With the exciting and unexpected news that a new Body Count album called Manslaughter would be dropping (June 10, 2014, Sumerian Records), once again I find myself in a retro type of mood. For the new generation of rock and metal fans, the band Body Count—led by gangsta-rapper-turned-actor Ice-T—is all but unknown. Ice-T, you say? The same Ice-T that plays a detective on NBC’s Law & Order: Special Victims Unit? The same Ice-T who’s been a star of reality television? Yes, that Ice-T. As unexpected as this may sound as I write about it today, just think about how surprising or even shocking this was more than 20 years ago as I attempt to recount my memory of Body Count’s 1992 self-titled debut album and the chain of events that followed. (more…)
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Tags: Beavis and Butthead, Headbanger's Ball, Headbanger's Ball videos, La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, MTV, Rob Zombie, Sean Yseult, Thunderkiss '65, White Zombie
1. White Zombie – “Thunder Kiss ’65”
It seems crazy to think of hearing Rob Zombie or White Zombie for the first time—hasn’t he always existed? For a large number of metalheads and I, Headbanger’s Ball is where we first saw “Thunderkiss ’65” ( La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One, 1992). It was a strange combination of Metallica, horror, hard rock and punk. It was basically what Zombie has become known for—out of this world. Even the video was original, a stripped-down rock-out with a dreadlocked Zombie and band performing with women dancing around, monsters and props out in the desert—a precursor of what came over the next two decades with White and Rob Zombie. The videos came in furiously to the “Ball” and MTV after this, and like I said in the intro, Zombie was even a regular set-designer. Between Headbanger’s Ball and its No. 1 fans, Beavis and Butthead, White Zombie was the poster-metal band for MTV during this period, making this debut video No. 1 on my list.