Review by Jeff Maki
Skeletons is the long-awaited covers album from the one and only former Misfits/Samhain frontman, Glenn Danzig. Of course, his own band, Danzig, has recorded 10 studio albums, while Danzig himself became one of the most recognizable names and voices in rock and metal since the band formed in 1987.
Still, despite an extensive discography with Danzig, which includes many classic albums and songs (not just “Mother”), most of the talk about Skeletons has been about the album cover, which features Danzig donning his iconic skeleton makeup for the first time since his Misfits days. Model/adult film actress Kayden Kross also is featured by his side. Danzig has said the cover is a nod to David Bowie’s 1973 covers album, Pin Ups. For Misfits fans and fans of Danzig, this is a huge deal. It doesn’t end with the album cover either. Between the B-side like production, Danzig’s hoarse vocals and guitarist Tommy Victor (Prong) and drummer Johnny Kelly’s (Kill Devil Hill/ex-Type O Negative) loose playing, Skeletons has a decidedly punk-rock feel. (On a side note, Skeletons is the second straight covers album Victor has recorded, the first being Prong’s hardcore covers album, Songs from the Black Hole.)
“Devil’s Angels” (taken from a biker film of the same name), “Satan’s Sadists” (another from a movie of the same name), “Action Woman” (The Litters) and “Girl Like You” (The Troggs) are Danzig gone punk once again in 2015. He also tackles Black Sabbath’s “N.I.B” (one of the only songs here I had heard previously) and Elvis Presley’s “Let Yourself Go.” About these songs, Danzig told Rolling Stone: “If you took Elvis and (Black) 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.” Makes perfect sense to me.
Skeletons exposes the skeletons in Glenn Danzig’s closet—the songs that were closest to him in his youth and shaped him into the artist he became. Nothing more, nothing less. I dig it, and I think Danzig fans will, too. It’s nothing completely unexpected, but it’s a neat little release that only adds to his legacy.
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)
(Nuclear Blast Entertainment, November 27, 2015)