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Rob Zombie on Pee-wee's Playhouse, and how he's not on tour to party and to fuck around

Rob Zombie originally came to prominence with his first band, White Zombie. With a penchant for campy horror imagery and music that was the perfect mutant blend of an industrial aesthetic with trashy metal and punk, White Zombie was one in a handful of bands that crossed the alternative-rock world and the metal world at a time when the former was going out of vogue. After the band broke up, Zombie embarked on a "solo" career under his own name. Over the past decade or so, he has also become something of an acclaimed filmmaker, starting with his classic debut House of a Thousand Corpses and its far less cartoonish sequel, The Devil's Rejects.

See also: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson at 1STBANK Center, 10/2/12

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.