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'Brick' Layers

Why Rob Zombie and Lionel Richie are teaming up. The rocker and R&B idol get together to collaborate on a duet

Rob Zombie, Lionel Richie | JUST LETTIN' IT ALL HANG OUT Zombie and Richie
JUST LETTIN' IT ALL HANG OUT Zombie and Richie

They're the strangest of bedfellows, but kitsch-rocker Rob Zombie and '80s R&B idol Lionel Richie recently recorded a duet of the Commodores' ''Brick House,'' the 1977 paean to pneumatic hotties. ''I love all of the music from [the '70s], whether it was Black Sabbath or Captain & Tennille,'' says Zombie. (Are you sure you want that in print, buddy?) The snazzy update -- which will appear in his bloody directorial debut, ''House of 1000 Corpses,'' hitting theaters in April -- doesn't forsake any of the modern-day wedding-reception staple's playful elements, but there is one addition: Rap diva Trina recorded a ribald interlude at Richie's suggestion. ''We knew we needed someone who was mean and nasty and dirty,'' says Zombie. ''And that's where Trina came in.'' A la 'Moulin Rouge''s sleazy rehash of ''Lady Marmalade,'' Zombie plans to bring his ''House'' to radio. ''There's a freak-show element to it,'' he explains. ''It is so ridiculous, and Lionel knows it too. It's so wrong that it ends up being so right.''

Originally posted Mar 12, 2003 Published in issue #700 Mar 14, 2003 Order article reprints