This is the area of the site that spotlights various Ash/Evil Dead references or appearances throughout Popular Culture. Whether it be a soundbyte popping up in a song, or Duke Nukem saying "Come Get Some", this is where it will be.
Bruce Campbell's voice has made many appearances in music, in top ten hits and indie music alike. Following are a few of the songs in which you can hear Ash or other Evil Dead characters, and if you know of an appearance that's not on the list, you know what to do (e-mail me).
"People are Still Having Sex" by La Tour, with Linda's line "Hello lover!"
"Who's Laughing Now" by Skinny Puppy with Ash's "Who's laughing now?"
Reader ROTTINGDEAD points out that "...THE REVOLTING COCKS on the c.d. entitled BEERS STEERS AND
QUEERS has a soundwave of ashes Groovy on it." Thanks RD, for that tidbit.
A band called "Skarmy of Darkness", on their album "Turn on your Metal Detector", play a track called "Bruce Campbell. I think you can figure out the rest.
Of course there's everyone's favorite Evil Dead band, Hand Went Bad. Check them out on the links page.
"Bruce Campbell vs. The Evil Dead" is a pretty good little song, reported to be by an artist named Stephen Spann, on an album called "Andy". Now, I'm not sure if this is a real album or artist, so don't hold me to it. All I know is the song rocks.
Lately I've noticed a growing foundation of amateur Evil Dead songs, in which some guy'll add wavs of varying quality to established songs. Following are a few I've seen:
Ash & The Doors - House of the Evil Dead (The Doors' House of the Rising Sun) The wav quality on this one's especially low, but the song's a classic, so eh.
Limp Bizkit - Rollin' Army of Darkness - This one I like, simply because it's an instrumental version of Rollin', so I don't have to listen to Fred Durst's voice.
Webitan's Army of Darkness - This one is an instrumental version of Rob Zombie's Living Dead Girl, and it can be found by typing "Army Darkness Girl" into the old Napster search.
The staff of Toyfare, one of my favorite magazines, apparently is home to quite a few Evil Dead fans. Check out this reference in the description of a totally unrelated "Neon Genesis Evangelion" figure here
Toyfare strikes again, this time pointing out that McFarlane Movie Maniacs Series 3's very own Ash figure is the most sought after toy of that month. Check it out here.
Starting to notice a trend here? In Toyfare #44, Ash was featured in a small statistical feature they call "By the Numbers". Take a gander here.
Toyfare interviewed Bruce Campbell in issue #41. See what he had to say here.
Toyfare Magazine sure do love Ash. Here's a classic "Big Shot" featuring a custom toy of the main man himself.
Electronic Gaming Monthly, believe it or not is the magazine that introduced me to my beloved Evil Dead movies. I'll try to find the issue I'm talking about, but for now, check this
Here is an ad for Evil Dead: Hail to the King that saw print in video game publications before the game's release.
Canadian CG cartoon show (which can be seen weekdays on the Cartoon Network's "Toonami" afternoon timeslot) Reboot played host to an Ash-like character in episode 24. In case you're not familiar with the storyline of Reboot, the series stars three main characters (Bob, Dot and Enzo) and their adventures inside a computer network called "Mainframe". There are villains inside the mainframe, but Bob's job and mission is to participate as the artificial intelligence in video games that the "User" wishes to play. So with that said, on with the episode 24, "To Mend and Defend". In it, the gamer uploads a game that remains nameless, but is composed of a cabin in the woods, surrounded by evil trees, a cemetary and of course, a man with white hair at his temples who mutters "Groovy" and has a chainsaw for a right hand. Coincidence? Bah! To further the similarities between it and The Evil Dead series, the heroes' quest is to obtain a book called the "Manual of Mortality" *tee-hee* See all about it here
John Cusack's yuppy romantic comedy High Fidelity includes a scene in which Cusack's character Rob asked Jack Black's smart-acre character Barry what "I haven't had sex with him yet" means, using an Evil Dead 2 metaphor to get his point across. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find a script of it yet, so I can't reproduce the exact conversation for now. I had the DVD in my grasp, and I didn't record the conversation into wav format! Argh! If anyone out there has the movie, and the ability to record wavs from it, and you just happen to send said wav to me, I'd be enernally grateful (for a minute or two), AND you'd get immortalized on the Shemps page! Ain't that motivation enough? I thought so!
Everyone knows this one, but I figure why not slap it on here anyway. In Wes Craven's "classic" (I'm not a fan, myself), Nightmare on Elm Street, a young Johnny Depp watches The Evil Dead on a television set in the background. Think it was Beta Max?
Here's another common one, but 3D Realms' Duke Nukem character's... well... character... has been defined by Ash (ever since Duke Nukem 3D, at least), with his attitude and catch phrases such as "Come get some!". Bruce says he considers it flattering, but would prefer they come up with their own stuff. Whutta diplomat!
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