Zombie Week

Frequency Rotation: Jeffrey Lewis, “If You Shoot the Head You Kill the Ghoul”

Each week, Frequency Rotation probes a different song with a science fiction or fantasy theme. Genre, musical quality, and overall seriousness may vary.

How do you kill something that’s already dead? One singer-songwriter is doing his best to remind us.

Frequency Rotation is still a bit exhausted from compiling its massive zombie playlist earlier this week (not to mention tossing and turning through a few sleepless, gun-clutching nights since then). So today’s entry will be short and sweet: In 2003, the New York comic-book artist and folk-punk troubadour Jeffrey Lewis unleashed one of the finest, funnest zombie songs ever. It’s name: “If You Shoot the Head You Kill the Ghoul.”

Sandwiched between audio clips from the hilarious, deadpan newscasts in George Romero’s original Night of the Living Dead, “If You Shoot the Head” (and its awesome video) perfectly captures the flesh-eating frenzy of a full-scale undead attack—and almost serves as a mini-tutorial in superior firepower as zombie population control. If you’re out of ammunition, just remember, as a wise man once said: “Beat ’em or burn ’em. They go up pretty easy.”

Yeah, Jason Heller is dead. He’s all messed up.


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