1989


Title: Disaster Blaster

Artist: White Zombie

Album: Make Them Die Slowly (“Disaster Blaster 2” was on an EP “God Of Thunder”)

Year Released: 1989

What It Is: Is this where White Zombie crossed the line from barely intelligible, poorly produced, horror based metal to competent, coherent, horror based metal? Perhaps. But the production is still rotten – it sounds like the group was trapped in an empty corn silo to record the track. (Disaster Blaster 2 sounds better – it also introduces the infamous movie samples White Zombie used in their major label records – but the tempo drags and Rob Zombie doesn’t sound interested in remaking the song on that version.)

Riffage / Hookage: John Ricci (soon replaced by Jay Yuenger, who manned the riffs for their major label releases) spewed out some fine riffs. But I can’t tell if bassist / Zombie-girlfriend Sean Yseult is on the track thanks to the lousy production. It’s not like she can’t play – she can – the echoey mess hides her lines.

Cowbell?: Oh, no, not here, because it would echo all over the place. Who produced this mess, anyway? Ah, Bill Laswell. Interesting choice? Someone said it was a tax writeoff.

Words Of Wisdom: “Creature of destruction
Laughing dead corruption
Challenge to survive
Love butcher alive”

Oh, that’s precious. They should make a Hallmark card with those lyrics!

Mixology Report: Wow, it’s tough. The song kicks ass but the production is so bad it may turn people off.

Top Five Genius Results: Twist Of Cain – Danzig
To Live Is To Die – Metallica
Too Many Puppies – Primus
Seasons In The Abyss – Slayer
Hello Again – The Cars

(One of these things is not like the other…one of these things just doesn’t belong.)

For The Good Of The Order: White Zombie signed to Geffen, recorded two successful albums and then, Rob Zombie decides to move on. He was always a multi-media person anyway, but I think his music has suffered without White Zombie around, and his films are an acquired taste. Yseult and Zombie broke up in the mid-90’s and now she’s a designer based in New Orleans.

Here’s a classic clip of pre-fame White Zombie (with Yuenger on guitar). Just look at the hair fly! Yseult has definitely got the hair flip down, doesn’t she?

Title: When I Win The Lottery

Artist: Camper Van Beethoven

Album: Key Lime Pie

Year Released: 1989

What It Is: A late period CVB masterpiece, where the songs are still funny, but a bit more stretched out and thought through, although the wacky genre schizophrenia is gone. At any rate, it’s still darn good stuff.

Riffage / Hookage: A good acoustic guitar theme throughout and some very nice fiddle work from Morgan Fichter, who replaced Jonathan Segal on this record.

Cowbell?: Nah.

Words Of Wisdom: “And when I win the lottery

Gonna buy Post 306 American Legion

Paint it red with five gold stars”

When I first heard those lyrics, I had a cow. How subversive can you be? Wouldn’t it be a trip to see an American Legion or VFW post with the trappings of Communist China? I’d probably add a portrait of Mao on the side as well.

Mixology Report: Oh, yes. It can fit in most places. Just be sure you give this one to someone with a sense of humor about politics and Communists. But I think all of my mixes would have to be given to those with a sense of humor, period!


For The Good Of The Order: They had a tempestuous career in the 80’s, with band members leaving and coming into the band, and finally a side project (The Monks of Doom) split the band up entirely, leaving David Lowery to form Cracker. Now, they’re back and actually meld all of their personas and tour around as both CVB and Cracker, and many band members have their own band. It’s a living.

A static video, but here’s the song via You Tube!