When White Zombie unleashed 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One' on the world in 1992, the album blew up, leaving a giant crater-like impression on metal and pop culture. Thanks to frontman Rob Zombie, this impact has also extended well into the visual realm.
With a background in the visual arts and an obsession for old horror films, Rob Zombie quickly got involved with the band's music videos. When he went solo in 1998, Zombie amped up the visuals, making videos that were often basically short films. Looking back, it's easy to see that he was gearing up to become a filmmaker. It's been over 20 years since his first music video aired on MTV, so we felt it was time to take a look back. This is our list of the 10 Best Rob Zombie Videos.
'We're an American Band'From: 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' (2013)
Rob Zombie and company included their take on the Grand Funk Railroad classic 'We're an American Band' on the 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' disc. The updated lyrics even gave a nod to Slayer guitarist Kerry King. As for the video, this clip serves as a very effective document of the energy and theatrics of the Zombie stage show circa 2013 and the types of dedicated fans, both dressed and slightly less-clothed, that turn out for his always entertaining performances.
'Thunder Kiss '65'From: 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One' (1992)
'Thunder Kiss '65' was the only official single from 'La Sexorcisto,' but it turned out to be enough to launch the band to stardom. MTV put the video into heavy rotation when it came out, and it received even more attention when it appeared in an episode of 'Beavis and Butthead.' With monsters and go-go dancers getting weird in the desert, it set the tone for all other Zombie-related videos that came after it.
'Return of the Phantom Stranger'From: 'Hellbilly Deluxe' (1998)
After the success of White Zombie, Rob Zombie set out on his own in 1998, releasing 'Hellbilly Deluxe.' The album was an instant classic, producing several hits. The video for 'Return of the Phantom Stranger' shows the band and Zombie performing in a dark graveyard, accompanied by an organist who needs to consult a dermatologist. This graveyard get down rocks and makes it a must for the 10 Best Rob Zombie Videos.
'Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)'From: 'The Sinister Urge' (2001)
You don't need to be a film student to figure out the inspiration for this song and video. 'Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy)' is Rob Zombie's ode to 'A Clockwork Orange,' complete with white outfits, eye makeup and the bizarre female-themed furniture. This video also features Zombie's very hot wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, who assists with vocals on the chorus. It's definitely one of the more stylized clips in the Zombie canon.
'Lords of Salem'From: 'Educated Horses' (2006)
The video for 'Lords of Salem' is an animated one, but this is no light-hearted cartoon. This horrific clip depicts a witch hunt where the hunters almost bite off more than they can chew. When they track down the witch, she sends a horde of the undead to block them. Which side emerges victorious? That's for you to see, but rest assured this clip is definitely entertaining.
'Dead City Radio and the New Gods of Supertown'From: 'Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor' (2013)
Rob Zombie and his crew decided to open up the throttle for the 'Dead City Radio' video. While it still has plenty of creepy and exotic elements you've come to expect from Zombie, like a break-dancing skeleton and a sword-balancing belly-dancer, it also adds an element of sci-fi. The video has a 'Beyond Thunderdome' vibe to it, from Rob's headphones and goggles, to the dust-covered nod of everything else in the clip.
'Black Sunshine'From: 'La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One' (1992)
It would sacrilegious to have a list of the 10 Best Rob Zombie Videos and not include 'Black Sunshine.' Punk legend Iggy Pop makes an appearance in the video, serving as the narrator of this story about a badass Ford Mustang. Shots of the starring vehicle cruising down the highway are intermingled with videos of White Zombie performing in the basement of a creepy old home. You would expect nothing less.
'Living Dead Girl'From: 'Hellbilly Deluxe' (1998)
'Living Dead Girl' is saturated with references to old horror films, allowing Zombie to showcase one of his biggest passions. The dedication to replicating the vibe and artistry of those old flicks is remarkable. This video also tips a hat to Zombie's circus family upbringing, as he plays a carnival barker hustling marks into a tent to witness the spectacle of the zombified lady.
'More Human Than Human'From: 'Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head' (1995)
There certainly was a time when the 'More Human Than Human' song and video seemed inescapable with its instantly recognizable slide riff. While the song was loosely inspired by the classic film 'Blade Runner,' the corresponding video took a different approach. Shots of White Zombie performing are spliced together with family film footage of young kids at a theme park, enjoying the holidays and people disguised in masks. It's equally nostalgic and creepy.
'Dragula'From: 'Hellbilly Deluxe' (1998)
Number one on our list of 10 Best Rob Zombie Videos is 'Dragula.' Zombie sings about a souped-up drag racer from an episode of the '60s TV show 'The Munsters.' In the video, the frontman speeds around in the Munsters' family car with some of his demon friends. These shots are mixed with some stock footage of kids and creepy clowns, making this video particularly unsettling.