Monday, June 25, 2007

Nekromantix - Dead Girls Don't Cry

This amusing homage to the original silent film version of Nosferatu (in my opinion the greatest vampire flick of all-time), done by those flat-topped Danish dudes of Nekromantix is a highlight for them, since most of their covers feature their heads making silly, apish faces, like this one, for example, that says "Jesus, man, who had Cajun catfish for dinner?" :

Such chicanery is part of Nekromantix's schtick along with being one of the best psychobilly bands on the planet, but getting back to Dead Girls Don't Cry, that cover is both comical and stylish. I think the shadowy flat-tops allows Nekromantix to get away with the Nosferatu tweak, making it fun instead of genuinely creepy. Buzzcut vampires that play slap basses shaped like coffins? Dig it...


Blogger bob_vinyl said...

The Dead Girls cover is definitely a step up, but the other has a kind of 50s quality to it that works as well. The Necromantix shtick works well, because they are able to pull in those retro influences while staying in the present.

June 26, 2007 at 6:00 AM  
Blogger Metal Mark said...

I like it, but it almost looks more like a stop-motion effect than it does the shadow from Nosferatu.

June 26, 2007 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger taotechuck said...

The more I look at this, the more I like it. It's a really clever album cover that could appear serious at first glance. They did a great job on this one.

June 28, 2007 at 12:15 AM  
Blogger Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

Considering they don't have the filming tech (gloriously primitive as it was) that Nosferatu was filmed with, I think it's a neat little homage that isn't going for anything high brow, just making its fun little point then letting the album do the rest of the talking.

I know their sound problems wrecked their live gig, but I just love this band, those 50s head shots and all. I agree with Chuck that Dead Girls is their best cover in its subtlety that makes you pause and think about how they did it.

June 30, 2007 at 11:37 AM  

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