Wasted Away In Zombaritaville

Zombies. They’re everywhere. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies reimagines Jane Austen’s classic with Darcy fighting off the undead. World War Z is optioned for a movie, possibly starring Brad Pitt. Lloyd Kaufman makes Poultrygeist, a musical about zombie chickens from a restaurant built on a Native American burial ground.

Now we have Zombaritaville, a blog dedicated to “zombie-themed song lyric parodies.” Tom Petty‘s “Runnin’ Down a Dream” is rewritten as “Runnin’ From a Fiend”:

Yeah runnin’ from a fiend

That never stops hunting me

Gonna be history, when he catches me and he feeds

I’m runnin’ from a fiend

Weezer’s “Undead (The Zombie Song)” is my favorite, mainly because of the rewritten concert dialogue:

[Mykel:] Hey, what’s up?

[Karl:] Brains.

[Mykel:] Did you hear about the party?

[Karl:] Brains.

[Mykel:] Um, I think I’m gonna go but, um, my friends don’t really wanna go. Could I get a ride?

While the lyrics are varied — from being chased by zombies, to brains, to…okay, so there’s a limited palette to work with here — there’s no actual music, only written lyrics. Every post has a streaming version of the original, so I suppose you could sing along.

However, the guy who runs the site has set up several “zombie karaoke” sessions in Seattle, wherein folks sing the lyrics he’s written over the karaoke version of the classics (’cause it’s not like he’s getting obscure). I think I’ve figured out what I’m doing this Halloween.

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