WHITE ZOMBIE (1985–96). Rob Zombie (vocals/guitar), Jay Yuenger (guitar), Sean Yseult (bass), Ivan Deprume (drums, replaced by John Tempesta).
White Zombie were an American heavy metal band influenced by science fiction, old horror films, fifties trash culture, and a heavy dollop of twisted humor. Led by vocalist and guitarist Rob Zombie, the band started out fairly sedate on their first record, which sounds more like their Lower East Side origins than later efforts would, but by the time of their breakthrough into respectability on the La Sexorcista record, they had perfected the formula, and the video for “Thunderkiss 65,” with its relentless repetitive guitar riff, soon made them MTV darlings, which the band was uniquely suited for with their image tailor-made for the video age. Their next record, Astro Creep 2000, also charted big with the hit song inspired by a line in the film Bladerunner, “More Human than Human.”
However, Zombie, a control freak under the best of circumstances, took over the band completely, and by 1997 he had jettisoned the rest of the group and carried on under his name in a solo career for the past decade. Recently, Zombie has become better known to a new generation for his directing skills; he has so far directed three horror films: House of a Thousand Corpses, its sequel, The Devil’s Rejects, and the pointless remake of the classic horror film Halloween. Zombie is
a talented director, if given the right material, and may be more comfortable following his own idiosyncratic vision than making mainstream movies. Also it is hoped by his many fans that he resumes his music career, or reunites White Zombie in the future.
Discography: Gods on Voodoo Moon EP (Silent Explosion, 1985); Psycho-Head Blowout (Silent Explosion, 1987); Soul-Crusher (Silent Explosion, 1987; Caroline, 1988); God of Thunder (Caroline, 1989); Make Them Die Slowly (Caroline, 1989); La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One (Geffen, 1992); Astro-Creep: 2000 (Geffen, 1995); Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds (Geffen, 1996).