Tuesday, February 3, 2009
My First Classic Album Pick
While listening to the self titled Danzig album I decided that I'd start blogging about classic albums. That is albums that are classic to me. They may not be classic to people reading this, but that's ok. I figure I'll just pick albums that I love and give some thoughts on them. People who know me probably figured my first pick would be an Overkill album. You can count on seeing Overkill albums being blogged about soon enough. Right now it's all about the incredible self titled Danzig album, so let's begin.
I first heard this album from my at the time best friend who was about three years older than me. He was actually a huge influence on my musical tastes. If not for him I might have missed out on quite a few great bands. He was also the person who turned me on to Overkill. Anyway, the first time I heard this I was at my friend's apartment. I was like what the hell is this crap? His reply was of course Danzig. I'm thinking who in the hell is Danzig? Now keep in mind that it was 1988 and Mother hadn't been in heavy rotation on Mtv yet. The first song that I heard was the first song on the album. That song being "Twist Of Cain". I remember not liking it very much. I actually made fun of it by singing "Twist Of Cain-o Snort Some Draino". My friend would just shake his head and or roll his eyes at me. He had this habit of playing a certain number of songs over and over again on albums he liked. That's exactly what he did with this album. After hearing "Twist Of Cain", "She Rides", and "Mother" over and over again I was absolutely hooked. In my mind this Glen Danzig character was pretty damn cool.
I must say that to this day I still feel like there isn't one song on this album that is a "filler" song. From start to finish it's just a great album. It's rare when I don't feel like skipping a track or two on an album. 21 years later I still love this album. God, typing that made me feel old. It's crazy to think that I was just 16 years old when the self titled Danzig album was released.
Standout tracks for me would be TWIST OF CAIN, SHE RIDES, SOUL ON FIRE, AM I DEMON, MOTHER....man, they all rule. I was about to list just about every song as a stand out track.
Go watch the video for SHE RIDES. Holy crap that woman can move it. So hot! Actually I'll post the youtube vid.
I've seen Danzig live three times with the original lineup. Every time I saw them at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. They were awesome every time. I really wish the original lineup would reunite.
I still own the original copy of this on cd. I should see if there's a remastered copy out there.
Danzig happens to be the band that almost dethroned Overkill as my favorite band.
The beginning of POSSESSION still creeps me out. Listen to it on headphones where you can hear someone chanting the word "incubus". Very cool. Very creepy.
This album is a classic, and it's not the only Danzig album that deserves be called a classic.
DANZIG - SHE RIDES
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- Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
- I'm 38. I'm addicted to Xbox 360 gaming and Dallas Stars hockey. I make a decent living at a boring job where I run two autoclaves and do various other tasks. My escape from this boring as hell life is video games, hockey, and music. I generally listen to Metal music, but I also love 80's tunes as well as 70's tunes. I have an unusual love for the band Overkill. They do it for me for some reason. Blitz is GOD!