Yes, yes, I know this record is fifteen years old, but I can tell you at the beginning of January, my six-year-old son Wyatt began his first true obsession with a rock artist, and that rock artist would be Rob Zombie. One day I was hanging out with him and he looked at me and he said “Dada, can you play that song that goes ‘Hey YEAH, blah blah blah blah blah blah blah?’”
I thought to myself, “Is that Rob Zombie? I’ve never played Rob Zombie for him.” He said our babysitter played it for him. “Okay, sure buddy.” I played him “Superbeast,” showed him the “Dragula” video, and man, after seeing that, it was like a light went off in his head! I have never seen him freak out so hard over any music like this, not even mine!! So between the look, the moves, the makeup, the dreads, the race cars, and the monsters, WOW!! My son Wyatt flipped his LID for Rob Zombie.
He then got my nine-year-old, Zander, into it and as a result, for the last eleven months now, I have had to listen to Hellbilly Deluxe about 300 times! Not to mention that I toured with Zombie all summer! AGH! But the fact is I got back into Rob Zombie and this record especially all over again.
Listening to the songs and kind of hearing them in a new way through my kids’ eyes and hearing them in a new way through my own ears fifteen years later really made me realize there are some classic songs on there. “Superbeast,” “Dragula,” “Spookshow Baby,” “Phantom Stranger,” “Demonoid Phenomenon.” The kids didn’t like “Living Dead Girl,” which was a surprise as it was such a big hit. One of the things that I really enjoyed was just listening to the simplicity of it. The simple-yet-heavy beats, simple-but-heavy riffs, cool, mindless-yet-provocative lyrics. I never realized how much cool electronics were on it. Zombie had it all on this one.
Fifteen years on, this record still a fucking badass record, and I have my sons Wyatt and Zander to thank for getting me back into it all over again.”
THINGS I LIKE
- when people use my name in conversation
- when people say “this reminded me of you!”
- when people remember little things i say/do
- when people genuinely thank me for things i’ve done for them
- when i think of the same thing at the same time as someone else and you give each other the look