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Everywhere you look, you will find plenty of people who seem to not only prefer White Zombie to Rob's solo output, but they seem to really want to make their opinions known all the while. As if they go out of their way to try and say that Rob's music now sucks. You are not permitted to reply on this forum. Login...
There is a lot of discuss and analyze about this. Some of these people might legitimately prefer WZ over RZ, but for the most part, I don't think these people are fans at all. I believe the word "fan" has some strength to it. There certainly must be a difference between a fan and a casual listener. When you don't like what a band has released for the last 15 years, but you happen to like one, maybe two albums from over 20 years ago, you aren't really a fan. You haven't liked the vast majority of the artist's output.
The thing that people don't seem to realize is that Rob was still the brains of the outfit in White Zombie. Of course I don't know what all happened during the writing process of those songs.. I wasn't there. But I do know that Rob wrote all the lyrics and I would feel comfortable that he has a very deep hand in what the music was. He might have had to compromise his vision slightly, but he's not going to release something that he's not proud of. He was the one responsible for the music video's. I'm sure he was the one to hand select and edit in the samples of horror films within the songs. I bet he arranged the songs. He probably had some riffs by J and Yseult that he cut together to fit what he decided to sing over it. My point is, writing music is a very hands on process, and from what we know of Rob Zombie, he would't take something like that lightly. He cares very much about his art.
Many may not agree with me on this one, but I don't really look at it as two bands. I realize that Rob Zombie's solo releases sound VERY different for the most part from what White Zombie sounded like, but I just few it as an artists natural progression. Really, every one of his solo albums have sounded completely different too. Did anyone think Educated Horses was from a different band than the one who made Hellbilly Deluxe? Of course not. It's just Rob's vision. All of it. These White Zombie fanatics really ought to give his solo work another listen. As Rob said in a recent facebook post, he doesn't have a time machine. Lol. There is no going backwards. Why are these people even bothering still following his career if they hate everything he's done post White Zombie? That's not being a fan at all. That's like a hater basically. Not that they have to like everything. But when they go out of their way to complain, it's a little odd. I absolutely LOVE Astro Creep and LaSexorcisto. But you know what? I love all of his solo stuff too. And at this point, he's got more amazing material from Rob Zombie than he does under the White Zombie name. Maybe White Zombie would have continued making great albums. But they didn't. So, we are left with 25 amazing White Zombie songs (plus a handful of soundtrack and covers) vs 5 amazing Ro Zombie albums (and a ton of soundtrack songs/covers). We are lucky Rob still plays ANY White Zombie songs live. He certainly doesn't have to. I'd kill to hear Grease Pain and Monkey Brains live. But you know what? Whatever. It's all good. His new album, Venomous Rat, is one of his best albums ever as far as I'm concerned.
In conclusion, there shouldn't be a White Zombie VS Rob Zombie amongst fans. It should be White Zombie AND Rob Zombie. It's all great stuff. And if you think he only had a handful of good songs like 18 years ago....your not really a fan of this band. You are a casual listener who...happens to like a handful of songs out of a bands extensive career.
So, to all of you I ask: Do you prefer White Zombie or Rob Zombie? and why? Or, are you like me and see it as one giant collage of great Zombie tunes. Pretty damn equal.
Discuss the differences of White Zombie and Rob Zombie and your likes and dislikes of each.
Everywhere you look, you will find plenty of people who seem to not only prefer White Zombie to Rob's solo output, but they seem to really want to make their opinions known all the while. As if they go out of their way to try and say that Rob's music now sucks.
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