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Rob Zombie – Dragula

“Dragula” is a song co-written and recorded by American rock musician Rob Zombie. It was released in August 1998 as the lead single from his solo debut Hellbilly Deluxe. Since its release it has become Zombie’s most recognizable song as a solo artist. The song is based on the drag racer “DRAG-U-LA” from the sitcom The Munsters.

The audio clip “superstition, fear and jealousy” at the beginning of the song is from the film Horror Hotel, and is spoken by Christopher Lee.

The music video shows Rob Zombie driving a car that resembles the Munster Koach (not the actual Dragula racing car) with various shots of the band members and different scenes from movies, e.g. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the beginning of the video and the killer robot from the old movie chapter serial The Phantom Creeps. It achieved heavy rotation on MTV following the huge success of the album. The video also appears in the film Idle Hands.

The song also appears on Rob Zombie’s Past, Present & Future, the greatest hits album The Best of Rob Zombie. The original single included a big beat remix of the song by Charlie Clouser, entitled the “Hot Rod Herman” remix (in reference to the Munsters episode), which is contained on American Made Music to Strip By (under the name Si Non Oscillas, Noli Tintinnare Mix), and appears in the films Idle Hands and The Matrix as well as the soundtrack. Additionally, it appeared on the soundtracks for the video games Twisted Metal 4, Jet Grind Radio, Sled Storm (1999), Gran Turismo 2 and in the 2012 game Twisted Metal.

Zombie told Billboard magazine that the title came from the name of Grandpa Munster’s eponymous dragster DRAG-U-LA on The Munsters. He goes on to say that it “was a classic show with great comic characters. Strangely enough, ‘Dragula’ was one of the last songs finished for the record. It fell together really fast and worked, but it could just as easily not [have] been on the record.”

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