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Dragula by Rob Zombie

A Prompt From Dr. Jason Benskin

By Mike Singleton - MikeydredPublished about a month ago Updated 29 days ago 3 min read
"Drag-u=la" from The Munsters

Introduction

I recently published a story on a Pink Floyd song, which you can read here.

It was suggested I do a similar piece on "Dragula" by Rob Zombie.

My piece was essentially about extrapolating what the five words and a scream were about in the Pink Floyd piece, the"Dragula" piece will have to be different because there are a lot more words to jump off from, but this will be a stream of consciousness jumping off at random points from Rob Zombies lyrics.

This is it.

DRAG-U-LA

The title came from the name of Grandpa Munster's eponymous dragster DRAG-U-LA on The Munsters.

It was debut solo single by American rock musician Rob Zombie 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. It is also his best-selling song.

The audio clip "superstition, fear and jealousy" heard at the beginning of the song is a sample of dialogue from the 1960 horror film The City of the Dead (also known as Horror Hotel), and is spoken by Christopher Lee.

The song is relentless and there is no doubt that "Dragula" is a vehicle.

Dig through the ditches and burn through the witches

I slam in the back of my Dragula

Rob Zombie has dispensed with the hyphenation of Grandpa Munster's ride. Here is the story of it:

Herman lost the Munsters Koach in a drag race. Grandpa builds his own racer, the Drag-u-la.

So Rob Zombie took the name and transformed it into something far more vicious than its initial incarnation, although drag racing itself is a pretty extreme sport.

Drag racing started in the 1940s. World War II veterans were prominently involved, and some early drag races were done at decommissioned aircraft bases with landing strips that made them an ideal place for the sport.

In 1951, Wally Parks formed the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The organization banned the use of nitromethane in 1957, calling it unsafe The ban was lifted in 1963

Several other racing organizations were created over the past several decades, such as the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) founded in 2014.

The song is as relentless as a drag racer and makes you feel as though you are likely to be run down, maybe in the fashion of "Death Race 2000". When I saw that film it was as far in the future to me as it is now in the past to us all.

The music video shows Rob Zombie driving 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".

This song has been a staple of many video games, films and TV shows but I have been unable to track down which ones, but it is very similar to the experimental death metal AI song I created for a recent dark poem.

Dead I am the one

Exterminating son

These opening words to the song make us fear an avenging dark vampire or zombie, unkillable because it is already dead and wants to take us with it in a voracious storm of blood and bone, leaving the survivors wishing they had not been left because what will happen to them will be worse.

Conclusion.

I said this would be very stream of consciousness and it has taught be a lot I didn't know, about a song I had never heard.

Thank you for sticking with me, and I hope you have enjoyed this

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  • Dr. Jason Benskin27 days ago

    Mike do you accept - Challenge #3 - Gwar War Party https://youtu.be/vOfTLeoLM44?si=gWZ2Fvk_RfHcs-P2

  • Challenge #2 - Carcass - Heartwork, Mike Do you accept the challenge? Link: https://youtu.be/ZpbpOgUybBM?si=S7JVQ6AzGXghVwzY

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  • Hi Mike, Reading this had me smiling ear to hear. Your tale immediately ensnared my imagination, weaving a web of suspense and intrigue that kept me riveted from start to finish. The protagonist's journey through the labyrinth of danger and uncertainty was nothing short of mesmerizing, with each twist and turn leaving me eagerly anticipating the next revelation. What truly stood out to me was the depth of character you imbued within the protagonist. Their resilience and determination in the face of adversity resonated deeply, serving as a poignant reminder of the strength of the human spirit. Furthermore, your ability to evoke emotion and empathy through your prose is a testament to your skill as a writer. The vivid imagery and immersive world-building you employed throughout "The Runner" transported me to a realm brimming with palpable tension and atmospheric richness. From the bustling streets to the quieter moments of introspection, each scene was brought to life with a vividness that left an indelible mark on my imagination. I want to express my sincere gratitude for sharing your talents with the world and for gracing us with such a compelling narrative. "The Runner" is a shining example of the transformative power of storytelling, and I am eager to witness the continued impact of your work in the literary landscape. Thank you once again for your dedication to the craft of writing and for inspiring others with your remarkable talent. I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to explore more of your creations in the future. Warm regards, Dr. Jay

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