Rob Zombie @ Past, Present & Future Review

Rob Zombie
Past, Present & Future
Geffen Records/Universal Music Group
2003

This 2-disc compilation features not only musical, but also video contents – the latter sector is entirely available on DVD format – from Rob Zombie’s earlier and current projects; in other words, songs and video-clips from his times as vocalist in White Zombie and in his self-titled solo assignment. As a particular extra, the first disc features 5 special appearances: one from Alice Cooper on Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn), Howard Stern on The Great American Nightmare, Iggy Pop on Black Sunshine and, ultimately, Lionel Ritchie and Trina on Brickhouse 2003, a cover version from the original Brickhouse track integrated in Rob’s House of 1000 Corpses film debut. Speaking on the subject of covers, this isn’t the only one here, as he also did his own adaptation of KC & The Sunshine Band’s I’m Your Boogie Man and The Ramones’ Blitzkrieg Pop. There’s another worth to be mentioned in the huge Feed the Gods track, firstly written for the Airheads motion picture and its consequent soundtrack. Apart from this dosage of exciting freakishness, there are a couple of new songs under the name of Two-Lane Blacktop and Girl on Fire, which present a supplementary electronic and peppy tonality that might stand for what Zombie will do in his upcoming studio endeavour.
Now, in relation to the second disc, or to say the DVD video toy chest, we’re presented with 10 moments of humour, oddness and over-the-top awkwardness, being 3 of them formerly unreleased, yet, I’m quite upset for the omission of one other video, but I deduce that must have had to do with copyright reasons. Both the image and sound value are fantastic – mainly on the older footage – and you won’t be able to notice any symptom of tedium over the disc’s display, since Rob laid all the cards on the table for this ride (even if he could have included a singular mini-interview or rare recording of some sort).
Alice Cooper once described Rob’s live rituals as “seeing every drop of ink coming to life in a tattoo parlour”, a linear note that comes within the disc’s booklet, and, with buddies like him and statements alike, it must be tough not to have a gifted career. Nonetheless, I believe his solo quest hasn’t yet beaten a work such as his second and final album for White Zombie, Astrocreep 2000: Songs of Love, Destruction and other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head.

Rob Zombie
Universal Music Group

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