Danzig fans have long been waiting for an exciting collection of covers called Skeletons. Now, that wait is just about over. Danzig’s cover album will be coming out this fall, and the first single from the album, “Devil’s Angels,” will be released next week on hyper-limited 7 inch vinyl.
What do we mean by hyper-limited? Try 500 copies. That’s right, only 500 pressings will be made of Danzig’s “Devil’s Angels” single, which will make it a true collector’s item.
Already, commentors and internet trolls have been complaining about the small pressing size, however, if one truly looks at Glenn Danzig’s roots and interests, the move is totally understandable.
When Danzig fronted the legendary horror-punk band The Misfits in the late 1970s and early 80s, Glenn was a one-man PR machine, screen printing all the band’s tee-shirts and posters in his basement. The amazing artwork that echoed the horror film posters from the 1950s and 60s became a must-have for any horror-punk teen from the early 80s all the way up to the present day. To have an original, screen-printed shirt or poster that was done by Danzig himself? Well, that would be quite a collector’s piece.
Fast forward to the digital age of “everything’s free at the click of a button and no one thinks they have to pay for art anymore.”
Danzig pressing only 500 copies of “Devil’s Angels” is a throwback to a different time. A time when there wasn’t an infinite number of everything. A time when possession of a limited item still meant that the item was truly special.
What is “Devil’s Angels”? Actually, it was a biker film in the 60s, and the song Danzig covers on Skeletons is the theme song from the movie.
Danzig recently spoke to Las Vegas Magazine and told them how he decided on all the songs that make up Skeletons.
“I just start thinking of what songs I want to record, especially for the covers record. What do I want to cover? Can I bring a new element to it? Can’t just be songs I like. It’s got to be songs I like and that I think I can give a new direction to, and bring a new dimension to. That’s my attitude with covers. Unless you’re going to do something different with it and give it a new life, or give it a new dimension, leave it alone. It’s going to be judged against the original anyway. If you just try to record it exactly like the original, everyone’s just going to like the original better because they’ve heard it a million times. Also, why cover it if all you’re going to do is just cover it? At least that’s my opinion, and that’s why if I’m going to cover a song, I’m going to give it a new life, new dimension, new feeling. Do something different with it.”
Skeletons by Danzig will include covers of songs by Elvis Presley, ZZ Top, Black Sabbath, The Everly Brothers, and The Troggs, among others.
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