NEW YORK (Billboard) - Assembling the White Zombie boxed set “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” was “weird” and somewhat bittersweet for band founder Rob Zombie.
“It felt like I was putting together a box set of someone else’s band. It just seemed like forever ago, and some of the early songs are, like, 20 years ago or something,” he told Billboard.
The four-CD, one-DVD collection includes 63 tracks and a wealth of rare video footage and other memorabilia Zombie has held onto. The process “brought up a lot of things I’d forgotten about — unfortunately, some of it was negative,” he said.
In particular he was reminded of the waning days of the heavy metal band, when group members would tour in separate vehicles and not see each other except at shows. None of the other members were involved in putting together the compilation.
“The main reason White Zombie ended was the people who were White Zombie didn’t get along anymore,” Zombie said, adding that he finished the group’s final show in 1996, walked offstage, into a car, went to the airport and “didn’t look back.”
Nevertheless, he hopes “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” — pointedly titled, he acknowledged, for those who might wonder about a White Zombie reunion — will feed the appetites of younger generations of fans.
“I can see it, strangely enough, in the royalty checks. Every year the band makes more money,” Zombie said. “Hot Topic is doing a new line of White Zombie merch. It’s just one of those things that happens, I think. There’s always a new wave of kids that gets super-jazzed on a band that’s not around anymore.”