Photograph: Catherine McGann
We started off being influenced by a lot of the noise bands. We loved The Birthday Party, we loved a lot of punk music. When Rob and I met he loved The Misfits, I loved the Cramps, and we both loved Black Flag. We would see Butthole Surfers every time they came through town. We refused to limit ourselves - when we first heard Metallica, that influenced us, and when we first heard N.W.A., that influenced us, too. You can't live in a vacuum, you know, and we wouldn't have wanted to if we could. We went through guitarists like crazy, but didn't let it stop us because we knew you had to start somewhere.Sean Yseult interview, Coming Soon, 2016
WHITE ZOMBIE recorded their debut, the Gods on Voodoo Moon EP, on this day in 1985 at Batcave Studios, New York.
Gods on Voodoo Moon is the only WHITE ZOMBIE release to feature the original lineup of Rob Straker, Sean Yseult, Ena Kostabi (YOUTH GONE MAD), and Peter Landau.