BUBBA HO-TEP: Not Dreadpunk

I’m no genre fascist but I have no idea why BUBBA HO-TEP keeps getting brought up in discussions about dreadpunk. It was mentioned once during a discussion (thanks to rum), and reporters and bloggers have consistently cited it as a “key dreadpunk work” ever since. While its recurring presence plays into my random sense of humor, I’m just going to say it: BUBBA HO-TEP is not dreadpunk. And to be clear, that’s no judgment of its merits; I think Epcot, lasagna, Godzilla, and AC/DC are all pretty cool but those things aren’t dreadpunk, either.