For The Love Of Music: White Zombie

White Zombie’s 1992 album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume 1.

Having come of age during the time that cassettes and CD’s ruled, there are several albums in which I owned both formats. This was either because I finally had the money to afford a kickass Discman, or….and what was more likely the case……the tape got eaten and was worn out from multiple plays. (Man oh man tapes really were the worst format ever, the fact that some people are trying to bring them back tells me that they never lived through the tape era…but I digress… )

In high school, White Zombie’s 1992 album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume 1 is an album that was on constant rotation. Like just about everyone else, I had never heard of the band before the video to “Thunderkiss ’65” showed up on an episode of “Beavis and Butthead“. The video had everything that a kid could want: Hot chicks, awesome music, muscle cars, 60’s B movie imagery…pure radness. Needless to say, I was sold and picked up the album the very next day!

It’s tough to break down my favorite songs on the album because the entire thing is solid. But here are my top four in no particular order

“Starface”

After hearing this song at least 1000 times I still have no idea what 99 percent of the lyrics are. But it really doesn’t matter because the vocal melodies and music are so kickass that it really doesn’t matter.

“Thrust”

Mix Rob Zombies love for the word “Yeah” and some old movie sound clips and this song will make anyone keep the pedal smashed to the floorboard!

“Black Sunshine”

Probably the second most popular song on the album, right after “Thunderkiss ’65” and with good reason. The driving bass line is what really makes the song a standout. The song makes you want to choke slam anyone who looks at you the wrong way.

“Thunderkiss ’65”

I’d be a jerk for not including this song in my list. I don’t care how popular the song was and how often it was played….it is a fantastic song! It’s heavy with ton of groove. I mean what’s not to love about it?!?

Like I said this album is fantastic all the way through and for anyone who wants to hear the best version of White Zombie, this is it! They have just enough of the older WZ freak out elements and a dab of their last full sample ridden album Astrocreep 2000. Andy Wallace, who seemed to have produce most of my favorite albums of the 90’s, did a fantastic job. The album is definitely “produced” but it still manages to sound raw.

Do yourself a favor and pick this album up!

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