a 2007 comedy film starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy. ... The Marine is a 2006 action film starring professional wrestler John Cena. ... Black Sunshine is a promo single off the album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. ... Guitar Hero III will be the third official installment in the Guitar Hero video game series. ... Blur the Technicolor is a song off the album Astro-Creep: 2000 by heavy metal band White Zombie. ... Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995) is a movie made as a sequel to Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994). ... The Omega Man is a 1971 science fiction thriller starring Charlton Heston. ...

Discography

Please see White Zombie discography, for a complete discography // Gods on Voodoo Moon (1985) Pig Heaven (1986) Psycho-Head Blowout (1987) God of Thunder (1989) Nightcrawlers: The KMFDM Remixes (1992) Supersexy Swingin Sounds (1996) #17 US, Gold Thrilling Chilling World of White Zombie (VHS) (1997) - Never Released. ...


Studio albums

External links

  • Tim Jeff's Early White Zombie Bio
  • Voyage To The Voodoo Moon
  • Psychoholic World of White Zombie
  • Sean Yseult: The Unofficial Fansite
  • White Zombie at Rolling Stone

 
 

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