Sunday, July 19, 2009

Is Type O Negative Benefiting From The Great Vampire Fever Of 2009?

It's no secret that vampires are back in a big way with the success of Twilight and True Blood. But does this increased interest translate to vampire-friendly bands like goth-metal icons Type O Negative?

I hope so.

As we all know, the greatest vampire anthem of all time is Bauhaus' "Bela Lugosi's Dead", hands down (see below). But Type O Negative's "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" deserves a mention.

While they were about as scary (and hokey) as a Luna Park House of Horrors ride, they surprisingly managed to score a platinum album out of 1993's Bloody Kisses, thanks in no small part to "Black No.1" being the first single.

Peter Steele sang a deep baritone (with just a hint of a Dracula accent) and played a bass that hung so low from a heavy-gauge chain around his shoulder that it made him hunch over. His towering 6'6" onstage presence helped sell the look and the sound of the band (an equal mix of the Misfits, Black Sabbath and the Addams Family theme song) to droves of black-fingernail-polish-loving teenagers as well as more traditional metal heads.

If there was any justice, the song would find its way onto some Twilight soundtrack and the band would gain a whole new generation of followers, but alas, those spots have so far only gone to bland humdrums like Paramore and Linkin Park.

Too bad. Hokey goth-metal has never sounded so good:


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