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Educated Horses

Educated Horses

Educated Horses is the third album by Rob Zombie, released on March 28, 2006. A streaming "listening party" was held on MP3.com starting March 22, 2006, which caused advance copies to spread throughout P2P software programs.

Educated Horses can be described as Rob Zombie's most experimental album to date. Writing for Rob Zombie for the first time, John 5 experimented with a number of acoustics, which can be heard on tracks such as "Sawdust In The Blood" and "Death Of It All". Rob's vocals are less gruff on this album; instead he sings in a more sensual manner. "Foxy Foxy" is the most "party-going" song that he has written yet, and its music video shows many attractive girls, including his wife Sheri Moon, dancing to the song. Yet the album still contains his signature horror tastes. "17 Year Locust" and "The Scorpion Sleeps" were both written about creepy-crawlies.

In response to questions about what the album's title means, Rob Zombie said "It was a weird kind of phrase, like, that I remembered as something as a kid. You know, my parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, the whole family, were involved in carnival business and, like, circus business, so as a kid, we would get dragged to these things, and we'd have to spend all this time there. And that was just one of the attractions I remember, what they would call the trained animals, you know, educated horses."

Rob Zombie directed music videos for "Foxy Foxy" and "American Witch". Artist and animator David Hartman created two animated music videos, for American Witch and "Lords of Salem".

Educated Horses debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200, Rob Zombie's highest chart position since Hellbilly Deluxe in 1998. The album has been certified gold.

Track listing

  1. "Sawdust in the Blood" (Intro) - 1:24
  2. "American Witch" - 3:47
  3. "Foxy Foxy" - 3:29
  4. "17 Year Locust" - 4:06
  5. "The Scorpion Sleeps" - 3:38
  6. "100 Ways" – 1:53
  7. "Let It All Bleed Out" - 4:09
  8. "Death of It All" - 4:22
  9. "Ride" - 3:32
  10. "The Devil's Rejects - 3:54
  11. "The Lords of Salem" - 4:13

Personnel

  • Tom Baker - Mastering
  • Chris Baseford - Engineer
  • Blasko - Bass, Background Vocals
  • Kristin Burns - Photos
  • Tommy Clufetos - Drums, Background Vocals
  • Drew Fitgerald - Art Direction
  • Josh Freese - Additional Drums
  • Todd Harapiak - Assistant Engineer
  • Scott Humphrey - Producer, Mixing, Additional Guitar, Additional Bass, Background Vocals
  • Tommy Lee - Additional Drums
  • John 5 - Guitar, Additional Bass, Background Vocals
  • Will Thompson - Assistant Engineer
  • Audrey Wiechman - Background Vocals
  • Rob Zombie - Vocals, Lyricist, Producer, Art Direction, Package Design, Additional Photos

Chart positions and sales

The album debuted at number five on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling about 120,000 copies in its first week. It also debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Rock Albums chart. In its second week it dropped to number fourteen, selling a further 46,720 copies. Several months after release, the album was certified Gold for sales of 500,000 copies.

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2006 The Billboard 200 5
2006 Top Canadian Albums 5
2006 Top Internet Albums 5

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2006 "Foxy Foxy" Mainstream Rock Tracks 8
2006 "Foxy Foxy" Modern Rock Tracks 26
2006 "American Witch" Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
2006 "American Witch" Modern Rock Tracks 32
2006 "Let It All Bleed Out" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29

Miscellanea

  • "Lords of Salem" appears in the movie The Covenant
  • "Let it all Bleed Out" was used on the game Scarface: The World is Yours by Radical Entertainment
  • "Sawdust in the Blood" appear on the soundtrack for the 2007 remake of Halloween
  • "Foxy Foxy" was featured on the April 13, 2006 episode of The OC, "The Dawn Patrol".
  • "Foxy Foxy" was also used for Candice Michelle's Playboy Cover Unveiling on an episode of WWE Raw.
  • The album contains many references to the Salem Witchcraft trials, as evidenced by the songs "American Witch" and "Lords of Salem".
  • The introductory track "Sawdust In The Blood" is a recreation (and modification) of Brad Fiedel's instrumental piece "'Trust Me'", featured in the film Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • "American Witch" has been heard at least twice on the show NCIS, in reference to Abby's character.
  • A line in the song "Ride" is a reference to the album title; "Educated horses, baby"; the title is also repeated earlier in "Foxy, Foxy".

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