White Zombie doing Rocket Ride in 1988

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White Zombie doing Rocket Ride in 1988

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It doesn't sound that great but they were really ahead of the curve on this. Weirdo underground bands weren't supposed to admit they liked KISS. I know they weren't the first or only band to do it, there were the Lemonheads and Redd Kross and the Replacements...but still. White Zombie were a different kind of band. There was nothing conventionally 'rock' about them at this time. They were a noise band. So for them to be pulling out a Rocket Ride cover in 1988...that's not the expected move. And they did other songs too, God of Thunder, War Machine. Probably more.


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Very fucking cool! Thank you for posting this, my friend.
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First time I've heard this, not a fan of the band by any means. But this was fun, sounds like a parody to me, sort of like Sonny Bono trying to be "cool with the kids".
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Never heard this before..thanks for posting it.
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Wow...can't believe I never knew this Love White Zombie.
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Coolest thing I have heard in a long time. Thanks for posting!
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It sounds like everything off the Hard To Believe covers comp from 1990 that featured a bunch of bands no one has ever heard of, like Nirvana.
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WZ are one of my favourite bands. Their show supporting Danzig at the Town & Country Club in London back in 1992 remains one of the best live performances I've ever seen. Can't believe that's almost 30 years ago now.
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This might be the full show.
Some guy's review and a link after.

https://dynamitehemorrhage.com/2013/01/ ... derground/
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gappvembe wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 10:05 am This might be the full show.
Some guy's review and a link after.

https://dynamitehemorrhage.com/2013/01/ ... derground/
Awesome find. Thank you!
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Am I alone in thinking this sucks? I actually like White Zombie, but this sounds horrible.
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I said right in the first post it didn't sound that great. But as I also said, White Zombie weren't really a conventional rock band back then.


For those who may be unfamiliar with what early White Zombie sounds like here is their first album.


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...Or "how to ruin a great song". :( :( :( :flower:
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In the Suds wrote: Mon Aug 02, 2021 12:13 pm I said right in the first post it didn't sound that great. But as I also said, White Zombie weren't really a conventional rock band back then.


For those who may be unfamiliar with what early White Zombie sounds like here is their first album.


Yeah, THAT band sucks...IMO. I think Astro-Creep: 2000 is fantastic and La Sexcorcisto is solid, but the album above, what I skimmed of it...not a fan.
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Sean Yseult in Ultimate Classic Rock

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We’re a classic rock site, so of course we have to ask about your cover of “God of Thunder.” Were you a big Kiss fan?

I liked Kiss, but I only remembered the hits as a child. When I met Rob, though, he was a huge Kiss fan. So from day one in White Zombie, we always learned a Kiss song, every time we played at CBGBs or wherever on the lower east side. All the people would just look at us like we were crazy: "Why are they doing this?" He loved Kiss. We used to play War Machine and Rocket Ride. That was a big influence for us, but it started with Rob


Did Gene Simmons or Paul Stanley ever give you any feedback about your version?

Yeah, it was really cool we got to go see them do a big stadium show, when were were being courted by Geffen. They took us backstage to meet them. We were afraid they wanted to sue us, that was the rumor. And there were Gene and Paul towering two feet over us, wearing their platform boots. And they were so nice, they were super cool, had no problem. I think Gene liked having a little extra attention from whatever weird world we were coming from. He was very kind about it, no slack at all.



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