Rob Zombie first became popular as the founding member of the metal band White Zombie but also became known as a director, screenwriter, and film producer.
Zombie also pursued a solo career in music and his first attempt was with song, Hand of Death (Burn Baby Burn), which he sang with Alice Cooper. The song earned him a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. Then, Zombie proceeded with recording his debut solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe, which came out in the market in 1998. He disbanded White Zombie and continued his solo career with his album selling three million copies worldwide and three singles.
His next albums were The Sinister Urge (2001), which became platinum in the US, the compilation album, Past, Present, & Future (2003), Educated Horses (2006), Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010), Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (2013).
Zombie was also known for directing films, including House of 1000 Corpses (2000), which was not released until 2003, The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Halloween (2007), the animated film, The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2007), and The Lords of Salem (2012).
LIFE AND EARLY CAREER OF ROB ZOMBIE
Born as Robert Bartleh Cummings, Rob Zombie was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965 to his parents, Robert and Louise Cummings. He has a brother, Michael David Cummings, the lead singer of Powerman 5000. Zombie has always liked Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi, and StanLee, and he has an inclination toward horror movies. Zombie went to Haverhill High School and Parsons School of Design.
Zombie and his former girlfriend, Sean Yseult, founded the band, White Zombie. The band managed to release three Eps and two albums under the band’s own record label, Silent Explosion. Under Geffen Records, the band released another EP and their third album, which finally became a hit and sold over two million copies in the US. The band’s first single was Thunder Kiss ’65, which was also released under Geffen Records.
The band’s final album was Astro-Creep: 2000 – Songs of Love, Destruction and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head (1995), which entered the Billboard 200. Zombie directed the music videos for the band’s music, including that of More Human than Human (1995), until the disbandment of White Zombie.
Before the disbandment of White Zombie, Zombie worked with Alice Cooper on the song Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn), which earned a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards.
ROB ZOMBIE’S SOLO MUSIC CAREER
Before his band was dissolved, Zombie was already working on his first solo album, Hellbilly Deluxe: 13 Tales of Cadaverous Cavorting Inside the Spookshow International (1998). The album was hit, reaching the Billboard 200 and becoming Zombie’s highest selling album to date. The album led to the release of three singles and remix album, American Made Music to Strip By (1999).
Zombie also established his own record label, Zombie-A-Go-Go Records, which would be releasing albums for the bands The Bomboras and the Ghastly Ones. The label also released Zombie’s Rob Zombie Presents the Words &Music of Frankenstein (1999).
Zombie’s first directed movie should have been The Crow: 2037 but the film was never realized. Instead, Zombie would first direct the House of 1000 Corpses, which was not released until after a few years because of the film’s violent content.
Aside from his film project, Zombie’s song Superbeast, was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, and the song Scum of the Earth was part of the Mission: Impossible II soundtrack.
In 2001, Zombie released his second studio album, The Sinister Urge. With the single Feel So Numb, the album was also a hit, selling over one million copies in the US.
Zombie eloped with his girlfriend, Sheri Moon, in 2012. Afterward, he finally got Lions Gate Entertainment to release the House of 1000 Corpses. The film was negatively reviewed, though it managed to gain a cult following. The soundtrack of the film hit the 53rd spot on the Billboard 200.
Zombie also released a compilation album, Past, Present, & Future, in 2003, featuring songs of White Zombie, Zombie’s songs from his solo albums, and some new material. The album was also a commercial success and sold over a million copies.
Aside from directing and making music, Zombie also created a comic book series, Spookshow International, which was released in 2003. It was followed by The Nail in 2004 and Bigfoot in 2005.
Zombie’s next movie was The Devils Rejects (2005), the sequel to the House of 1000 Corpses. The film received mixed reviews but also managed to gain a cult following. The movie was also accompanied by release of The Devils Rejects comics.
Zombie’s third album was Educated Horses (2006) and was included in the top ten of Billboard 200. Though the album received mixed reviews, the song The Lords of Salem was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.
In 2006, Zombie released his first official greatest hits album, The Best of Rob Zombie, which was re-released as The Best of Rob Zombie: 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection. The album was gold certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and hit the 166th spot on the Billboard 200.
Zombie also released a live album, Zombie Live.
ZOMBIE’S CONTINUED CAREER IN FILM
Zombie directed the remake of the horror classic, Halloween, which was a hit during its Labor Day weekend release. However, the film was negatively reviewed by most critics. The film was followed by Halloween II, which was directed and written by Zombie as well. The film was not received positively.
The same day as Halloween II’s release, Zombie and Jesse Dayton released the album Rob Zombie Present Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures under Zombie-A-Go-Go Records.
Zombie’s next project was the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto, which was released in a limited number of theaters in 2009.
ZOMBIE’S CONTINUED CAREER
Zombie continued his music career with the release of Hellbilly Deluxe 2: Noble Jackals, Penny Dreadfuls and the Systematic Dehumanization of Cool in 2010. The album received mixed to positive reviews and it also prompted Zombie’s Hellbilly Deluxe 2 World Tour.
Zombie launched Whatever Happened to Baron Von Shock? In 2010, which would be the last of his comic book series. His next project, The Lords of Salem, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.
His second remix album, Mondo Sex Head, was launched in 2012 under Geffen Records. Zombie’s next album, Venomous Rate Regeneration Vendor was released in 2013, which also debuted at the top ten list of Billboard 200.
Zombie’s succeeding projects included the Great American Nightmare (2013) haunted attraction, which included references to his films, the video album, The Zombie Horror Picture Show (2014), and his second live album, Spookshow International: Live (2015).
Zombie’s latest album, Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser came out in April 2016. He also directed the movie 31, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.