Gods on Voodoo Moon [1985]

Gods on Voodoo Moonis the debut release from New York based White Zombie.

Initially released in 1985 independently on White Zombie’s own label Silent Explosion, in 1989 it was reissued by Carolina Records as a cassette and featured two previously unreleased tracks “Black Friday” and “Dead or Alive“. It was limited to just 300 pressings, with 100 being sold.

However Sean Yseult “hand-photocopied 300 copies at the Parsons campus print shop in 1985.”

The EP featured White Zombiefounding members Rob Zombie– at the time credited on the album as Rob Straker – and Sean Yseult.  Paul “Ena” Kostabi featured on guitar and Peter Landau on drums – but it was their only appearance on a White Zombie release.

Gods on Voodoo Moon enjoyed a re-release in 2016 when Numero Group compiled it, with White Zombie EP’s, as part of the It Came From NYCretrospective box set.

According to Numero Group the album was “recorded in two hours as the cheapest studio in the phone book“.


EP Tracklist

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Title Length Lyrics Listen*
1 Gentleman Junkie 02:13
Priests gathered at the graves
No souls were saved, fooling
With the young man’s pain
The childs’ mind had gone insane
Born in heaven, raised in hell
An angel of death that never
Fell, trapped in a world I never
Made-I watch the sky turn black
And fade. The scene of the crime
Was empty-nothing left for you
To see, but you could hear the
Sound of the bodies breaking the ground
Plague of zombies run away-
Remember hell came today-Scream
Scream and scream again-my days
Of terror shall begin-. In the
Hills they beat a song of how
All was lost and – all was gone, see
The figures glowing in the night-shadows
Dancing in flaming light
2 King of Souls 02:19
I’m the Scarecrowman, I’m swingin’
Swingin’-I’m the Scarecrowman
Swingin’ swingin’ from the hangin’
Tree-the clock-clock-clock
On the wall is ticking away
My time-the sentence is
Past, now I’m paying for my
Crimes-I reach out-out for the
Hands of time, but they’re
Out of reach-I said I reach out-
Out for the setting sun but
It’s out-gone out of my reach-
The dust in the wind is blowing its
Way back to Horror Hill-little girls
Voodoo dolly sitting-on the windows sill-
The broken glass sparkles in the light-sign
On the door tells me No One Home Tonight-
Said I’m the Scarecrowman wasting
Away and I’m swingin’ swingin’
On the hangin’ tree
3 Tales From the Scarecrow Man 03:17
How big is life?
Can it ride like the butterfly?
Star in the dust
Rocketman
Supersky
Sugar the hill
Explode and never die
I think I will
Come on take it! High
I gotta, O yeah! So high
I gotta, O yeah! Come on! So loosely illustrated
A trick of light I demonstrated right to you what you do! How high is up?
Can it reach at the butterfly?
Rise in the howl hit me cold
Supersky
Witness the kill explode! Never die
I think I will
Come on take it! High
I gotta, O yeah! So high
I gotta, O yeah! Come on! So loosely illustrated
A trick of light I demonstrated right to you What you do! Yeah!
Deaf to the ear
Fat city sang
Bloody Ma growls
4 Cat’s Eye Resurrection 01:40
Blowing around, turning over and out
Blood into dreams and a supersonic high
Get running now
Two hours to die
What’s with this guy gonna think you’re alive
Yeah, I am the one
Destroying you, every mother’s son
Yeah, I am the one
King of the world as the devil’s son, yeah, yeah
I am alive, roll in my maze
Staying a step from the human race
The more I love, the more I die
The more I’m down, I wonder why
Yeah, I am the one
Destroying you, every mother’s son
Yeah, I am the one
King of the world as the devil’s son, yeah, yeah
Run baby, run baby, run away
Run baby, run, escape L.A
Who do you love, you wouldn’t know
I would kill, atomic flow
I am the one, demon red
American dreams explode in my head
Yeah, I am the one
Destroying you, every mother’s son
Yeah, I am the one
King of the world as the devil’s son, yeah, yeah
Run baby, run baby, run away
Run baby, run, escape L.A
Run baby, run baby, run away
Run baby, run, escape L.A
Run baby, run baby, run away (yeah, I am the one)
Run baby, run, escape L.A
Run baby, run baby, run away (yeah, I am the one)
Run baby, run, escape L.A
5 Black Friday* 03:08
I say when the world cracks open
And you’re my last go
And the blood in your eye
Falls to the floor
And there’s nowhere left for you to hide
Your endless parties then kick the dieView is from hell in a human zoo
Our lives in the streets are waiting for you
[Batter] is written across the bay
And the shadows merge into a violet face
And I ran to my window – What did I see?
I said to the man…
I said, are you really
Could you really be
Mister Joe JesusAw, and all the children scream in pain
And the bloody [skin] in the devil’s reign
And the burning bodies are piled high
Filled up flashes in the sky
And clouds of the smoke travel to the south
Solid scream in victim’s mouthAnd I ask you to your face
Are you really there
Why
I said why
Why is the sky turning black
Aw, and I ask am I
Coming backThe electrical fading light in the city’s [eyes went out of sight]
And there’s no one left to let me know
How it all goes away
And it all came down when it fellAnd it all came down when it fellAnd the sky’s gone wild
The sky got black
It all turns black on Fri-
FridayFri-day
 Streaming unavailable
6 Dead or Alive* 01:44
(One, two, three).
Am I dead or alive?
It’s time for me to make my stand.
Am I dead or alive?
Creature-man killer get her ready to fly.
Burn a cross. A hero, he’s gonna die.
I pick a man, target your head.
I pick up, pick up your dead.
Am I dead or alive?
I got blood on my hands.
Am I dead or alive?
Splashin’ from a screamin’ man.
Am I dead or alive?
Split skulls align the walls.
Great big baby hidin’ in the hall.
A brainless baby crime in the halls.
Split skulls linin’ the walls.
And the clock rolls over,
and I begin to fall, fall.
  Streaming unavailable

*Available on cassette release from 1989, not on original vinyl release


EP line up and details

PRODUCED BY:White Zombie
LENGTH:9:30
LABEL:Silent Explosion

LYRICS, INSERT ART, BACK COVER Rob Zombie
COVER PHOTO Sean Yseult
ENGINEERING Gary Dorfman
RECORDED AT Batcave Studios, New York City