May 14 [16:00 EST] — Rob Zombie, who will write and direct the next installment in the “Crow” series, has warmed up by directing the latest video from Powerman 5000.
Zombie incorporated shots of a boom box-wielding sumo wrestler and footage from “Sting of the Dragon Masters” in the clip for “Tokyo Vigilante #1,” ["Tokyo Vigilante #1" Video, 800k QuickTime] the first video from the band’s “Mega!! Kung Fu Radio” album.
“This was a film I’d remembered seeing many times,” Zombie has said of his inclusion of the classic kung fu footage. “I thought it had the perfect feel for what we were trying to express with this video.”
White Zombie fans are familiar with the frontman’s cinematic technique, as he has hopped behind the camera before for his own clips. Zombie got his start in the visual arts as an assistant art director on “Pee Wee’s Playhouse,” and has also directed a video for Prong.
Zombie has also brought his artistic
touch to theaters: his drawings and music turn up in a hallucinatory sequence in “Beavis And Butt-Head Do America,” and he dueted with Howard Stern on “The Great American Nightmare” for the “Private Parts” soundtrack.
Meanwhile, Powerman 5000 will turn up on this year’s Ozzfest tour, as well as “The Ozzfest Live,” an album capturing performance from last year’s version of the metal-fest.