Thunder Kiss '65

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"Thunder Kiss '65"
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Single by White Zombie
from the album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One
B-side "Welcome to Planet Motherfucker/Psychoholic Slag"
Released1992
Format CD single, vinyl
RecordedMay 1991 at 321 Studios, New York City
Genre Groove metal [1]
Length3:30
Label Geffen
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Andy Wallace
White Zombie singles chronology
"Thunder Kiss '65"
(1992)
"Black Sunshine"
(1992)
Music video
Thunder Kiss '65 at Youtube.com

"Thunder Kiss '65" is the only official single from the album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One 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 .

Single (music) Type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

<i>La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One</i> 1992 studio album by White Zombie

La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume One is the third studio album by White Zombie, released on March 31, 1992 by Geffen Records. The album marked a major artistic and commercial turning point for the band. After the recruitment of guitarist Jay Noel Yuenger, White Zombie was able to successfully embrace the heavy metal sound they had pursued since Make Them Die Slowly (1989), while incorporating more groove-based elements into their sound. The album was the band's last to feature drummer Ivan de Prume.

White Zombie (band) American heavy metal band

White Zombie was an American heavy metal band that formed in 1985. Based in New York City, White Zombie was originally a noise rock band, and was known for its later heavy metal-oriented sound. Their best-known songs include "Thunder Kiss '65", "Black Sunshine" and "More Human than Human". The group officially disbanded in 1998. In 2000, White Zombie was included on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, ranking at No. 56.

Contents

Samples

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!

<i>Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!</i> 1965 film by Russ Meyer

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a 1965 American exploitation film directed by Russ Meyer and co-written by Meyer and Jack Moran. It follows three go-go dancers who embark on a spree of kidnapping and murder in the California desert.

Reception

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. [2] 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'. [3]

Mike Judge American animator

Michael Craig Judge is an Ecuadorian-born American animator, cartoonist, actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, composer, filmmaker, and former physicist. Judge is the creator of the television series Beavis and Butt-Head, and co-creator of the television series King of the Hill (1997–2010), The Goode Family (2009), Silicon Valley (2014–present), and Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus (2017–present). He also wrote and directed the films Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996), Office Space (1999), Idiocracy (2006), and Extract (2009).

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

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Music video

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. [4]

MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel launched on August 1, 1981 that serves as the flagship property of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom headquartered in New York City.

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

Appearances

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Sampled

Girl Talk (musician) American musician

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Covers

First single track listing (1992)

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

Second single track listing (1993)

  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

ChartPeak
United States Mainstream Rock 26 [5]
RIANZ Singles Chart 47 [6]

Notes

  1. Anderson, Kyle (April 10, 2015). "White Zombie's 'Astro-Creep 2000': 20 years of love and destruction". Entertainment Weekly . Retrieved December 24, 2015.
  2. The Gauntlet interviews Sean Yseult; last accessed April 5, 2008.
  3. "VH1 40 Greatest Metal Songs", 1–4 May 2006, VH1 Channel, reported by VH1.com; last accessed September 10, 2006.
  4. RockNet Interviews Rob Zombie, cited September 25, 2009
  5. Billboard.com single charts for White Zombie
  6. austriancharts.at charts.org.nz, New Zealand charts for White Zombie

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