Man, I hate to admit it, but I am disappointed with Let Sleeping Corpses Lie.
Ironically, I wasn’t expecting much in terms of content and am pleased to have a partial “one-stop shop” for White Zombie’s records (all studio records are here with soundtrack and tribute album one-offs, but remix eps, for example, are nowhere to be found). I knew what I was getting, track-wise, and cannot complain. For the newbie, much of this stuff has been hard to come by (fans in the 90s could still get Make Them Die Slowly in record stores but the first albums were generally findable only via bootlegs (albeit decent ones)). The noisy scumrock left many of the neophytes turned on by La Sexorcisto-Devil Music Vol. 1, frankly, turned off and many were perfectly happy to accept the Geffen debut as an alternative starting point. These early tracks sound great here and are cool to have in “official form.”
What I am so sorely diappointed with is the package. The “fondlability and fetishability factor,” to misquote Frank Zappa. White Zombie has been almost as much about the image and artwork as the music and the buyer is left swindled. I recall a radio interview in 1995 or so promoting Astro Creep: 2000 — Songs of Love, Destruction, and Other Synthetic Delusions of the Electric Head in which Rob spoke about how much the band enjoyed giving the fans a complete package that included stickers, posters, etc. Here we get a small, sepia digipak with some artwork, all in the same tone, none in color, no lyrics, no notes from the band members or critics, no complete historical articles, no original cover art, NOTHING. We get something nice to load into iTunes and then file onto the shelf. I was so looking forward to tearing this sucker open and spending an afternoon reading through its book – now I guess I’ll re-watch The Devil’s Rejects (Unrated Widescreen Edition) instead.
With most bands, substance trumps style every time. With a band like White Zombie, they’re intertwined. And while nice to have all the tunes (and a killer DVD) in one place, this cannot help but feel like a product rushed to market for Christmas that forgot a lot about its fanbase in the process.