"We Do Know the Zombies...and They are Just Normal People like Anyone else in our Town," says Connecticut Selectman

Skateboarding is a crime, you young punks, says former punky-indie-shocky-horror rocker and filmmaker Rob Zombie and his wife Sherri Moon Zombie, reports CBS Local Connecticut:

The noise from a new skate park in Connecticut is too much for rocker Rob Zombie.

He and his wife have complained to the Litchfield County town of Woodbury that the park, which opened near their home in April, makes such a racket that it should be moved.

The town is looking into moving the park, but first it’s trying to muffle the noise by enclosing the sides of the metal skate ramps, stuffing the jumps with Styrofoam and putting up soundproofing fabric on a fence, said First Selectman Gerald Stomski. The park hours were also reduced and it is closed on Sundays.....

“We do know the Zombies, on a side note, and they are just normal people like anyone else in our town,” Stomski said. About 10,000 people live in the well-to-do small town nestled in Litchfield Hills, known for antiquing.....

The park was opened after two decades of planning at a cost of $53,000, covered partly by the town and partly by fundraising by children and their parents, Stomski said.

Their noise complaint may well be justified--when one person's use of property is an insuperable imposition/assault on another one is a complicated issue and difficult to decide on first principles--but I write about it, because, well, I'm still immature enough, even in modern America, to think it's funny because, well, it's Rob Zombie.

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  • WTF||

    Rob Zombie gets old, yells "get off my lawn!"

  • ||

    He's just an average joe. He puts his monster/rapefetish/slasher pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us.

  • The Late P Brooks||

    Maybe Rob should just turn his music up to 11.

  • Jon Lester||

    Rob Zombie's album packaging is often better than the music itself.

    He upset quite a few people in Atlanta by not crediting the whole crew of "House of 1000 Corpses."

  • Zeb||

    I love White Zombie, but I found his solo stuff pretty boring.

  • Jon Lester||

    That's what I had particularly in mind. His visual art for the booklet with "Hellbilly Deluxe" was done very well, but I think I listened through the CD once before I promptly sold it.

  • Almanian!||

    Et tu, Rob? Et tu?

    Also, Sherri Moon? Boyoyoyoyoyoinggggg...

  • sarcasmic||

    My wife dated his brother Rob in middle school.

  • sarcasmic||

    I meant Mike. Derp.

  • l0b0t||

    Boy-oh-boy do I hate the heckler's veto. If the skate park is such a nuisance to Mr. Zombie, then all has to do is purchase that parcel of land and not have a skate park there. If he is unwilling to put some skin in the game, he can go piss up a rope.

  • robc||

    Pollution like this is easily fixable via Coasean bargaining. But Im not sure which way the initial property rights fall.

  • Cliché Bandit||

    It sounds as if the tax dollars complicate this. That is my biggest beef with this shit. leave the tax dollars out and work out a solution...add 1 penny of tax dollars and BINGO we have a "public space".

    Don't take gubmint money...that simple.

  • sarcasmic||

    Saw them open for Pantera back in '96. Good show.

  • ||

    Ozzfest '05. Slipknot, In Flames, and some old guy that bit the head off a bat.

  • sarcasmic||

    I saw that old guy on his 'No More Tours' tour. I'm glad because it was the last time he ever went on tour. Yep. Very last time.

  • ||

    Never been a big Ozzy fan. His guitarists, however..

  • Marshall Gill||

    Sad that the Utes today do not learn about good music. Ozzy is a GOD and all who do not appreciate this fact are clearly madmen.

  • ||

    I grew up listening to him through middle school and high school. Mostly because my older brother was obsessed with 'em. I just got so burnt out on his stuff.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I've had the pleasure of meeting Rob and Sean and the rest of the band on a couple of occasions (Fu Manchu, Monster Magnet, White Zombie at the Whiskey in 1994 was epic). Really nice people, great band. Too bad he got old and cranky.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    In Brian Doherty's world, the idea of Zombies' rights will be ridiculed!

  • ||

    Woodbury? Ha, what an old douche. Only Southington or Avon would be better.

  • robc||

    The park hours were also reduced and it is closed on Sundays

    Louisville's skate park is open 24/7.

  • N||

    This reminds me of when Kevin Shields complained about all those kids and their loud music at the nearby pub: http://www.camdennewjournal.co.....606_08.htm

  • The Late P Brooks||

    When Litchfield County was first settled, there was no such thing as a skateboard. Ban them.

  • Loki||

    I think the real lesson here is don't move to Connecticut if you don't want to end up an old curmudgeony busy body like Rob Zombie.

  • ||

    I think it's interesting that it sounds like the town he lives in was named after an undead evil wizard.

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    "Lich" doesn't have a "t."

    But don't take *my* word for it - take Ambrose Bierce's:

    "the apparition, which he knew was not a soul without a body, but that most dreadful of all existences infesting that haunted wood - a body without a soul!"

    http://www.ambrosebierce.org/halpin.htm

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