In celebration of my new ebook release A Bar Tender Tale, where my hero Nathan is infatuated with rock bands and B-movies, this blog post is dedicated to Bands Who Love B-Movies.
“Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?”
Quote - Lady Frankenstein, sampled in Rob Zombie's single Living Dead Girl.
White Zombie (Rob Zombie's original rock band) formed in the 1980s in New York, and achieved breakthrough success with 1992 album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1.
Their sound has been described as “groove rock” and features samples from various cult B-movies and horror films.
From Astro Creep: 2000, iconic rock tune More Human Than Human features some awesome slide guitar action. Warning, video features strobe effects.
White Zombie the band took their name after White Zombie the 1932 horror film. Here is the original poster, featuring Bela “Dracula” Lugosi!
Another band somewhat obsessed with horror, are American punk legends The Misfits, originally formed in the 1970s.
Check out 1999 album Famous Monsters, with songs like Scream!, Crawling Eye, Lost In Space and The Forbidden Zone, you can see where their influences lie!
The band's well known logo of the grinning skull, as pictured here....
….is taken from 1946 horror movie, The Crimson Ghost.
Here are some original posters, where you can see the grinning skull costume of The Crimson Ghost himself.
And I particularly like these shots from the movie, below!
In this Misfits video for Dig Up Her Bones, their version of The Crimson Ghost pops up throughout.
How many times can you spot him??
And finally, The Cramps!
Everyone's favourite surf, garage, sleaze rock band! This is one of their most recognisable album covers, 1997 Big Beat From Badsville -featuring guitarist Poison Ivy.
With killer songs like You Got Good Taste, Bikini Girls With Machine Guns, and their cover of Fever (as featured on the sound track of 1987 vampire movie NearDark) this band are a must for any rock fan's music collection.
One of their more well known tracks, Human Fly, doesn't actually have a video but this is a fan made video featuring clips of horror movie The Fly, to the album version of the song.
Movie poster for original 1958 horror movie The Fly.
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A Bar Tender Tale
Twenty-two year old barman Nathan is always the odd one out.
It's tough to get a date when his love of loud music, tattoos, and zombie paraphernalia usually sends potential candidates running for the hills.
Trying to find anyone who wants to spend time with him, let alone stay in and watch trashy horror movies, has always been a problem.
Then, on his day off, Nathan does a friend a favor by covering a shift at a pub, and in walks a handsome stranger who shares his love of horror.
It could be a match made in B-movie heaven, and Nathan is determined to pursue this new acquaintance, but—zombies aside—has Nathan got the guts to go on a real date?
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