I've been a hardcore fan of horror movies and horror literature most of my life, so it should come as no surprise that I've also developed a huge fondness for horror-themed rock music. A horror-rock band that quickly became one of my favorites is the Texas-based Ghoultown. Their unique mixture of Psychobilly, Punk, and Southern-fried Rock shows the strong influence of both Johnny Cash and The Sex Pistols, and their lyrics reflect a deep and intimate familiarity with horror films both classic and b-grade. In a recent review of one of Ghoultown's CDs, the Canadian horror rag RUE MORGUE gave the band a five-skull rating (their highest) and described the music as "dark, dusty, and cruel." To a horror-rock band, they couldn't have given a better compliment.
The 2002 release GIVE 'EM MORE ROPE is one of my favorite albums by Ghoultown. All of the songs are creepy and cool, but some of the best are the musical horror stories like "Return of the Living Dead," an homage to both the film of the same title and the zombie films of George A. Romero; "Dirty Sanchez," a musical poem that employs witty innuendo to create a character who, I kid you not, personifies the disgusting sexual practice; and "Fistful of Demons," a story of revenge that evokes both slasher films and Spaghetti Westerns. For horror fans, music like this is 24-carat black gold.
If you're already a fan of Ghoultown, GIVE 'EM MORE ROPE is a must-have CD. But if you're a horror buff who has never heard the band before, this CD will make a deliciously ghoulish introduction.