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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Slim Whitman: Killing Machine

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  • Slim Whitman "I Remember You"

  • My introduction to this song was in Rob Zombie's wonderful film "House Of 1000 Corpses". It's interesting how the first time I watched the movie, I thought it sucked so bad that I turned it off, which I rarely do. Your movie has to REALLY suck shit for me to stop watching it. But the next time I caught it on cable, I realized it was brilliant.

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    If you haven't seen the movie, then you may not understand what Slim Whitman has to do with Rob Zombie (whose music i despise, for the record). In a pivotal scene in "House of 1000 Corpses", Slim's "I Remember You" is played in its entirety as people are murdered. It's a great juxtaposition, this beautiful country ballad about lost love plays as three characters are mercilessly gunned down.

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  • Slim Whitman "Indian Love Call"

  • For those unfamiliar with Slim Whitman, you might also remember him as the artist whose music ("Indian Love Call") made the alien's heads explode at the end of Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!", saving the planet. Whitman certainly has had an interesting film soundtrack career.

    So now you won't be able to listen to Slim Whitman without thinking about grisly death. As it should be.
  • Slim Whitman Wikipedia Entry
  • 2 Comments:

    Blogger Little Sully said...

    All music makes me think of death. Especially stabbing people. So much so that I even think about it between songs. As a matter of fact, I am never NOT thinking about stabbing people. I love music.

    8:51 PM PDT  
    Blogger BigShemp said...

    Kevin,

    Are you aware that I dressed up as Slim Whitman (back in the early '80s, when he and Boxcar Willie were on TV all the time on commercials for their K-Tel-esque compilations) for Halloween in the 6th or 7th grade? Next time you're over this way, I'll try to dig that picture out.

    I love Slim Whitman. You know you're getting older when you start digging stuff you used to make fun of back in the day and appreciate it without irony.

    12:13 AM PDT  

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