Living Dead Girl

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"Living Dead Girl"
Single by Rob Zombie
from the album Hellbilly Deluxe
Released 1999
Format CD single,
Vinyl
Recorded 1998 at Chop Shop Hollywood, CA
Genre Industrial metal, shock metal
Length 3:22
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rob Zombie
Scott Humphrey
Producer(s) Rob Zombie
Scott Humphrey
Rob Zombie singles chronology
"Dragula"
(1998)
"Living Dead Girl"
(1999)
"Superbeast"
(1999)
Hellbilly Deluxe track listing
"Dragula"
(3)
"Living Dead Girl"
(4)
"Perversion 99"
(5)

"Living Dead Girl" is the second single from Rob Zombie's solo debut Hellbilly Deluxe. It was named after Jean Rollin's 1982 film. The line, "Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?" in the beginning of the song is from the trailer of the film, Lady Frankenstein. The music in the beginning of the song is taken from the trailer of the Wes Craven film, The Last House on the Left. The spoken words "What are you thinking about?/The same thing you are" at the beginning of the verses are taken from the 1971 film Daughters of Darkness. In this song, Zombie sings, "Goldfoot's machine creates another fiend so beautiful they make you kill". This relates to the villain played by Vincent Price in the 1965 film Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and the 1966 film Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs. Also, he sings "Operation Filth they love to love the wealth of an SS whore making scary sounds." This is possibly a reference to the notorious 1974 film Ilsa: She-Wolf of the SS.

The song also appears on Rob Zombie's Past, Present & Future, the greatest hits album The Best of Rob Zombie, and a remix is contained on American Made Music to Strip By. The original mix was featured in both Bride of Chucky and Gus Van Sant's Psycho remake, appearing on the album of the latter, the "Naked Exorcism Mix" appeared on the The Crow: Salvation Soundtrack in 2000. The song was covered by Sinus Giddy for The Electro-Industrial Tribute to Rob Zombie in 2002. Also a version of the song is played in a club in the TV show Angel, while the character Faith tears apart a dance club. The sleeve for the CD single features an image of Rob Zombie's wife, Sheri Moon.

A trance remix of the song also featured on the English trailer for the film Day Watch in late 2007.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Living Dead Girl" derives its imagery from a 1920 silent film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari , with Zombie in the role of The Doctor and Sheri Moon in the place of The Living Dead Girl. The video imitates the appearance of aged, silent films, using intertitles and artificially grainy and herky-jerky images. Like Caligari, it also uses black and white film that has been tinted sepia, aqua and violet for expressionistic effect. The video was directed by both Joseph Kahn and Rob Zombie.

Personnel[edit]

  • Tom Baker - Mastering
  • Paul DeCarli - Additional Programming
  • Frank Gyner - Additional Engineering
  • Scott Humphrey - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Programming
  • Chris Lord-Alge - Additional Mixing
  • Blasko - Bass
  • Riggs - Guitar
  • Tempesta - Drums
  • Rob Zombie - Vocals, Lyrics, Artwork
  • Sheri Moon Zombie - Living Dead Girl

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
Position
Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
Modern Rock Tracks 22

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