Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead

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Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead
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Studio album by Wednesday 13
Released April 12, 2005
Genre Horror punk, heavy metal, gothic metal
Length 51:12 / 55:08 (w/Bonus track)
Label Roadrunner
Wednesday 13 chronology
Transylvania 90210 Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead
(2005)
Fang Bang
(2006)Fang Bang2006
Singles from Transylvania 90210 Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead
  1. "I Walked with a Zombie"
    Released: 2005
  2. "Bad Things"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars

Transylvania 90210: Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead is the first studio album by American horror punk musician Wednesday 13. The album contains fourteen standard tracks, as well as a bonus track exclusive to Japan, titled "Thank You Satan". The album spawned two singles, "I Walked with a Zombie", inspired by the film of the same name, and "Bad Things", which was released only as a promo in the UK to promote the band's upcoming tour.

Concept[edit]

"Transylvania 90210" draws mostly from horror punk, with strong influences from heavy metal and gothic metal. It shows how Wednesday 13 has progressed stylistically from his last album, "Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls" (with Murderdolls), incorporating less of an alternative metal approach in favour of a more 'straight' metal and gothic style.

Wednesday 13 has also stated: "Of the tracks on the new album, Wednesday adds “There are a few surprises that the fans won't expect... The title Transylvania 90210 Songs of Death, Dying, and the Dead comes from the idea of what I think a Wednesday 13 TV show would be like, it's like each song is an episode." Tune in in 2005! "

The album title is a mix-up of the 90210 TV series and Transylvania the home of Count Dracula. Post Mortem Boredom" references the 1972 film The Last House on the Left's advertising campaign swapping "it's only a movie..." with "it's only a recording...". "Look What the Bats Dragged in" references the Poison album Look What the Cat Dragged In parodying the album title. "I Walked with a Zombie" references the 1930s film I Walked With a Zombie while the music video uses footage of Night of the Living Dead. "House by the Cemetery" is named after Lucio Fulci's The House by the Cemetery. "The Ghost of Vincent Price" is a tribute to horror actor Vincent Price and it references 2 of his films House of Wax and House on Haunted Hill.

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics written by Wednesday 13.

  1. "Post Mortem Boredom" – 0:57
  2. "Look What the Bats Dragged in" – 2:32
  3. "I Walked with a Zombie" – 3:43
  4. "Bad Things" – 3:37
  5. "House by the Cemetery" – 3:20
  6. "God is a Lie" – 3:37
  7. "Haunt Me" – 4:35
  8. "Transylvania 90210" – 3:54
  9. "I Want You...Dead" – 4:08
  10. "Buried by Christmas" – 3:08
  11. "Elect Death for President" – 4:23
  12. "Rot for Me" – 4:03
  13. "The Ghost of Vincent Price" – 5:08
  14. "A Bullet Named Christ" – 4:00

Japan Bonus track[edit]

  1. "Thank You Satan" – 3:56

Personnel[edit]

Band members

Additional personnel

  • Ziad - saxophone on "Elect Death for President"
  • Monte Conner - A&R
  • Jamie Hoover - engineer, audio engineer
  • Colin Richardson - mixing
  • Roger Lian - mastering
  • Will Bartle - assistant
  • P. R. Brown - art direction, design, photography

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