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You have to start with Rob Zombie. Rob Zombie’s like my little brother. Live, he’s fantastic. if you’re gonna go see an extravaganza, sort of like a media blitz on your brain, it’s Rob Zombie. He knows his stuff when it comes to all things dark and scary. But he’s got a great sense of humor about it. We went on tour together, and we watched the same movies. He and I (along with Tim Burton) agree, most horror movies are comedies. They’re so over-the-top if you’re not laughing there’s something wrong with you.
Gwar! Love Gwar. Gwar is just so over-the-top ridiculous that they’re wonderful. I mean, what band has their own factory where they build their own costumes? You’ve gotta give it to them for taking it to the ultimate limit. They are really out there
Black Veil Brides
There’s one young band out there that’s doing something right: Black Veil Brides. They’re sort of like Mötley Crüe/Alice Cooper junior. But they’re a pretty good idea of style and look and everything, sort of like the brand new Sunset Strip. Iif Motley Crue had children, it would be these guys. Sleek, very made-up, very rock ‘n’ roll dark, scary creepy. A good rock ‘n’ roll band. A good, snotty rock ‘n’ roll band.
Marilyn! Marilyn Manson. Marilyn Manson has a built-in creepiness to him that you can’t deny. He’s a modern day modern-day monster, like me and Rob Zombie. We’re sort of the new monsters. Marilyn’s got a pretty good touch for the whole thing.
Trent’s great because he’s carrying it, but at the same time he’s kind of futuristically scary, kind of hi-tech scary. In a strange way, anybody you can’t really pin down what they’re doing, that’s always interesting to me. Trent Reznor falls into that category.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 31, 2012