10 Best Rob Zombie Songs
Robert Cummings, better known as Rob Zombie, has amassed quite a catalogue of music since parting ways with White Zombie. As a solo artist, Zombie has released five studio albums, including his 1998 triple-platinum debut Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International, which spawned the hits “Superbeast,” “Living Dead Girl” and “Dragula.”
Along the way Zombie created a signature brand of industrial, shock rock and heavy groove music and he continues to churn out unique and unapologetic fist-pumping tunes. Rob Zombie will be out on the road all summer and will be one of the headliners at the Loudwire Music Festival on June 28 at Jam Ranch outside Grand Junction, Colo.
Check out our list of the 10 Best Rob Zombie Songs below:
‘Teenage Nosferatu Pussy’
“Teenage Nosferatu Pussy” is the opening track on Rob Zombie’s 2013 album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. The crushingly heavy song with a remarkably unique and almost unfathomable name is one of the highlights from Zombie’s most recent album, which is the first to feature drummer Ginger Fish, who previously played with Marilyn Manson. The chorus begs you to scream along: “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy / Turn it on / Turn it on!”
“Sick Bubblegum” is one of the highlights on Rob Zombie’s 2010 effort Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool. The unapologetic and brash heavy rock song was the first track released from the album and features some sick guitar work from the one and only John 5. The video for the song features the band chugging away in a house with cutaways of Sheri Moon Zombie chewing bubblegum.
‘Meet The Creeper’
“Meet the Creeper” is a shining example of Rob Zombie’s unique and signature sound. With heavy-chugging guitar work from John 5 and slick industrial synth sounds, “Meet The Creeper” is a head-banging classic from Zombie’s debut album, Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International.
‘The Lords of Salem’
“The Lords of Salem” is the eleventh and final track on Rob Zombie’s 2006 album, Educated Horses. It can also be found on the soundtrack for The Covenant. The heavy song features an unmatched infectious, psychedelic groove. “The Lords of Salem” was nominated for the Grammy award for Best Hard Rock Performance, but lost to the Mars Volta’s “Wax Simulacra.” Zombie would go on to direct the 2012 horror film The Lords of Salem, which stars Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison and Maria Conchita Alonso.
“Superbeast” is the fast head-banging, industrial groove song, which was the final single peeled off Zombie’s debut album Hellbilly Deluxe. The track captures Zombie’s aggressive vocal performance brilliantly combined with a dose of heavy guitars and synth sounds. “Superbeast” was nominated for the Grammy for Best Metal Performance in 2000 but lost to Black Sabbath’s live version of their classic “Iron Man.”
‘Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown’
“Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown” is off Zombie’s latest album, 2013’s Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor. The song is all about the state of rock radio with great lyrics including: “Sluggish drones assault my radio / 20 mortal lashes of grotesque audio / Glittering fountains / Misspent youth / I’m a Rhinestone Tiger in a Leisure Suit.” Rob Zombie directed the slick black and white video for the song that features the band rocking out along with some interesting characters including a belly dancer and break dancing, among other sideshow-esque characters.
‘Scum of the Earth’
“Scum of the Earth” was originally featured on the Mission: Impossible II Soundtrack and later released as the first single off Zombie’s 2001 album, The Sinister Urge. John 5’s huge and crunchy guitars stand out in the song, which features an intense chorus with a infectious and repetitive “hey!” chant. The fan favorite is a staple of Zombie’s live show and always whips the crowd into a complete frenzy.
‘Living Dead Girl’
“Living Dead Girl” is another classic of Zombie’s debut Hellbilly Deluxe. It was also featured on the soundtracks for Bride of Chucky and Gus Van Sant’s 2000 remake of Psycho. The cinematic song was inspired by Jean Rollin’s 1982 film The Living Dead Girl. The video for the track was directed by both Joseph Kahn and Rob Zombie and is a take on the 1920 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.
‘Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)’
“Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy)” is a bit of a departure for Rob Zombie. The catchy and danceable track is off his 2001 album, The Sinister Urge. It shows off a different side of Zombie with a more melodic feel and upbeat groove, but still maintains his signature vocal growls and heavy guitar work. The video for the track is a play on Stanley Kurbrick’s 1972 film A Clockwork Orange, with Zombie as “Alex,” played brilliantly by Malcolm McDowell in the film.
“Dragula” tops our list of the 10 best Rob Zombie songs. The track was the first single peeled off Zombie’s debut album Hellbilly Deluxe and was inspired by an episode of the 1960s TV show The Munsters. In the episode, Grandpa Munster drives a drag racer named “Dragula.” The song was an instant hit peaking at number six on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The video for the song features the band interspersed with clips of old horror movies. It received a ton of play on MTV when it was released in 1998. The spoken work intro is from the 1972 film Horror Express and features actor Chirstopher Lee saying, “superstition, fear and jealousy.” “Dragula” introduced the world to Rob Zombie’s unique sound as a solo artist and is one of his most recognizable songs.