Thunder Kiss '65

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"Thunder Kiss '65"
Single by White Zombie
from the album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1
B-side "Welcome to Planet Motherfucker/Psychoholic Slag"
Released 1992-1993
Format CD single, vinyl
Recorded May 1991 at 321 Studios, New York City
Genre Heavy metal, groove metal
Length 3:30
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Rob Zombie
White Zombie
Producer(s) Andy Wallace
White Zombie singles chronology
"Thunder Kiss '65"
(1992)
"Black Sunshine"
(1992)
Music video
Thunder Kiss '65 at Youtube.com
La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 track listing
"Knuckle Duster (Radio 1-A)"
(Track 2)
"Thunder Kiss '65"
(Track 3)
"Black Sunshine"
(Track 4)

"Thunder Kiss '65" is the only official single from the album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 by White Zombie. The song can also be found on Rob Zombie's Past, Present & Future and the greatest hits album The Best of Rob Zombie.

Samples[edit]

The audio samples "You're all shook up, aren't you baby?" and "I never try anything; I just do it. Wanna try me?" are taken from the 1965 movie Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Reception[edit]

The single was released three times as a single before it gained the attention of Mike Judge and its video was aired on Beavis and Butt-head in 1993.[1] The popularity of the single resulted in White Zombie's first Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance later that year. In May 2006, the song was ranked #32 on VH1's list, '40 Greatest Metal Songs'.[2]

Music video[edit]

The support MTV provided by playing the "Thunder Kiss '65" music video increased the band's popularity greatly (especially after having been played during the MTV animated series Beavis and Butthead on the episode "Yogurt's Cool"). The video was directed by Juliet Cuming and features the band playing the song out in a desert with dancers and monsters. According to Rob, it is the lowest budgeted music video released by the band.[3]

Appearances[edit]

Covers[edit]

  • The song has been covered by Godsmack during a live performance.
  • The song has been covered by Fear Factory in a medley of cover songs.
  • The band Radio Cult released a cover of the song on their album Grooves from the Grave in 2008.
  • "Thunder Kiss '65" was recorded by Catch 22 for the White Zombie tribute album Super-Charger Hell in 2000.
  • Similar style guitar solo can be heard in the Blood Stain Child song "Truth" from their 2005 album Idolator.

First single track listing (1992)[edit]

  1. "Thunder Kiss '65 (LP Version)" - 3:54
  2. "Welcome to Planet Motherfucker/Psychoholic Slag (LP Version)" - 6:21

Second single track listing (1993)[edit]

  1. "Thunder Kiss '65 (Finger on the Trigger Remix)" - 6:19
  2. "Welcome to Planet Motherfucker/Psychoholic Slag (LP Version)" - 6:21
  3. "Black Sunshine (Indestructible "Sock It to Me" Psycho-Head Mix)" - 4:58
  4. "Thunder Kiss '65 (The Diabolical Ramrodder Remix)" - 6:17

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Mainstream Rock 14 [4]
RIANZ Singles Chart 47 [5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Gauntlet interviews Sean Yseult; last accessed April 5, 2008.
  2. ^ "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by VH1.com; last accessed September 10, 2006.
  3. ^ RockNet Interviews Rob Zombie, cited September 25, 2009
  4. ^ Billboard.com single charts for White Zombie
  5. ^ austriancharts.at charts.org.nz, New Zealand charts for White Zombie