Murderdolls were an American horror punk and heavy metal band, founded during 2002 in Hollywood, California. The band line-up consisted of core members Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison, while former members included Ben Graves, Acey Slade, Eric Griffin and Tripp Eisen; the band has released two albums, the first in the form of Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls, released in 2002. The band had limited initial success in the United States, though their album and singles charted well in the United Kingdom and around the same time they picked up a strong following in Japan, their second album and Children Last, was released August 31, 2010. Wednesday 13 confirmed the band's split in an interview in July 2013; the sound of the band is made up of their shared influences, which musically are punk rock and as well as from some of the 1970s hard rock acts. The band share a large interest in horror movies, from which they take most of their images and references. Lyrically, the group most present themselves in a "tongue-in-cheek" manner, covering topics of necrophilia, grave robbing, cross-dressing, amongst other things.
The Murderdolls are described as "Mötley Crüe meets the Misfits" by critics and fans alike. Some consider the Murderdolls history to go back as far as 1994 to a Des Moines, Iowa based band Joey Jordison played in, named The Rejects, fronted by vocalist Dizzy Draztik; the sound of the band was somewhat comparable to what the Murderdolls would develop, minus the horror themed lyrics. The Rejects split up as Jordison's "other band". During the 1999 Ozzfest tour, Jordison met Tripp Eisen and asked him if he was interested in a project he had in mind. Eisen agreed to join the project and a friend of his from the band Dope and the Genitorturers, Racci Shay played drums with them. A bassist named Ian, who had played in New York based band the Vampire Love Dolls, played with them live. Dizzy Draztik introduced Joey Jordison to the music of the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, a horror punk band from Charlotte, North Carolina, fronted by vocalist Wednesday 13. Draztik persuaded the band to invite the Drag Queens frontman to play with the Rejects.
The pair had considered bringing Wednesday 13 into the band before Eisen joined. Wednesday joined them on November 2001. Tripp Eisen has claimed that he suggested that his friend Acey Slade was brought into the band around this time, but was turned down. Soon, Wednesday 13 was moved to the frontman position after Dizzy left the band to take care of his ailing mother; the band would soon adopt a horror themed approach. In fact, in terms of material used Wednesday 13 became the driving force for it. Most of the tracks on the Murderdolls debut album were covers from his previous band Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13; these covers which would introduce a whole new audience to the past music of Wednesday 13. Wednesday 13, Jordison and Eisen went into the recording studio to record a demo consisting on an albums worth of material; this demo ended up becoming the band’s first album. Because of the association of Eisen and Jordison's other bands, was to be released on Roadrunner Records; the recording features Wednesday 13 and Joey Jordison playing all of the instruments and vocals, however Eisen recorded some of the guitar solos on it.
Around this time in late March 2002, Ben Graves and Eric Griffin, two musicians native of Boston, Massachusetts but were living in Hollywood, California at the time joined the Murderdolls. They were brought in after Eisen showed Jordison a video of himself jamming with the pair, they decided the duo would be right for the band, and although they would feature on the debut album artwork, they did not play on the album itself. The band played their first show together as the Murderdolls on July 30, 2002 at San Diego's Epicenter club. An EP was released in early 2002 named Right to Remain Violent and featured some tracks from the forthcoming album; the full-length album soon followed. The initial release featured fifteen tracks. 13 did however write all of the aforementioned tracks himself. The song "Welcome to the Strange" was featured on the soundtrack for the movie Jason; this track was available as a bonus track on an expanded release of the debut album along with the single White Wedding. Upon its release the Murderdolls album was promoted to the public as the "other band" of Joey Jordison, the drummer of Slipknot, or a "collaboration" between Jordison and Tripp Eisen.
At the time Wednesday 13's importance as songwriter wasn't known by the public. The lead single from the album was titled "Dead in Hollywood", the promotional video featured a guest appearance by Marilyn Manson, who had become friends with Jordison and was returning the favour of him earlier appearing in the video for "Tainted Love". In July 2002 Eisen announced he was leaving the band and returning to his main band Static-X as they were due to record a new album at the time. Eisen's former Dope bandmate Acey Slade was brought in to replace him on guitar; the first tour dates of the Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls World Tour took the band through parts of the United States including. Their first major date was at the Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo, Japan during August 18, 2002
Nathan Jonas "Joey" Jordison, is an American musician, record producer and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his work as the former drummer and co-songwriter for the American heavy metal band Slipknot as well as guitarist in the American horror punk band Murderdolls. Jordison played in Slipknot since their formation in 1995 until his departure from the band in December 2013, he was the drummer and founder of the American heavy metal band Scar the Martyr which formed in 2013 and disbanded in 2016. He grew up in Waukee, Iowa with his parents and two sisters, was given his first drum kit at the age of 8, he performed in several bands until joining in the summer of 1995 with the group The Pale Ones, which would change their name to Slipknot. Of Slipknot's nine-member lineup which lasted from 1999–2010, Joey was the third to join the band. With Slipknot, Jordison performed on four studio albums, produced the live album 9.0: Live. Outside his major projects, Jordison has performed with other heavy metal groups such as Rob Zombie, Korn, Ministry and Satyricon.
Jordison is known for his session work which includes performances on many albums for many different artists. Jordison uses several drum brands including ddrum, he plays with the bands Vimic and Sinsaenum. Jordison was born in Iowa on April 26, 1975, to Steve and Jackie Jordison, he has two younger sisters. He grew up in a rural area outside of Waukee where he used to play basketball on the street in front of his house, he embraced music at an early age, which he attributes to his parents' influence: "They always sat me down in front of the radio, rather than the TV." He played guitar until receiving his first drum kit as a gift from his parents at age eight, started his first band while in elementary school. Jordison's parents divorced; the children stayed with their mother. His mother remarried and set up a funeral parlor where Jordison would help. Jordison has stated. During this time, he formed the band Modifidious, he described them as "total speed-metal thrash". The band helped Jordison break new ground, playing live as support to local bands including Atomic Opera, featuring Jim Root, Heads on the Wall, featuring Shawn Crahan.
He played at a bowling center his family owned, on a night called "Rock and Roll Bowl". After a multitude of lineup changes – including Craig Jones and Josh Brainard, who would reappear in Slipknot – the band released two demos in 1993: Visceral and Mud Fuchia. Jordison cites Keith Moon, John Bonham, Peter Criss, Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich as his main influences, said, "I grew up listening to Mötley Crüe's Too Fast for Love and Shout at the Devil."After leaving school, Jordison was hired by a local music store called Musicland. In March 1994, after a recommendation from his new friend, he got a job at a Sinclair garage in Urbandale. Jordison worked the night shift, which he preferred, as it left his weekends free and allowed him to spend time with his friends and listen to music while working. In early 1995, Modifidious disbanded because of a shift in interest from thrash metal to death metal in America. Following this Jordison joined a local band called The Rejects as a guitarist, with whom he only played a couple of shows.
Jordison was involved in a band with Paul Gray and vocalist Don Decker, named Anal Blast. Gray attempted to recruit him for another band, Body Pit, but he declined the invitation to remain in The Rejects. During the forming period of Slipknot, Paul recruited Joey to join a punk band called the Have Nots in the Spring of 1996. Joey would leave the Have Nots in February 1997 to "focus on Slipknot" but instead reformed the Rejects which would play Des Moines up until Slipknot left to record Slipknot's self-titled album which Paul played in after the Have Nots broke up. On June 13, 2016, Jordison revealed that he suffers from transverse myelitis, a neurological disease which temporarily cost him the use of his legs and caused him to be unable to play the drums before rehabilitation. On November 28, 1995, Mark Anthony Cadavos approached Jordison while he was working, offering him a position in a new project called The Pale Ones. Intrigued and at a point where he was "lost", Jordison attended rehearsals at Anders Colsefni's basement and wanted to be part of this new band.
Speaking of this moment he said, "I remember trying so hard not to smile, so I didn't look like I wanted to join, I remained poker-faced, but I thought they ruled." A lot of Slipknot's early development was discussed by band members while Jordison worked night shifts at Sinclair's garage. Of the eventual nine members, Joey was the third to join the band. Slipknot would become pioneers to the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Jordison is accompanied by two custom percussionists, giving their music a feel that Rolling Stone touted as "suffocating"; each member of Slipknot is assigned a number. Joey has produced one album with Slipknot: 2005 live album 9.0: Live. In August 2008, Jordison broke his Slipknot had to cancel some of its English tour dates. On August 22, 2009, Jordison was taken to the emergency room for a burst appendix, less than an hour before he was to take the stage for Auburn, Washington's KISW Pain in the Grass concert; as a result, Slipknot canceled following shows in August and September, to give Jordison time to recover.
On December 12, 2013, Slipknot announced through their official website that Jordison had left the band, citing personal reasons for his departure. In response, Jordison released a statement insisting that he had in fact been fired from the band and stated that Slipknot "has been my life for the l
The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings; the word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the early 1700s versions of the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano. The Italian musical terms piano and forte indicate "soft" and "loud" in this context referring to the variations in volume produced in response to a pianist's touch or pressure on the keys: the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, the louder the sound of the note produced and the stronger the attack; the name was created as a contrast to harpsichord, a musical instrument that doesn't allow variation in volume. The first fortepianos in the 1700s had smaller dynamic range.
An acoustic piano has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings, which are strung under great tension on a heavy metal frame. Pressing one or more keys on the piano's keyboard causes a padded hammer to strike the strings; the hammer rebounds from the strings, the strings continue to vibrate at their resonant frequency. These vibrations are transmitted through a bridge to a soundboard that amplifies by more efficiently coupling the acoustic energy to the air; when the key is released, a damper stops the strings' vibration, ending the sound. Notes can be sustained when the keys are released by the fingers and thumbs, by the use of pedals at the base of the instrument; the sustain pedal enables pianists to play musical passages that would otherwise be impossible, such as sounding a 10-note chord in the lower register and while this chord is being continued with the sustain pedal, shifting both hands to the treble range to play a melody and arpeggios over the top of this sustained chord.
Unlike the pipe organ and harpsichord, two major keyboard instruments used before the piano, the piano allows gradations of volume and tone according to how forcefully a performer presses or strikes the keys. Most modern pianos have a row of 88 black and white keys, 52 white keys for the notes of the C major scale and 36 shorter black keys, which are raised above the white keys, set further back on the keyboard; this means that the piano can play 88 different pitches, going from the deepest bass range to the highest treble. The black keys are for the "accidentals". More some pianos have additional keys. Most notes have three strings, except for the bass; the strings are sounded when keys are pressed or struck, silenced by dampers when the hands are lifted from the keyboard. Although an acoustic piano has strings, it is classified as a percussion instrument rather than as a stringed instrument, because the strings are struck rather than plucked. There are two main types of piano: the upright piano.
The grand piano is used for Classical solos, chamber music, art song, it is used in jazz and pop concerts. The upright piano, more compact, is the most popular type, as it is a better size for use in private homes for domestic music-making and practice. During the 1800s, influenced by the musical trends of the Romantic music era, innovations such as the cast iron frame and aliquot stringing gave grand pianos a more powerful sound, with a longer sustain and richer tone. In the nineteenth century, a family's piano played the same role that a radio or phonograph played in the twentieth century. During the nineteenth century, music publishers produced many musical works in arrangements for piano, so that music lovers could play and hear the popular pieces of the day in their home; the piano is employed in classical, jazz and popular music for solo and ensemble performances and for composing and rehearsals. Although the piano is heavy and thus not portable and is expensive, its musical versatility, the large number of musicians and amateurs trained in playing it, its wide availability in performance venues and rehearsal spaces have made it one of the Western world's most familiar musical instruments.
With technological advances, amplified electric pianos, electronic pianos, digital pianos have been developed. The electric piano became a popular instrument in the 1960s and 1970s genres of jazz fusion, funk music and rock music; the piano was founded on earlier technological innovations in keyboard instruments. Pipe organs have been used since Antiquity, as such, the development of pipe organs enabled instrument builders to learn about creating keyboard mechanisms for sounding pitches; the first string instruments with struck strings were the hammered dul
John 5 (guitarist)
John William Lowery, best known by the stage name John 5, is an American guitarist. His stage name was bestowed on him in 1998 when he left David Lee Roth and joined the industrial metal group Marilyn Manson as their guitarist, taking over for Zim Zum. Still going by the name "John 5", Lowery has since become the guitarist for Rob Zombie, he is a solo artist having recorded eight guitar albums: Vertigo, Songs for Sanity, The Devil Knows My Name, The Art of Malice, God Told Me To, Careful With That Axe, Season of the Witch. He has a remix album, a live album, It's Alive, he works as a staff writer for Chrysalis Records, working with artists such as Matt Ball, Avril Lavigne, Rob Halford, k.d. lang, Meat Loaf, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, FeFe Dobson, Steve Perry, has written and recorded with southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Lowery was born in Michigan, he first started playing guitar at seven after watching Buck Owens and Roy Clark's television show Hee Haw with his dad. John recalls seeing a young Jimmy Henley playing banjo that drew his inspiration.
His parents supported his playing as long. They accompanied him at the adult bars he would play during the evening, his early musical influences came from The Monkees, guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Yngwie Malmsteen and country music. Lowery started his career as a session guitarist having moved to Los Angeles from Michigan at age 17, his first band in L. A. was Alligator Soup, which led to an important meeting with Rudy Sarzo from Whitesnake who recruited Lowery for his band Sun King giving him his first real bit of exposure. This saw him meeting producer Bob Marlete, who has worked with, among others, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Rob Halford and Black Sabbath. Lowery began working on numerous projects with Marlette including television show soundtracks, movie soundtracks including Speed 2: Cruise Control, commercials and infomercials; this in turn saw Lowery being picked to play with Lita Ford. He started another long time friendship with the various Kiss members, including a close friendship with Paul Stanley which resulted in his guesting on Stanley's Live to Win album.
Lowery's next role saw him working with Randy Castillo, in the short-lived projects Bone Angels and Red Square Black, who issued the Square EP via Zoo/BMG. The band disbanded. In 1996, Lowery heard that Marilyn Manson was looking for a guitarist and attempted to cold-call the studio Manson was working with to request an audition, but was hung up on, as the guitarist role had been given to Zim Zum. Lowery teamed up with then-former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford, along with Sid Riggs James Wooley, Ray Riendeau to work on an industrial metal-inspired album, under the band name of 2wo; the subsequent album was remixed by Trent Reznor and was released on Reznor's Nothing Records label, under the parent company Interscope Records. The album was not a commercial hit but did produce one video, made by gay porn director Chi Chi Larue, for the first single "I am a Pig", it featured some S&M scenes and so was not broadcast. But the video was not banned as has been rumored; the band embarked on a world tour and were part of the Ozzfest line-up, but the tour was pulled and 2wo disbanded.
Arguably, John 5's first "big break" came when he was selected by former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth to play lead guitar on the critically well-received 1998 release DLR Band. John 5 joined a long line of guitarists who vaulted to fame after working with Roth, including Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, Jason Becker and Steve Hunter. Regarding how he came to meet Roth, in Guitarist Magazine, Lowery relates that, "when I was little, my dream was to play with David Lee Roth. One day I was sitting at my friend's house and... I wonder what... Roth is doing now.. I'm gonna call up his manager and see if he needs any songs."John 5 submitted six tracks that he had written to Roth's management. Having been a longtime fan of David Lee Roth's work, both in Van Halen and as a solo artist, Lowery believed that he knew what Roth would like. On hearing Lowery's songs, Roth was impressed and subsequently asked for Lowery to submit several more songs. At the time, Roth was choosing between Mike Hartman as to who would play lead guitar.
Tragically, Hartman would die a short time later. Impressed by John 5's prodigious skill, Roth scheduled a meeting and scheduled a recording session that lasted two weeks and resulted in the fourteen track DLR Band album. "I remember before we started, he said,'If you can't do it in two takes, you can't do it.'"In 2003, while still lead guitarist for Marilyn Manson, Lowery was invited by David Lee Roth to write and record the single non-cover song for Roth's 2003 album Diamond Dave. In 2014, John 5 announced a new album with David Lee Roth, which he hoped would come out in the future. After the recording of Mechanical Animals, Marilyn Manson was again looking for a guitarist to replace Zim Zum, dismissed from the band during the recording process. Again John went to try out for the band. Following a tour with Rob Halford in Europe, John received a call from Manson's manager asking if he would like to meet Manson for lunch. At the meeting Man
Smells Like Children
Smells Like Children is an EP by American rock band Marilyn Manson, released on October 24, 1995 by Nothing and Interscope Records. Produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, it represents an era of the band full of drugs, tours, sound experiments, references the Child Catcher, a villain from the 1968 musical film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; the EP was proposed to be a remix single for "Dope Hat", but various contributions by engineer and Skinny Puppy producer Dave Ogilvie, Nine Inch Nails live keyboardist Charlie Clouser, new material by the band resulted in an eclectic and unusual combination of material. All the ideas and tracks for the EP were created and composed throughout the touring cycle in support of the band's 1994 debut Portrait of an American Family, was the first Marilyn Manson work to feature longtime members Twiggy Ramirez on bass and Ginger Fish on drums; the EP was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, was spearheaded by its sole single, a cover of "Sweet Dreams" written and performed by Eurythmics.
The song's music video helped to establish the band in the mainstream. After the conclusion of the Portrait of an American Family Tour, the band undertook the opening slot position for Danzig's 4p Tour from March 24, 1995 until May 14, 1995. During their tenure, Danzig/Pantera tour bus driver Tony F. Wiggins befriended Marilyn Manson, bassist Twiggy Ramirez and keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy and went on backstage drug binges, perverse acts and other unusual escapades with them; the most well-known and notorious of Wiggins-related events was a series of backstage makeshift torture and confessions administered by himself, Manson and Gacy to disturbed unstable and otherwise strange individuals who were both strangers and Marilyn Manson fans alike. After the tour ended, mention of Wiggins or any affiliation of with him was unknown. Manson described him as "a vacuum cleaner for sin," and claims him to be indirectly responsible for his own disappearing innocence and human emotions on the road; the band's frontman has discussed his thoughts in retrospect on Smells Like Children within his autobiography The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, circa 1998: Manson has considered the release to be "An album that looks like an album for children, not for children".
A number of cover songs are included in the track listing, most famous of, the band's cover of Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams", which thrust the band into the mainstream. The other covers on the album are the Patti Smith song "Rock N Roll Nigger" and Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You", with the latter featured on the soundtrack for David Lynch's 1997 psychological thriller film Lost Highway. A recorded telephone conversation between Manson's mother and grandmother, titled "May Cause Discoloration of the Urine or Feces", is sometimes included on early bootlegs under the title "Procardia", in a modified version, a fan-made track, not an actual track from either pressing—this version contains the original track in the left channel, an extract from Raggedy Ann in the right; the Smells Like Children version was featured as part of the sound scape "Revelation #9", released on the single for "Get Your Gunn". Some of these bootlegs may contain bonus tracks, including a demo for the song "My Monkey" from Portrait of an American Family, another track called "Choklit Factory" taken from the bands' Spooky Kids-era.
The album alludes to famous occult author Aleister Crowley in the "Dope Hat" re-recording "Diary of a Dope Fiend" after the Crowley novel Diary of a Drug Fiend. The "Frankie" referred to in "Fuck Frankie" is Frankie Proia, Manson's tour manager at the time who embezzled $20,000 from the band during their tour for their previous release, Portrait of an American Family. Wiggins recorded an acoustic rendition of the song "Cake and Sodomy" under the title "White Trash". Manson stated the irony of having Wiggins "strum and twang a redneck version" of the song was "perfect for its message, since critiques southern Christian white trash"; the "One-Legged..." referred to in "Dancing with the One-Legged..." was "a battered doll of Huggy Bear, the pimp from the 1970s cop thriller television series and Hutch, missing a leg". Manson explains, "Inside that empty plastic socket was where we hid our drugs throughout the Tony Wiggins tour. Whenever we ingested the contents of that extra orifice, we referred to it in code as'dancing with the one-legged pimp'".
The untitled sixteenth track contains a slower, more ominous remix of "Shitty Chicken Gang Bang" and 6 minutes in, an unusual audio experiment sometimes referred to as "Poop Games." Early promotional copies of Smells Like Children featured unauthorized samples from the films Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as other sound bites considered "too extreme", therefore resulting in the track listing to be re-edited accordingly for public release, much to Manson's chagrin. Interscope was not interested in buying licenses to use the film samples and demanded written affidavits from the participants in the sound bites, certifying their consent to be recorded; the removed clips were the original opening track,"Abuse, Part 1", featuring the voices of Manson and Wiggins as they attempted to calm down a masochistic girl when things got out-of-control, "Abuse, Part 2", featuring an interview with a teenage girl who confesses to molesting her 7-year-old male cousin.
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Rob Zombie is an American musician and filmmaker. He is a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band, he is the older brother of Spider One, lead vocalist for American rock band Powerman 5000. Zombie's first solo effort was a song titled "Hands of Death" with Alice Cooper, which went on to receive a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. In 1997, he began working on his debut solo studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe, released in August 1998. A month Zombie disbanded White Zombie. Hellbilly Deluxe spawned three singles, he released a remix album, American Made Music to Strip By, the following year that contained songs from Hellbilly Deluxe. Zombie directed the horror film House of 1000 Corpses in 2000, though the controversial project was not released until 2003, his second studio album, The Sinister Urge, became his second platinum album in the United States. In 2003, Zombie released the Future. Zombie directed a direct sequel to his prior film House of 1000 Corpses.
The project received a more positive reception than its predecessor. His third studio album, Educated Horses, was a departure from his earlier recordings; the album became his third to enter the top ten of the Billboard 200, though saw a decrease in sales when compared to his previous releases. Deciding to focus on his directing career, Zombie directed the horror film Halloween, a remake of the 1978 horror classic of the same name; the film became Zombie's highest-grossing film to date, though was met with a negative critical reception. He directed Halloween II, which failed to match the success of its predecessor, he released the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto that same year. Zombie returned to music with the release of his fourth studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2; the album sold over 200,000 copies in the country. In 2012, Zombie released a second remix album and directed the horror film The Lords of Salem, released the following year, he released his fifth studio album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor the following year.
He directed the horror film 31 and has purchased the rights to a film about the NHL team Philadelphia Flyers, titled The Broad Street Bullies. Since the beginning of his music career, Zombie's music and lyrics have featured notable horror and sci-fi themes, his live shows have been praised for their elaborate shock rock theatricality. Since beginning his solo career, Zombie has sold an estimated fifteen million albums worldwide. Robert Bartleh Cummings was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965, he is the oldest son of Louise Cummings. His younger brother, Michael David Cummings, is the lead singer of the band Powerman 5000. Growing up, Cummings had a fascination with horror films and has stated that he always "wanted to be Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi and Stan Lee." His parents worked in a carnival, but they chose to leave after a riot broke out and tents were set on fire. Cummings recalled the experience in an interview, stating, "Everybody's pulling out guns, you could hear guns going off.
I remember this one guy we knew, he was telling us where to go, some guy just ran up to him and hit him in the face with a hammer – just busted his face wide open. My parents packed up real quick, we took off." Cummings graduated from Haverhill High School in 1983. He moved to New York City and began attending Parsons School of Design, where he met eventual girlfriend Sean Yseult. Before the success of White Zombie, he was a production assistant for the television series Pee-wee's Playhouse. Cummings and Yseult co-founded the band, they continued to work in the band together. The band released three extended plays to little success, with their debut studio album Soul-Crusher following in 1987 through the band's own record label, Silent Explosion, they released their second studio album two years to little commercial reaction. Yseult and Zombie ended their relationship in 1991 and Zombie began dating Sheri Moon shortly afterwards; the band caught the attention of Geffen Records following the release of their fourth extended play.
The album became the band's breakout hit, going on to sell over two million copies in the United States. Their first single, "Thunder Kiss'65", was released through the label in 1993. White Zombie's fourth and final studio album, Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head, became their first to enter the top ten of the Billboard 200. Cummings directed the music video for the album's single "More Human than Human" and would go on to direct all subsequent videos for the band. In 1996, Cummings changed his name to Rob Zombie. White Zombie released a remix album that year, marking their final release before their eventual disbandment. Zombie collaborated with Alice Cooper on the song "Hands of Death" for Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by the X-Files; the song was nominated in the category of Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards, though lost to Rage Against the Machine. White Zombie broke up in September 1998, with Zombie stating, "Sometimes a band just breaks up because the band has run its course a
Remix & Repent
Remix & Repent is a five-track EP from the Rock band Marilyn Manson. It was released on November 1997 during their Antichrist Superstar period, it features remixes of songs from Antichrist Superstar, live tracks recorded during the Dead to the World tour, an acoustic version of "Man That You Fear". Johnny Walker, in reviewing for MTV, summarized his review of the EP and the band's career thus far, "Those who would like to comfort themselves with the notion that Marilyn Manson is just a temporary aberration, an unpleasant interlude in their lives of waking sleep, overlook the fact that beyond all the outrage, this band is packing some musical dynamite." All lyrics written by Marilyn Manson