Danzig – Skeletons

Glenn sees your "Dad-bod" and raises you a "Danz-bod"
Glenn sees your “Dad-bod” and raises you a “Danz-bod”

The covers albums is almost always a dodgy proposition but I couldn’t help but hold out some hope for Danzig’s Skeletons. Partly because… Glenn F. Danzig! But also cause I knew the Evil Elvis was going to choose some interesting material to put through the metal wringer. And it’s the choice of material that saves Skeletons from being a total stinker. The performances are pretty ropey: flat vocals, lifeless drums and relentless guitar squealies along with a flabby sound that’s devoid of dynamics. There are dicey renditions of Sabbath’s N.I.B, Aerosmith’s Lord of the Thighs and ZZ Top’s Rough Boy, while a surprising choice, sounds like your drunken Dad commandeering the microphone at a wedding. Dad, stop! But Danzig gets bonus points for doing all these tracks his own way and, when you’ve got Glenn M. F. Danzig doing The Everly Brothers’ Crying in the Rain, it’s hard not to get a kick out of that… however much it sounds like the karaoke of your darkest fears. It’s worth having Skeletons just for that and its opening trio of tunes: Dave Allan and the Arrows’ Devil’s Angels is bashed out in delightfully Misfits-y style; the obscure soundtrack curio Satan (Theme from Satan’s Sadists) is brilliant and tailor-made for Glenn – “I was born mean, by the time I was 12 I was killing, killing for Satan”; and his cover of Elvis’ Let Yourself Go is a stomping taster for his planned Elvis EP. It’s definitely for fans-only but, for them, it’s a flawed-but-loveable glimpse into the great Fonzig’s interesting and eclectic influences. And if you’re not singing “I was borrrrn mean…” in the shower every day after hearing this, you’re a better man than me.

Danzig – Satan (Theme from Satan’s Sadists)

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35 thoughts on “Danzig – Skeletons”

  1. Eh. I like his first album (a lot), but I can take selections off pretty much everything else I have. I’ll give this one a miss…

    Great cover though. Pretty sure that was taken at the Glasgow Green.

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      1. I’m fairly certain I’ve seen those two hanging around down at the Clyde, y’see.

        You telling me I need to revisit the other Danzig stuff then? I mean, sake, do you not think I have better stuff to do!!

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      2. Yes you need to revisit II and III! And once you’re hopelessly addicted to those, get the fourth wan anaw. That’s a genius run of albums there. And don’t just “listen” to them. That’s for posers. You have to do it shirtless while howling at the moon.

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