Educated Horses

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Educated Horses
Studio album by Rob Zombie
Released March 28, 2006 (2006-03-28)
Recorded 2006 at The Chop Shop in Hollywood, CA
Genre Heavy metal, industrial metal, alternative metal, groove metal
Length 38:25
Label Geffen
Producer Scott Humphrey, Rob Zombie
Rob Zombie chronology
The Sinister Urge
(2001)
Educated Horses
(2006)
Hellbilly Deluxe 2
(2010)
Singles from Educated Horses
  1. "Foxy Foxy"
    Released: February 14, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

Educated Horses is the third album by Rob Zombie, released on March 28, 2006. A streaming "listening party" was held on MP3.com starting March 22, 2006, which caused advance copies to spread throughout P2P software programs.

In response to questions about what the album's title means, Rob Zombie said:

"It was a weird kind of phrase, like, that I remembered as something as a kid. You know, my parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, the whole family, were involved in carnival business and, like, circus business, so as a kid, we would get dragged to these things, and we'd have to spend all this time there. And that was just one of the attractions I remember, what they would call the trained animals, you know, educated horses."

It is long-time Rob Zombie bassist, Rob Blasko's final album with the band.

Production[edit]

Educated Horses can be described as Zombie's most experimental album to date. Writing for Rob Zombie for the first time, John 5 experimented with a number of acoustics, which can be heard on tracks such as "Sawdust in the Blood" and "Death of It All". "Foxy Foxy" is the most mainstream and "party-going" song that he has written yet, and its music video shows many attractive girls, including his wife Sheri Moon, dancing to the song.[citation needed] Yet the album still contains his signature horror tastes. "17 Year Locust" and "The Scorpion Sleeps" were both written about creepy-crawlies.

Rob Zombie has stated that the album had influences from glam rock artists like Slade, T. Rex, and Gary Glitter.[4]

Reception[edit]

The album debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, Zombie's highest chart position since Hellbilly Deluxe, selling about 120,000 copies in its first week. It also debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart.[5] In its second week it dropped to number fourteen, selling a further 46,720 copies.[6]

The song "The Lords of Salem" was nominated for the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance of 2008.[7]

Christian Hoard of Rolling Stone magazine had this to say:

Music videos[edit]

Zombie directed music videos for "Foxy Foxy" and "American Witch". Artist and animator David Hartman created two animated music videos, for "American Witch" and "The Lords of Salem".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Rob Zombie, John 5 and Scott Humphrey unless otherwise noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sawdust in the Blood"     1:22
2. "American Witch"     3:47
3. "Foxy Foxy"   Zombie, Humphrey 3:28
4. "17 Year Locust"     4:06
5. "The Scorpion Sleeps"     3:38
6. "100 Ways"     1:53
7. "Let It All Bleed Out"   Zombie, Humphrey 4:09
8. "Death of It All"     4:22
9. "Ride"     3:32
10. "The Devil's Rejects"     3:54
11. "The Lords of Salem"     4:13
Total length:
38:25

Personnel[edit]

Music

Recording & Other

  • Scott Humphrey – producer, mixing
  • Rob Zombie – producer
  • Tom Baker – mastering
  • Chris Baseford – engineer
  • Todd Harapiak – assistant engineer
  • Will Thompson – assistant engineer

Art & Design

  • Rob Zombie – art direction, package design, additional photos
  • Kristin Burns – photos
  • Drew Fitgerald – art direction

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (2006) Peak
position
The Billboard 200 5
Canadian Albums Chart 5
Top Internet Albums 5
Singles
Song Chart (2006) Peak
position
"Foxy Foxy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
Modern Rock Tracks 26
"American Witch" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
Modern Rock Tracks 32
"Let It All Bleed Out" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Educated Horses - Rob Zombie". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Collis, Clark (March 27, 2006). "Educated Horses Review". Entertainment Weekly. 
  3. ^ Hoard, Christian (April 5, 2006). "Rob Zombie: Educated Horses : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  4. ^ "70's, 80's & 90's Classic Rock, Soul & Pop Music Videos | VH1". VH1 Classic. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  5. ^ Katie Hasty, "T.I. Rules As 'King' Of Album Chart", Billboard.com, April 5, 2006.
  6. ^ Soundscan, "Soundscan / Billboard Top 200 Albums 04.12.06", Prince.org, April 14, 2006.
  7. ^ Grammy.com: 2009 Hard Rock nominees
  8. ^ Rolling Stone (2006-04-05). "Educated Horses review". Wenner Media. Retrieved 2006-04-05.