Zombies or vampires? It's a classic debate along the line of The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. We're not sure the Fab Four qualifies as either monster, but with The Glimmer Twins' propensity to remain upright and touring despite advanced age, decay, and a million other complications that should have seen them sidelined years before, The Stones are unquestionably zombies.
We're on Team Stones as far as bands go, and if asked to choose a preferred monster we'd have to go with vampires (two words, people: Lost Boys). But thanks to The Twilight Saga's overexposure and general wussification of blood suckers, zombies have become increasingly popular, in both pop culture and music.
We've already paid homage to top 10 zombified music videos of all time, but there are quite a few musical acts named for the walking dead as well. And a whole crap load of zombie-themed songs. So in honor of Halloween we've listed our ten favorites in each category below.
The Zombies The original zombie band, the English rock group best known for "She's Not There", "Tell Her No", and "Time of the Season", was an under-appreciated yet crucial part of the British Invasion in the 1960s. Their 1968 album Odyssey and Oracle is ranked No. 80 on Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
Zomby Reclusive U.K. dubstep producer best known for Where Were You in '92 (2009). Pitchfork described Dedication, Zomby's second full-length album released in July of this year, as "the strangest, most low-key, and least dance-friendly record he's released yet."
Zombie Death Stench The Escalon, CA "horror metal" band often incorporates analog keyboard sounds from '70s and '80s sci-fi and horror films with an "assaulting" guitar sound. The group describes their third studio album The Coming Bloodbath as their heaviest, darkest, most violent work to date, and calls it "a complete zombie apocalypse on stereo."
Zombie Girl Release of Zombie Girls' second album, Blood, Brains, and Rock and Roll (2007), was delayed after three different companies refused to print the original cover art that featured a brain on a plate amid a massive pool of blood, and the Canadian industrial rock group originally comprised of husband-and-wife duo Sebastian Komor and Renee Cooper has since become a solo act following allegations of abuse by Komor.
Zombie Kitten "Alaska's most awesome and best acoustic emo improv band!," well, at least according to the band themselves. They go on to say, "First of all, we are a band. Second, we are ACOUSTIC, meaning that you can hear us audibly, using your ears. Third, we are REALLY emo. We are so emo it hurts. Our music has even been known to bring the most discerning musicians to tears."
Zombina and the Skeletones Misfits-inspired Horror rock band from Liverpool, England with a thing for dark humor and campy movies described as "Fucking superb horror-drunk-punk-deadly riffage and Rezillos-style tunesmithery with fake blood and bubbleblowing beauty all over the place" by UK webzine Drowned in Sound. Jesus.
Zombie Zombie French electro-pop duo who reinterpret film scores composed by legendary horror director John Carpenter.
Zombi This underground progressive rock band out of Pittsburgh achieves an expansive synth-heavy sound despite having only two multi-instrumental members.
Rob Zombie / White Zombie When he's not slaying us onstage with his signature brand of psychobilly, the former White Zombie front man born Robert Bartleh Cummings is directing some of the scariest horror flicks to ever grace the silver screen. His current project Lords of Salem is scheduled to hit theaters in 2012. Recently TMZ asked the Grammy-nominated artist how he'd like to die. Click here to find out what he said.
House of Zombie The LA-based tribute band features original White Zombie drummer Ivan DePrume and a lead singer who looks and sounds like the original.
SONGS FOR THE WALKING DEAD
The Misfits, "Astro Zombies"
The only thing worse than a zombie is a zombie from outer space. Or perhaps a zombie shark. That would suck.
Voltaire, "Zombie Prostitute"
We don't care how rottenly cute she is. Never pick up a hooker in a cemetery
Zombie Girl, "Jesus Was a Zombie"
He died and mysteriously came back to life three days later...his followers eat his body and drink his blood...holy crap. Jesus was a freaking zombie.
The Cranberries, "Zombie"
Metaphorical zombies of the mind.
Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures, "Zombie A Go Go"
Just a bunch of zombies dancing their dead, decaying asses off.
Rob Zombie, "Living Dead Girl"
Said the necrophiliac: "A dead girl that walks and talks? Meh."
Jonathan Coulton, "Re: Your Brains"
Jeez Tom. We're not being unreasonable here. I mean, no one's gonna eat your eyes?
Horrorpops, "Walk Like a Zombie"
Five Signs Your Boyfriend Might be the Walking Dead: 1) walks like zombie 2) talks like zombie 3) frequent moon howling 4) only brings you dead flowers 5) wants to name kids Morticia and Fester
The Cramps, "Zombie Dance"
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This zombie dance sounds a lot like our middle school formal.
Roky Erickson, "I Walked with a Zombie"
Just in case you missed the line repeated 21 times in this song, Roky took a stroll with a zombie last night.