Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: When Rob Zombie worked with Lionel Ritchie

Rob Zombie is one of the most intense individuals in music, but he’s open to making friends with anyone. When he was directing his horror film, Land of 1,000 Corpses back in 2003, Zombie decided he needed a 1977 funk hit by The Commodores called “Brick House” on the soundtrack. But instead of using the original, he wanted to re-record it Rob Zombie style.

When it was done, he called up the former Commodores lead singer—that’s Lionel Ritchie—to tell him what he’d done and if he’d like to hear the results. Ritchie drove over the Zombie’s place and politely listened to the recording. Then he said “You’re not quite singing this part right. Give me the mic and I’ll do it.”

So he did—which is how we have the unlikely musical collaboration between Rob Zombie and Lionel Ritchie.

Alan Cross

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