April 27, 2009

Zombina and The Skeletones

After the death of Lux Interior, I got really big into psychobilly and went all over the internet to find as many Cramps-inspired bands as humanly possible. One of the bands that I found was the cheeky quintet from Liverpool, England, called Zombina and The Skeletones... which, come to think of it, doesn't sound anything like the Cramps.

According to their site, Zombina and The Skeletones are a horror rock band, "100% pure rock'n'roll genius from the very pits of their tortured vampiric souls since 1998". If that sounds a bit cheesy, it's because it is cheesy. Just listen to their Halloween Hollerin'! LP (2003) and you'll understand how fully and unabashedly cheesy this band really is. Zombina and the Skeletones are also major fun, with tongue-in-cheek lyrics about zombies and frankenladies sung over driving doo wop garage punk, creating quite the atmosphere for a nice chilled-out Halloween dance. That the band member names are horror-inspired and that the songs are rich with tasty pop hooks cannot hurt either.

  • Taste the Blood of Zombina and the Skeletones (2002)
  • Halloween Hollerin'! (2003)
  • Monsters on 45 (2006)
  • Death Valley High (2006)
  • Out of the Crypt and Into Your Heart (2008)

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