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Rob Zombie

Zombie's music heavily draws influence from classic horror films and suspense films. He has listed Alice Cooper, KISS, Black Sabbath, Queen, and Elton John as some of his influences growing up. In addition, he has stated that the first record he bought was an Alice Cooper record. Zombie's "Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy) music video is heavily inspired by A Clockwork Orange. Zombie later revealed to People magazine that while he was growing up, he was not allowed to watch films such as A Clockwork Orange or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, the latter of which heavily influenced Zombie's films House of 1000 Corpses and its sequel The Devil's Rejects. Zombie's music videos are also inspired by horror films, with his "Living Dead Girl" music video being based upon the 1920 silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.


Robert Bartleh Cummings was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965. He is the oldest son of Robert and Louise Cummings. Rob's younger brother, Michael David Cummings, was born in 1968 and is better known by his stage name Spider One. His brother is the lead singer of the band Powerman 5000.

Growing up, Rob had a fascination with horror films, and has stated that he always "wanted to be Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi, and Stan Lee. While raising their sons, Rob's parents worked in a carnival, but they chose to leave after a riot broke out and tents were set on fire. Zombie recalled the experience in an interview, stating, "Everybody's pulling out guns, and you could hear guns going off. I remember this one guy we knew, he was telling us where to go, and some guy just ran up to him and hit him in the face with a hammer – just busted his face wide open. My parents packed up real quick, and we took off."

Cummings graduated from Haverhill High School in 1983. He moved to New York City, and he began attending Parsons School of Design where he met eventual girlfriend Sean Yseult.

Presently, Rob Zombie lives in Woodbury, Connecticut.


Robert Bartleh Cummings (born January 12, 1965), better known by his stage name, Rob Zombie, is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer.
Five of his albums have been certified platinum and another two have been certified gold, making him the artist with the most gold and platinum discs on the Geffen Records label.
Zombie has also established a successful career as a film director, creating the movies House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, the 2007 remake of Halloween.
In 1996, Zombie collaborated with Alice Cooper on the song "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)" for the X-Files tie-in CD Songs in the Key of X. It was Zombie's first work outside of his band White Zombie. The song was nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance the same year, but lost to Nine Inch Nails for their song "Happiness in Slavery".
The song entitled "The Great American Nightmare" is the opening theme for the Howard Stern Show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

 

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