Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie
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Rob Zombie in 2009
Background information
Birth nameRobert Bartleh Cummings
Also known asRob Straker[1]
Born (1965-01-12) January 12, 1965 (age 54)
Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • screenwriter
  • film director
  • film producer
  • record producer
  • programmer
  • composer
  • voice actor
  • Vocals
Years active1985–present
Associated acts

Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings;[7][8] January 12, 1965) is an American musician and filmmaker. He is a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with the band. He is the older brother of Spider One, lead vocalist for American Industrial metal band Powerman 5000.[9][10]

Zombie's first solo effort was a 1996 song titled "Hands of Death (Burn Baby Burn)", written and performed with Alice Cooper, which went on to receive a nomination for Best Metal Performance at the 39th Annual Grammy Awards. In 1997, he began working on his debut solo studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe, which was released in August 1998. A month later, Zombie officially disbanded White Zombie.[11] Hellbilly Deluxe went on to sell over three million copies worldwide and spawned three singles. Zombie directed the horror film House of 1000 Corpses in 2000, though the controversial project was not released until 2003. His second studio album, The Sinister Urge (2001), became his second platinum album in the United States.

Zombie directed The Devil's Rejects (2005), a direct sequel to his prior film House of 1000 Corpses. The project received a more positive reception than its predecessor. His third studio album, Educated Horses (2006), was a departure from his earlier recordings. The album became his third to enter the top ten of the Billboard 200, though saw a decrease in sales when compared to his previous releases. Deciding to focus on his directing career, Zombie directed the horror film Halloween (2007), a remake of the 1978 horror classic of the same name. The film became Zombie's highest-grossing film to date, though was met with a generally negative critical reception. He later directed Halloween II (2009), which failed to match the success of its predecessor. He released the animated film The Haunted World of El Superbeasto that same year. Zombie returned to music with the release of his fourth studio album, Hellbilly Deluxe 2 (2010). The album peaked at number eight in the United States and sold over 200,000 copies in the country.

In 2012, Zombie released a second remix album and directed the horror film The Lords of Salem, which was released the following year. He released his fifth studio album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor the following year (2013). He directed the horror film 31.

Since the beginning of his music career, Zombie's music and lyrics have featured notable horror and sci-fi themes. His live shows have been praised for their elaborate shock rock theatricality.[12] Since beginning his solo career, Zombie has sold an estimated fifteen million albums worldwide.[13]

Early life

Robert Bartleh Cummings was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts on January 12, 1965.[14] He is the oldest son of Robert and Louise Cummings.[15] His younger brother, Michael David Cummings, is the lead singer of the band Powerman 5000.[16] Growing up, Cummings had a fascination with horror films and has stated that he always "wanted to be Alice Cooper, Steven Spielberg, Bela Lugosi and Stan Lee."[17][18] His parents worked in a carnival,[19] but they chose to leave after a riot broke out and tents were set on fire.[20][21] Cummings 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."[22] Cummings graduated from Haverhill High School in 1983.[23] He moved to New York City and began attending Parsons School of Design, where he met eventual girlfriend Sean Yseult.[24][25] Before the success of White Zombie, he was a production assistant for the television series Pee-wee's Playhouse.[26]

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