1) Angel Of Syphilis
3) Dead Revenge
4) Demon Eyes
5) Die On the Battlefield (Cancerslug Cover)
6) The Place Between True Darkness And Endless Screams
7) Irish Raping Song
8) Johnny The Brimstone Boy
9) Rape Whistle
10) Life Of Pain
11) Looking Good
12) My Love Is True
13) Nitro Burning Funny Bong (Gwar Cover)
14) Shotgun Stagedive
16) The Cleaner (Doosh Bucket Cover)
18) With Out You
19) 6, 6, 69 (Fast Love Version)
20) How The Dead Turn
21) Tip Toe Thru The Tulips (Ukulele Horror Version)
23) Bitch Boy
24) The Rose (Bette Midler Cover)
25) You Bitch
26) You’ve Been Naughty
27) The Slice Of Life
29) My Shed
30) Beach Zombies (feat. Tommy Creep)
It’s no secret that many bands of the horrorpunk genre keep their styles within certain confines, generally always modeled and taking influence from The Misfits and Blitzkid. The bands that aren’t afraid to step out of these confines are usually the ones that are much quicker to gain a following. Not to imply that there is an issue with staying within those confines, as many bands stay incredible while not venturing away from their main influences. Earlier this year I was introduced to the one man project known as The Mutant Members Only Club (check out a Stereo Terror review here) which showed that you can still make kick ass horror music while having a style all your own.
That leads us to another one man project that I have been recently been introduced to, Wolfman Chuck And The Spookalele Of Doom. Besides having one of the most awesome band names I’ve ever heard, Wolfman Chuck creates incredible horror themed music using only one of the most underutilized instruments ever, the ukulele. On paper, this sounds like a preposterous idea on the level of a movie co-directed by Ed Wood and Uwe Boll, but it shockingly works, and works well at that.
Right from the opening notes of Angel Of Syphilis you know you are in for something quite different than what you expect from a horrorpunk or horror influenced project. With an almost ballad like feel, it seems like a strange choice for the opening, made even more weird that the next song, Bloodshed, is just the Wolfman yelling about bloodshed while going to town on his ukulele. Things slow back down to their regular tempo for the next few songs, and by this point you have a great idea of what the project is all about. As previously mentioned the idea of horror-themed music played with only a ukulele seems insane, it is easy to find that it is a perfect choice when you feel the need to listen to something a little more mellow while still getting your horror fix.
Die On The Battlefield, a cover of the song by Cancerslug, takes on a life of its own in the capable hands of Wolfman Chuck. Once you hit the 31 second track, Rape Whistle, you get one of the funniest openings to a track I’ve heard in quite some time. My Love Is True is another standout track, somewhat of an anti-love ballad which leads into another cover, in this case Nitro Burning Funny Bong by GWAR. And just like the earlier cover, Wolfman takes a track that should never even be considered for his particular set of talents, and makes it all his own.
Throughout the albums 30(!) tracks, Chuck has peppered the album with quite a few covers. Besides the aforementioned songs, he also covers The Cleaner by Doosh Bucket, and The Rose by Bette Midler. And I feel I can guarantee that this review will be the one and only mention of Bette Midler here on The Deadhouse. The final cover to mention is the most appropriate to Wolfman, being a ukulele horror version of Tip Toe Thru The Tulips. It is certainly the most fun version of the song I’ve ever heard.
You Bitch is a great song about an itch down there, including a throwback to the opening track, Angel Of Syphilis. The album closes with an instrumental track featuring Tommy Creep that would not be out of place on a surf album. It’s a nice way to close out the album and sends the listener off with a nice relaxing feel to it, especially after some of the fun stuff you’ve heard through the past 29 tracks.
I’ll be honest, I was quite skeptical if I was going to like Wolfman Chuck And The Spookalele Of Doom. When I first heard of the project, I thought the name was awesome but had no idea how someone could make decent horror themed music with just a ukulele. But I tip my hat to Wolfman Chuck as I have been listening to the album rather steadily since I first got my hands on it. And I recommend you give it a shot, you can’t go wrong and it’s something a little different to broaden your horizons without fully stepping outside the genre.
Be sure to check out Wolfman Chuck And The Spookalele Of Doom on their Facebook page!
My Love Is True