Rob Zombie

Past, Present & Future

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Past, Present & Future is the first-ever Rob Zombie retrospective. The collection is steeped both visually and aurally in the scary monsters, sexy women, and schlock horror images that have always adorned Zombie's death's-head calling card; from a strictly musical standpoint, his turgid industrial sludge and beyond-the-grave vocals benefit greatly from the set's liberal editing. That's because Zombie has always had one fabulously filthy gear, and his pedal is always scraping the metal; Past's 19 tracks simply streamline his career's death race into one satisfying 2000-mile straightaway. "Thunder Kiss '65," "Dragula," and the incredible, impossible, wonderfully stupid "More Human Than Human" attack the eardrums with toxic vengeance; collaborations with Alice Cooper and Howard Stern approach the proto-industrial grind of KMFDM; and kooky covers of "I'm Your Boogieman" and "Brickhouse" run the originals' disco beat through a freaky fun house filled with lurid porn samples and booty-shaking bottom end. (The latter track even pulls poor Lionel Richie into a duet with Rob and raunchy Trick Daddy protégée Trina). "Pussy Liquor" is just dumb, but again, you have to be amazed at Zombie's ability to get away -- and even do well with -- such stupidity. After all, behind the dreads, monster makeup, and platform boots, Zombie is a likeable, talented creative with a flair for reinvention. Like so much of his source material, his work isn't meant for deep contemplation -- only chomping-at-the-bit consumption. That's why he can make it sound like he invented the word "Yeah!" In addition to its host of past guilty pleasures, Past, Present & Future includes two previously unreleased songs and a DVD with ten Zombie-directed music videos, three of them never before seen. Never known for his humbleness, Zombie also designed the accompanying full-color, 36-page booklet, which includes a bizarre photo timeline in which the Astrocreep seems to age 50 years in less than 20.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: White Zombie
3:54 Spotify
2
feat: White Zombie
4:49 Spotify
3
feat: White Zombie
4:30 Spotify
4
feat: White Zombie
4:29 Spotify
5
feat: White Zombie
3:37 Spotify
6
feat: White Zombie
4:27 Spotify
7 4:12 Spotify
8 3:54 Spotify
9 3:42 Spotify
10 3:22 Spotify
11 3:40 Spotify
12 3:53 Spotify
13 3:10 Spotify
14 3:44 Spotify
15 3:48 Spotify
16 4:46 Spotify
17 2:43 Spotify
18 3:02 Spotify
19 3:29 Spotify
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