Glenn Danzig will dig up his musical influences on a new covers album titled Skeletons, which features the former Misfits singer putting his mark on tracks by Elvis Presley, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and Aerosmith. The covers LP, Danzig's first album since 2010's Deth Red Saboath, will arrive on November 27th. Pre-order Skeletons now through the Nuclear Blast America site.
"These are my skeletons," Danzig said in a statement. "You may or may not know that I dig these songs. You could say that some of this music is the actual basis and skeleton of what I listened to growing up – ultimately informing the kind of music I like. It's the foundation. If you took Elvis and Sabbath out of my life, I probably wouldn't be the Glenn Danzig you know! I'm glad both sides are represented on this record."
In addition to Black Sabbath's "N.I.B.," Presley's "Let Yourself Go," ZZ Top's "Rough Boy" and Aerosmith's "Lord of the Thighs," Danzig will also tackle cuts from the Troggs ("With a Girl Like You"), the Young Rascals ("Find Somebody") and, most surprisingly, the Everly Brothers' "Crying in the Rain." "It's very creepy and dark," Danzig told Rolling Stone of his piano-based version of the 1962 single.
However, Danzig couldn't release an album of influences without at least tapping into the horror and exploitation film genres that so heavily inspired the Misfits. The singer represents that side with opening cut "Devil's Angels," the theme from the Roger Corman-produced biker flick of the same name, and "Satan" from Satan's Sadists.
In June, Danzig sat down for a lengthy video interview with Rolling Stone where the horror punk icon detailed the story behind his Skeletons selections. "Elvis is actually kind of how I got into music," Danzig said. "When I was a kid, I was cutting school pretending I was sick and I would lie at home watching old movies, and Jailhouse Rock came on with Elvis. I was like, 'I want to do this. This is great.' And that's how I veered to music." Danzig also revealed that he was in the middle of recording an album devoted entirely to Presley covers.
In addition to Skeletons, Danzig is also in the midst of his Blackest of the Black tour, which concludes with a Halloween concert in Los Angeles. Check Danzig's official site for tour dates.
Skeletons Track List
1. "Devil's Angels" (from Devil's Angels soundtrack)
2. "Satan" (from Satan's Sadists soundtrack)
3. "Let Yourself Go" (Elvis Presley)
4. "N.I.B." (Black Sabbath)
5. "Lord of the Thighs" (Aerosmith)
6. "Action Woman" (The Litter)
7. "Rough Boy" (ZZ Top)
8. "With a Girl Like You" (The Troggs)
9. "Find Somebody" (The Young Rascals)
10. "Crying In The Rain" (The Everly Brothers)