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Past, Present & Future

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Rob Zombie 9/23/2003

Review

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. ~ Johnny Loftus
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Thunder Kiss '65 Rob Zombie 3:54
  3. 2 Black Sunshine Rob Zombie 4:48
  4. 3 Feed the Gods White Zombie 4:29
  5. 4 More Human Than Human Rob Zombie 4:27
  6. 5 Super Charger Heaven Rob Zombie 3:36
  7. 6 I'm Your Boogie Man [Cover] Rob Zombie 4:25
  8. 7 Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn) Rob Zombie 4:11
  9. 8 The Great American Nightmare Rob Zombie 3:53
  10. 9 Dragula Rob Zombie 3:43
  11. 10 Living Dead Girl Rob Zombie 3:22
  12. 11 Superbeast Rob Zombie 3:39
  13. 12 Feel So Numb Rob Zombie 3:51
  14. 13 Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) Rob Zombie 3:9
  15. 14 Demon Speeding Rob Zombie 3:43
  16. 15 Brick House 2003 Rob Zombie 3:48
  17. 16 Pussy Liquor Rob Zombie 4:46
  18. 17 Blitzkrieg Bop Rob Zombie 2:42
  19. 18 Two-Lane Blacktop Rob Zombie 3:0
  20. 19 Girl on Fire Rob Zombie 3:28
  21. 1 Thunder Kiss '65 White Zombie null:null
  22. 2 More Human Than Human White Zombie null:null
  23. 3 Dragula Rob Zombie null:null
  24. 4 Living Dead Girl Rob Zombie null:null
  25. 5 Superbeast Rob Zombie null:null
  26. 6 Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) Rob Zombie null:null
  27. 7 Feel So Numb Rob Zombie null:null
  28. 8 Demonoid Phenomenon Rob Zombie null:null
  29. 9 Return of the Phantom Stranger Rob Zombie null:null
  30. 10 Spookshow Baby Rob Zombie null:null

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