Paul Stanley of Kiss and rock super producer Desmond Child on lead vocals! Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell and journeyman axe grinder Guy Mann-Dude on guitars! Rudy Srazo of Whitesnake on bass! Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee on drums! A heavy metal supergroup assembled one time only for the sole purpose of… performing the theme song to a Wes Craven slasher flick?
Stanley, Child, Campbell, Mann-Dude, Srazo, and Lee assembled in 1989 like a rock ‘n roll Voltron to form The Dude of Wrath. Their lone mission: to provide the opening theme song to Wes Craven’s failed attempt to create a new Freddy Krueger in the form of Shocker.
His name was Horace Pinker. He was a television repairman/serial killer with a limp instead of a burned scar face, a single knife in lieu of a fistful or razors, and by the power bestowed upon him by the dark lords of electronic media, he survived his electric chair execution with the ability to travel through electrical outlets and television sets and could even body-jump into people, too.
Shocker failed to spark at the box office, and even hardcore horror fans remain divided over the merits of Craven’s loopy stab at Krueger-izing a new Nightmare franchise starring Mitch Pileggi. One thing there is no arguing about is how much the movie’s soundtrack is a treasure trove of potential B-Sides. Trust me when I tell you this will not be the last time Shocker makes a B-Sides appearance.
From the schlocker Shocker, here are The Dudes of Wrath performing the high voltage rocker theme song they were brought into existence to give life to.
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