Monday, June 11, 2012

White Zombie- Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds (1996): (47%)

UUUUUUUUUUUUWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH dissolves slowly into Charlie Clouser’s (of Nine Inch Nails fame, and that guy who did the music for the Saw films) woozy wall-of-dance interpretation of “Electric Head Pt. 2 (The Ecstasy),” which starts out with Zombie singing the chorus with all the nasal sigh of a teenage girl in a sloppily processed remix of Zombie’s already nasal-southernish tinge. For good, ill, or the money, this album exists. The massive success of singles like “More Human Than Human” and “Super Charger Heaven” are why the conception of this album was justified. Like every track on this remix/ripoff of one of my personal favorite albums, Astro Creep 2000, it has a good quality that gets weighed down by the mere notion of hiring the most arrogant DJ’s (Dust Brothers excluded, naturally) to experiment with Zombie’s vocals in ways you don’t really want to hear anyway. Of course, like all equally flawed tracks, some are more equal than others. I know I have a bias towards the Dust Brothers, but there’s a reason for that. Their interpretations of “I’m Your Boogie Man (Sex on the Rocks Mix)” and “Grease Paint and Monkey Brains” are some of the best mixes on this album. And yes, P.M. Dawn’s mix of “Blood, Milk & Sky” is tastefully seductive too. Given that the title is Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds, I’d imagine this is/was a favorite among DJ’s at strip clubs. Maybe the release of the album itself is a marketing test meant to see how many hardcore fans White Zombie has; really, who among them would purchase this album? As far as I know, it was probably White Zombie’s last collaboration. How’s that for bittersweet irony? *Editor’s note: it was actually, “Ratfinks, Suicide Tanks and Cannibal Girls” off of the Beavis & Butthead Do America soundtrack. I should probably also warn the wary consumer at this point and mention that if you haven’t heard or don’t already love Astro Creep, and hate dance club music (I don’t want to imagine what this sounds like on ecstasy), you will more than likely hate this album, especially if you decide to try to listen to it all in one sitting. But it is another vital part of my childhood, so I have to acknowledge that it has been with me throughout the years and damn it all if I’m not overly sentimental. That, and it’s got nude girls in 60’s style pictorials that are quite tasteful in their homage. So it’s got that going for it too. Going back to its possible fishing for hardcore White Zombie fans, I’m pretty sure putting a smoking hot nude girl in a hammock would allure any guy with hormones. Otherwise, (besides the mixes I praised earlier) there’s little reason to include this in your collection.

Music: 5
Lyrics: 5
Length: 4
Meaning: 4
Significance: 5
Overall Impression: 5 

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