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This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs
(FROM LEFT) CHUCK BISCUITS, GLENN DANZIG, EERIE VON AND JOHN CHRIST MEMBERS OF DANZIG.

(FROM LEFT) CHUCK BISCUITS, GLENN DANZIG, EERIE VON AND JOHN CHRIST

With legendary frontman Glenn Danzig set to release his Skeletons covers album (read review), it’s time to take a look back at the early Danzig recordings, featuring the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active from 1987 to 1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994). Not to discredit Danzig’s later recordings, but much like the songs on Skeletons were a huge part of Glenn Danzig’s youth, songs from these albums were of mine, and they helped to shape me into the metalhead I am today. Here are my top 10 Danzig songs.

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This entry is part 1 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4(1994).

Danzig2na1. “Her Black Wings”
(Danzig II: Lucifuge, 1990)

For myself, “Her Black Wings” is the signature Danzig track. It encompasses all the evil and occult nature of this band, along with being a perfectly executed song. The music video is also iconic. Lyrically, Glenn seems to be enchanted by a Demoness of which he’ll be taken to Hell, under “her black wings.”

Honorable mentions that could have very easily cracked the Top 10: “Twist of Cain” (Danzig) “Snakes of Christ” (Danzig II: Lucifuge), “Sistinas” (Danzig III: How the Gods Kill), “Bringer of Death” (Danzig 4)

This entry is part 2 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig2na2. “Killer Wolf”
(Danzig II: Lucifuge, 1990)

This song didn’t start out as one my favorite Danzig tracks, but the bluesy and equally creepy “Killer Wolf” grew on me and has stood the test of time. Danzig had said that “Killer Wolf” is his version of an old blues song about a guy who wolfs around the door of every girl in town.” I remember this video originally airing on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball nearly as much as “Mother.” On a side note, Danzig sure did make a lot of music videos back in the day, didn’t he?

This entry is part 3 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_cover3. “Mother”
(Danzig, 1988)

Most casual fans would probably have guessed “Mother” as the No. 1 Danzig song in this list. Well, I’m no casual fan. Don’t get me wrong, the song is fantastic and is still the band’s most well known song, but there’s a couple a like even more. This was, however, the first song I ever heard from Danzig on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball way back in 1988. My initial feelings were mixed, as it was like nothing I had ever heard. I was even more shocked when the song became a smash in 1993 when a live version appeared on Thrall/Demonsweatlive and another music video was made.

 

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_III_How_the_Gods_Kill4. “How the Gods Kill”
(Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, 1992)

As I previously stated, How the Gods Kill is Danzig’s most complete album. Slotting in a track no. 4 and clocking in a nearly six minutes long, the title track is one of Danzig’s most epic recording achievements. From Glenn’s lyrics and slow, quiet parts, to the uproar of another classic riff from John Christ, it’s easy to get lost in this song. “Would you let it go?”

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig2na5. “Devil’s Plaything”
(Danzig II: Lucifuge, 1990)

Danzig’s debut album had already perked my interested in the band, but it wasn’t until Danzig II: Lucifuge that I was a true Danzig fan, and later a “fiend.” From Danzig’s channeling of Jim Morrison to the bluesy metal riffs, Lucifuge has a unique and nostalgic sound from start to finish. “Devil’s Plaything” is one of the only Danzig songs I can see the ladies getting into. I know it’s weird for me to say this, but it’s a song tailored made for strip clubs and it’s sexy in it’s own way.

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_III_How_the_Gods_Kill6. “Dirty Black Summer”
(Danzig III: How the Gods Kill, 1992)

Released in July 1992 and featuring album art by H. R. Giger, Danzig III: How the Gods Kill is arguably the most complete sounding Danzig recording from start to finish. It’s heavier than the first two Danzig albums, while also possessing an atmosphere of gloom and doom. I was 14 years old at the time of its release and the song “Dirty Black Summer” was my soundtrack for the summer. Hunkered down in my bedroom, I spent many of nights listening to Danzig III. The summertime thunderstorm intro is instantly recognizable.

This entry is part 7 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig47. “Can’t Speak”
(Danzig 4, 1994)

Danzig had already had a few ballads under its belt, but in 1994 “Can’t Speak” became an MTV hit and only Danzig’s second single to chart. The band has said that the song was originally meant to be “Let It Be Captured” (also on Danzig 4) played backwards (as a ode to those accusing the band of Satanic messages), but it ended up becoming a new song, “Can’t Speak.”

 

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4(1994).

Danzig48. “Until You Call On the Dark”
(Danzig 4, 1994)
Danzig at his most evil, his most occult. “Until You Call on the Dark”‘s sinister guitar riff and chanting chorus are the perfect soundtrack to a ritual. The song is so evil, in fact, that Polish death metal overlords, Behemoth covered the song in 2005. I’m not entirely sure what’s going on in the video, nor had I ever seen it until now, but check it out below:

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4(1994).

Danzig49. “Brand New God”
(Danzig 4, 1994)

Though “Brand New God” may or may not be in other fan’s Top 10 lists, I distinctively remember this pummeling opening track of Danzig 4 because it was the first song they played when I saw Danzig live November 29, 1994 at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Md. Type O Negative and Godflesh were in support.

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series The Top 10 Danzig songs

Here are my Top 10 Danzig songs of the now-classic original lineup of Danzig (vocals), John Christ (guitars), Eerie Von (bass) and Chuck Biscuits (drums). This lineup was active years 1987-1994 and released the most iconic and revered albums among fans with Danzig (1988), Danzig II: Lucifuge (1990), Danzig III: How the Gods Kill (1992) and Danzig 4 (1994).

Danzig_cover10. “Am I Demon”
(Danzig, 1988)

“Am I Demon”‘s vintage stripped-down sound and John Christ’s Iommi-like guitar riff makes this the most Sabbath-inspired Danzig song. Glenn was largely influenced by Ozzy and co. and later went on to cover the Black Sabbath song “Hand of Doom,” and most recently, “N.I.B.”