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Let's Talk about Wretched of the Earth

It's "Talk About a Song" day:

We'll go with one of the most popular songs, Wretched of the Earth. Wretched is written by our vocalist Joe DiCanio. He has been, throughout his lifetime, a zombie maniac so of course it made sense that one of the 1st songs he would write had to be a zombie song. Joe grew up a shy kid who loved to go to the video store (Yes, before Block Buster when you went to a local owned store that rented VHS tapes) and pick out a horror movie to take home and watch. This is why some of his early heroes in life were not your normal child heroes. People like Scott H. Reiniger (Roger) and Ken Foree (Peter) were people whom he aspired to be like when growing up. You can still catch him on stage sporting his Ken Foree shirt.

Early movies that he loved were Dawn on the Dead (the original), Night of the Living Dead, Lucio Fulci's Zombi and City of the Living Dead, Nightmare City, and Return of the Living Dead. These are all influences in his writing of Wretched of the Earth. Wretched is about the very beginning of the apocalypse. When the acid rain comes down on the grave yard and brings the dead to life. It's about them clawing out of their graves and there journey towards civilization. And... "Now the War Begins!"

There is a lot of Return in the idea of the zombies and acid rain, the "little drops of liquid death" that are "poison for the life but life for the dead", but the undertones of the idea that it's the undead time again, that they are replacing us as the dominant force on the Earth is totally in the eyes and heart of Romero and Fulci. It's not the fast moving, ultra strong zombie force of today movies but the slow but steady, overwhelming in shear numbers, plodding army of death that never sleep ideas brought to us by the Masters of zombie horror. Long live Romero.

This is just the 1st song in a set of 3 that he plans on writing about this story. Please give it a listen and leave us a comment on what you think about it. We'll be doing this for all our songs.

Thanks, Fires of Gomorrah Joe, Mick, Alex, Dave and Jon the Viking!