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KERRANG!, Spring 1990


   He's mean, he's moody, he's mysterious, he's menacing, he's undeniably 
magnificent... and he's releasing a new album in May. All hail the 
long-overdue return of the Master Of Dark Metal, Glenn Danzig! Steffan 
Chirazi gets the sinister scam.


   'Her Black Wings'... 'Snakes Of Christ'... '777'... these are just three 
of the terrifyingly tempting track titles from the fearsome new DANZIG opus, 
due for release in May. "Anyone who's looking for a pop album is not gonna 
find it. This is a real record from a real band," sez mainman GLENN DANZIG. 
STEFFAN CHIRAZI gets the dark details...

   Glenn Danzig takes his music very seriously. He does not suffer fools 
gladly - in fact, he doesn't suffer them at all!
   Glenn has been involved in the music biz for around seven years, first 
with the Misfits and then with his own band Samhain, which ultimately evolved 
into Danzig. He has his own record label, Plan 9, which enjoys healthy 
business, but it's the man's burgeoning career on the Def American label 
that we're gonna concentrate on here.
   The last Danzig album (released in September 1988) was a soulful and 
uncompromising piece of work that ended up selling 150,000 copies in the US 
alone. It didn't do too badly in the UK either, its sales no doubt bolstered 
by Danzig's appearance as support act on the last Metallica tour.
   And now, at last, there's a new LP due. This one is a heavier, more 
classic sounding record than the last, with Danzig really hammering out a 
gritty hard rock sound. John Christ's guitars sound deliciously fat and 
crunchy whilst Glenn's vocals are sweet to the ear... yet bitter at the core.
   Titles so far include '777', 'Her Black Wings', 'Snakes Of Christ' and 
'The Other Side'.
   I've only heard five tracks so far, and I'm eagerly looking forward to 
sampling a few more. The album's title is yet to be decided..
   Inside his superbly old and atmospheric residence, Glenn Danzig sits back 
in an old black leather armchair and we start out discussion.
   "The last album held more of my personality," Glenn begins. "This album 
has more of a 'band' stamp on it. I've written the lyrics and the music, of 
course, but the whole sound is much more of a 'band' sound.
   "This is what you get when you see Danzig live, the whole band is very 
powerful. We've toured together, and the rhythm section is much tighter now. 
The band is really starting to come about.
   "The new album's very bluesy," Glenn continues, "and I don't mean it just 
plods along... I wouldn't say that this was a happy album at all, OK? So 
anyone who's looking for pop album is not gonna find it (laughs).
   "This is a good, strong, traditional album as opposed to a trendy, Glam-like
LP full of guys wearing make-up and looking to make money real quick - this 
is not that sort of record.
   "This is a real record from a real band," Glenn proclaims. "This is not 
about being crap!
   "Sure, everyone would love to hear another Misfits or Samhain record, but 
they're just not going to hear it," he says, a healthy grin breaking across 
his face. "If I wanted to do that I could've done it a long time ago and it 
just isn't gonna happen.
   I see us being in a category or class by ourselves now. I think that the 
people who came to our shows, the people that we speak to at gigs, the people 
that are into this band are all fans of good music and good records and not 
just trendy fans hooking up to a trendy band.
   "I suppose if we do get popular enough there will be people coming to our 
shows to be trendy, and I'm not gonna say that's a bad thing. I'm just gonna 
say that maybe I can change their heads around musically. That's the ultimate 
   Surely the only way to become a commercially big band in the US is to 
appeal to these fad-concious kids.
   "I don't see it that way. This band doesn't make any money right now 
anyway, so what I wanna do is turn a few heads and make good music. This is 
how I've always approached things, no matter what anyone says.
   "People who say that Danzig have sold out or whatever don't know what 
they're talking about. They know nothing about the music industry at all, the 
business side, the playing side, the interviews... they have no idea about 
any of that. So they're talking out of their ass!
   "All it really comes down to is that I do what I wanna do and no-one tells 
me what to do, and that's it!"
   The interview progresses. Somehow, we get around to talking about Motley 
Crue. I mention Nikki Sixx being an aspiring poet. Glenn laughs long and hard.
   "'Kickstart My Heart' pretty poetic? Yeah, OK! People can read my words and 
know that they aren't just any ordinary set of lyrics. One of the problems I 
sometimes have with Rick (Rubin, Def American head and Danzig producer) is 
that he wants me to rhyme my lyrics. It's not that big a deal at all, he'll 
just tell me that this or that should rhyme and I'll tell him that no, it 
shouldn't. He has no idea what I'm trying to say here."
   When Glenn writes a set of lyrics, is he trying to educate his listeners, 
or express his own inner feelings?
   "Everything. First, I'm trying to first satisfy my needs as a songwriter. 
Second, I'm trying to satisfy the needs of the guys in the band who have to 
play my stuff. Third, I have to satisfy my needs as a singer. And after that, 
of course, I hope my songs get the fans off in some way.
   "Music should always complement the lyrics, and vice-versa. It doesn't 
matter to me that there are people out there who don't read lyrics, that's 
their prerogative. But if they buy the album and the overall vibe gets them 
off then I've achieved what I set out to do. They'll just be getting it on 
one level."
   May will see the Danzig album released through Def American's UK parent 
label Phonogram, and we'll be doing a bigger, more substantial interview with 
Glenn himself around that time.
   Until then...

NOW HEAR THIS [excerpt]
By Steffan Chirazi

   Glenn Danzig is something of a baby adopted by [Rick] Rubin, who admits 
he "was never a Misfits fan, I didn't like them and I actually thought they 
were terrible. But I always knew that Glenn was a great singer and that he 
had great songwriting potential that hadn't been fully realised."
   Indeed, Danzig now sounds as true a rocker and as hard a roller as he 
ever did before, channeling the aggression of the Misfits and Samhain into 
more than just speed or stage shock. Whilst Danzig the man has always 
displayed the ability to perform as such, it's been a rare occasion in the 
past and one can't help feeling that Rubin has helped focus Danzig properly, 
leaving the diminutive frontman with a clearer objective and a sharper view 
of his own music. Danzig's album is the first official Def American release.