Wednesday 13

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Wednesday 13
Wednesday 13 in late 2007.jpg
Wednesday 13 performing in 2007.
Background information
Birth name Joseph Poole
Also known as Joe Nothing, Audrey 3, Buck Bourbon
Born (1976-08-12) August 12, 1976 (age 39)
Lexington, North Carolina, U.S.
Genres Horror punk, heavy metal, glam metal, outlaw country
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards
Years active 1992–present
Labels Wednesday 13 LLC, DR2, Rykodisc, Roadrunner
Associated acts Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, Murderdolls, Bourbon Crow, The Rejects, Gunfire 76, Maniac Spider Trash

Joseph Poole (born August 12, 1976), better known by the stage name Wednesday 13, is an American singer and musician. As well as his solo career, he is known for being the frontman of Murderdolls. He has also played in several other bands, including Maniac Spider Trash, Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, Bourbon Crow, and Gunfire 76.

Musical career[edit]

Psycho Opera and Maniac Spider Trash[edit]

Poole's musical career began in 1992 when he played guitar in the band Mizery, which later became Psycho Opera and which featured guitarist Abby Normal, drummer Jeff Washam, bassist Michael Patrick, and lead vocalist Todd Cage. Poole left the band to form Maniac Spider Trash as lead vocalist, alongside Abby Normal (again on guitar) and Michael Patrick (also filling his earlier role as bassist), joined by Sicko Zero on drums. Poole fronted the band from 1992 to 1996. The band released one EP, Dumpster Mummies, on Dead Hell Records in 1994. This was followed by an album, Murder Happy Fairytales, in 1995; the album remained unreleased until October 5, 2010.

Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13[edit]

Poole went on to form the Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13, which included Maniac Spider Trash's guitarist and drummer, Abby Normal and Sicko Zero. The band featured several different guitarists, bassists, and drummers over the years, leaving Poole to continue as the only original member. Sicko Zero was the last member to quit the band. Shortly after, Poole was forced to form another line-up before joining Murderdolls. Poole wrote and produced every album by Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13. Between 1996 and 2002, Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13 released five studio albums and six EPs with various revolving members. They were also featured on tribute albums for Alice Cooper, and Sweet. Poole stopped performing under the name in 2002 when he joined Murderdolls. In May 2006, the band announced their reunion, which was followed by a tour with Alice Cooper and a box set of the band's complete discography, entitled Little Box of Horrors. This line-up featured Sicko Zero on drums and Abby Normal on bass. The band broke up once again shortly after the box set was released.


Main article: Murderdolls

Poole was contacted by Joey Jordison of Slipknot and was asked to join Jordison's new horror punk band, Murderdolls. Originally formed as a collaboration between Jordison and Tripp Eisen of Static-X, Poole was revealed as the driving force of the band after he switched from bass guitar to lead vocalist. Murderdolls released one EP in 2002, Right to Remain Violent, to promote their forthcoming album of the same year, Beyond the Valley of the Murderdolls. Most of the songs on the album were re-recorded versions of songs by Poole's previous band, Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13. A total of two singles were released from the album, including a cover of Billy Idol's "White Wedding". The album reached No. 40 on the UK album chart.

Murderdolls played their last show on January 17, 2004. After this, they went on an indefinite hiatus, with Jordison returning to Slipknot. Since this hiatus began, both Poole and Jordison maintained that the band did not split up for good, and that they would return to record a second album in the future. In February 2010, while on a solo tour in Australia, Poole spoke with Drum Media: "We're possibly going to do another Wednesday record, record it in the summer and have it out around Halloween. We're in talks right now to do another Murderdolls album. So right now I don't know which of the two is going to happen, of course if Murderdolls is possible then we have to do that, it's gotta be the number one priority. It's just talks right now. We're having the same conversations that we were having in the very beginning of the band. Right now, we're just trying to get a game plan together."

In March 2010, Jordison revealed to Kerrang magazine[1] that Murderdolls had reunited to work with producer Chris Harris. Jordison said: "It's been an ongoing conversation between Wednesday and I from 2006 until now. We were bored with everything out there, and thought we had something to piss people off and shake things up. Everything is such a product or a fucking formula these days... fuck formula! Fuck the norm!" Murderdolls released their second album, Women and Children Last, on August 31, 2010. In March 2013, Wednesday 13 announced in an interview that the Murderdolls had split for good in 2011[citation needed].

Wednesday 13[edit]

After the Murderdolls went on hiatus in 2004, Poole went on a solo tour of the United Kingdom in March 2004, called the Graveyard A Go-Go tour. For his live performances, he was joined by members of horror punk band Death Becomes You, though this was not meant to be permanent.[2] Poole returned to North Carolina in June 2004, and began to put together a more permanent band, with whom he would perform with under the Wednesday 13 name. He brought in former Frankenstein Drag Queens member, Ikky, on guitar. The band is heavily influenced by the likes of KISS and Alice Cooper, while not straying far from Poole's previous horror punk projects. In September 2004, Ikky was replaced with Matt Montgomery. Wednesday 13 toured Europe in November 2004 on the Look What the Bats Dragged in tour. Some of the dates were supported by English rockers Viking Skull.

In 2005, after touring, Poole released his debut album "Transylvania 90210",[3] and made a promotional video for the track "I Walked with a Zombie", depicting the band members in footage from the original Night of the Living Dead horror movie. Following the album's release, the group embarked on a tour of the United Kingdom, entitled Tour from the Crypt. Also in 2005, they played on the main stage of Download Festival at Donington, and opened some shows for Alice Cooper around Halloween.

Poole parted ways with Roadrunner Records before signing a new deal with Rykodisc, with whom he released Fang Bang, the follow-up to "Transylvania 90210", on September 12, 2006.[4] The European version of the album contains a cover of Motörhead's "R.A.M.O.N.E.S." and the Japanese edition features the same track listing as the European CD, along with a bonus song entitled "Good Day to Die". The American edition features "Burn the Flames", a Roky Erickson cover, as its sole bonus track. Skeletons was released on April 29, 2008, available exclusively through Hot Topic locations in the United States. It was released in the UK on May 12, 2008 by DR2 Records.[5]

On November 14, 2008, Poole released his first live album, Fuck It, We'll Do It Live. The CD/DVD package was recorded in 2008 at Crocodile Rock in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For distribution of this album, Wednesday 13 chose to release it exclusively through Hot Topic, just as he had for Skeletons.[citation needed] A two-track digital download entitled Xanaxtasy was released on December 24, 2010 through iTunes. The release was announced via Wednesday 13's Facebook page on December 20, 2010, and contains two songs recorded during Wednesday's 2009 sessions. Out of the two songs, "Xanaxtasy" was previously released in the Bloodwork EP limited edition vinyl, and "It's a Wonderful Lie" was previously released on Wednesday's limited edition vinyl release From Here to the Hearse. During May 2011, Poole released a remix album titled Re-Animated and announced that a portion of all sales for the first month would be donated to the American Red Cross.[6] On Wednesday, July 13, Wednesday released the track listing for Calling All Corpses via[7] The album is set for an October 11 release in the US and October 10 overseas. On September 8, it was announced that Wednesday will release a new CD, entitled "The Dixie Dead", in February or March. On the Wednesday the 13th of August 2014 Wednesday 13 announced his 6th album which is set for a January 2015 release, the new album is titled Monsters of the Universe: Come Out and Plague.

Bourbon Crow[edit]

Main article: Bourbon Crow

Since 2005, Poole, under the alias of Buck Bourbon, maintained an outlaw country side project called Bourbon Crow, which featured former Wednesday 13 bassist Rayen Belchere (Kid Kid) under the alias of Jessie Crow. Wednesday 13 was in contact with former drummer Jeff Washam from Psycho Opera and was going to tour on the East Coast project. Scheduling prevented JW from doing the tour. The band released their first album in 2006, Highway to Hangovers, and their second album, Long Way to the Bottom, was released in 2009.

Gunfire 76[edit]

Main article: Gunfire 76

Poole teamed up with Todd Youth (of The Chelsea Smiles) to write and record an album with a more glam rock sound and without any horror themes,[8][9] under the band name Gunfire 76.[10] Rough mixes of the album's title track, "Casualties & Tragedies", were uploaded onto the band's Myspace page on August 12, 2009 for the fans to get an idea of what the band sounded like. The album debuted on October 6, 2009.[10] Gunfire 76 toured from December 2009 to January 2010 with Bullets and Octane on the First Blood tour.


Maniac Spider Trash[edit]

  • 1994: Dumpster Mummies (Reissued on CD in 2010)
  • 1995: Murder Happy Fairytales (Unreleased) (Released Digitally in 2011)

Frankenstein Drag Queens from Planet 13[edit]


Wednesday 13[edit]

Bourbon Crow[edit]

Gunfire 76[edit]

  • 2009: Casualties & Tragedies


Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13[edit]

  • 1998: The Frankenstein Drag Queens From Planet 13 Natural Born Weirdo's Amateur Live show featuring Kill Miss America Music Video
  • 2006: The Transvestite Chainsaw Massacre (DVD on Little Box of Horrors US editions only)


Wednesday 13[edit]

Other ventures[edit]

When interviewed backstage at Koko in London, Wednesday said that he was planning on creating a horror movie called The Dixie Dead, based on the concept of his album of the same name.[11] The film is pre-production but may be released at the end of 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Poole is originally from Charlotte, North Carolina and currently resides in Los Angeles. He has one daughter, Zoie Starr Poole, with his ex-wife Roxanne. He is a fan of campy horror movie parodies and television shows such as The Munsters and The Addams Family (his "Wednesday" moniker is after the daughter in the latter show and 13 comes from the Munsters' street address), which influence his tongue-in-cheek lyrics. He also created a set of cartoon characters with his ex-wife called the Thirteen Dead Kids, which was released as a clothing line. A book was supposed to be released, but these plans were halted due to Poole's touring schedule and the lack of interest from publishers.


Date Tour name Regions Named support
March – October 2004: Wednesday 13's Graveyard a Go-Go United States
November 2004: Look What the Bats Dragged In Europe
April 2005: Wednesday 13's April Ghouls United States
The 69 Eyes
April – May 2005: From Here To Horrorwood US United States Deadstar Assembly
May – June 2005: European Tour (Festivals) Europe
September 2005: 6 Feet Down Under Australia
September – October 2005: Damned In Japan Japan
October 2005: Haunted Halloween West Coast Mini United States King of Creeps, Alice Cooper
November 2005: Tour From The Crypt Europe
July – October 2006: Till Death Do Us Party World United States
Sign, Betty Curse
January – February 2007: Wednesday 13's American Werewolves United States Vains of Jenna
March – May 2007: Wednesday 13's European Werewolves Europe McQueen, The Poisoning
June – July 2007: MonsTour United States The 69 Eyes
October 2007: Ghouls On Parade United States Trashlight Vision, AntiProduct
November 2007: U.K. Fan Bang Europe McQueen
January – March 2008: All American Massacre United States The AKA's, Creature Feature
May – November 2008: SkeleTour United States
February – March 2009: For Those About To Rot U.S.' United States Dommin
March 2009: March Of The Damned World Japan
Glamour Of The Kill, The Chelsea Smiles
February 2010: Valentine's Massacre Down Under Australia
October 2011 - January 2012: Something Wicked This Way Comes United States
Michael Monroe, Vampires Everywhere!, Polkadot Cadaver, Nightmare Sonata, CrashDiet, Aiden, Modern Day Escape
February - March 2012: Soundwave Festival 2012 Australia
June - July 2012: The Summer Of Blood United States
October - November 2012: Spook & Destroy World Australia
February - March 2013: Curse The Living United States
Calabrese, Cold Blue Rebels, Sister
May - June 2013: Too Fast For Blood United States Vampires Everywhere!
September - November 2013: For Those About To Rot World United States
Cold Blue Rebels, Mortified Mortician, Sister, The Defiled
May 2014: Undead, Unplugged United Kingdom
November 2014: Undead, Unplugged United States
January - February 2015: Monsters of The Universe: US Invasion United States
March 2015: Monsters of The Universe: UK Invasion United Kingdom Snow White's Poison Bite, Rival State


  1. ^ "Kerrang! Exclusive! Murderdolls are back!". Retrieved August 20, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Wednesday 13". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wednesday 13 – Transylvania 90210 | Music". Roadrunner Records. April 12, 2005. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ Dan Hammer (July 11, 2006). "Blog Archive » Wednesday 13 is back". Metal Hammer. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ Dan Hammer (March 12, 2008). "Blog Archive » New Wednesday 13 music online". Metal Hammer. Retrieved July 13, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Wednesday 13: 'Re Animated' Track Listing Revealed -". BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  7. ^ "WEDNESDAY 13 - Calling All Corpses Tracklisting Revealed". Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  8. ^ Wednesday 13's Official Myspace Blog
  9. ^ "Frantik Mag". Retrieved January 31, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Gunfire 76 Official Myspace
  11. ^ "WEDNESDAY 13 Interview". YouTube. November 9, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2015. 

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