Full Metal Jackie recently conducted an interview with Glenn Danzig (The Misfits, Samhain and Danzig), who talks about a “Legacy” TV special, the long-awaited covers album and the possibility of new music. Asked about his influences and the covers album, which was announced almost exactly a year ago, Glenn replied:
“Elvis, of course, I heard when I was a kid and Sabbath when I was a young teenager, but the ZZ Top song is a song I heard later on because it’s a song that no one would ever think I would cover, because it’s not one of their earlier songs. It’s a song I always liked and thought that they didn’t do a good job with. I mean, it’s terrible to say that but… it’s a really good song and so I wanted to cover it and give it the respect it deserved. Maybe they didn’t think about it the way I did, maybe when they were doing it they had a certain thing in mind. My idea of covers is that you should never cover a song and do it exactly like the artist because everyone’s always going to compare it to the way the original artists did it and they’re just going to go, “Oh, I like the original better.” I wanted to make it my own and take it in a different direction, maybe a different direction they didn’t really think of at the time or would never think of, because I have a much different background than they do. There’s a ton of other cool covers on there. I did a lot of covers people wouldn’t think I would do, like “Biker” soundtrack theme song that I made crazy. There’s a Lee Hazlewood/Nancy Sinatra cover on there and I had Cherie Currie come down and sing the Nancy Sinatra part. She’s really cool and has a great voice and it was just awesome and I wanted to keep that cool, older, ’70s vibe because the Misfits came on the tail end of the ’70s and I wanted to keep that vibe. The managers and lots of other people suggested the new alternative girls and I was, like, “That’s not what I want and here’s who I’m thinking of” and they were like “What?” and it’s fantastic; she did such a great job.”
Glenn was also asked if the Danzig band has been working on new material, which will be their first since 2010’s Deth Red Sabaoth, he replied, “Actually, Tommy and I just cut a new track the other day. It was a song I had written for somebody else, and I just decided I would do it on my own, and that came out really heavy. I think at the end of this run, me, Tommy and Johnny are going to go in and cut some other songs.”
You can read the rest of the interview here.