Out Now: ‘Danzig Sings Elvis,’ 14 Songs of Glenn Danzig Singing Classics from The King

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Today, Glenn Danzig adds to his iconic catalog of music with Danzig Sings Elvis — which is exactly what its title suggests: A collection of 14 songs made popular by Elvis Presley, as reinterpreted by Danzig himself.

It was previewed in recent weeks with “One Night,” a song originally made into a 1958 hit by the King, when it hit No. 4 on the Billboard charts.

A focused effort was made with this project to tackle lesser-known Elvis songs rather than obvious classic hits:

While recording this project, it was important to not only include some well-known Elvis recordings, but also some that were not hits, but influential nonetheless. With tracks such as “One Night,” “First In Line,” “Like A Baby,” a sinister take on “Fever” and a haunting rendition of “Always On My Mind,” it is evident that Danzig cut no corners when creating this iconic record.

Glenn Danzig recently discussed the project and his appreciation for Elvis with Rolling Stone:

Obviously, when I was younger, everybody knew who Elvis was. I got into Elvis because I hated going to school, so I would play hooky a lot or cut school, and I’d stay home and watch old movies. I remember one day watching Jailhouse Rock. And just going, “Whoa.” By the end of the movie, I was like, “This guy’s cool. This is what I want to do.” [Laughs.]

And [my career]happened a lot like [Elvis’ character in Jailhouse Rock], too, because nobody would put out Misfits records, so I would take them everywhere, and people would tell me it was junk and noise. So I had to put it out myself. And then of course, along the way, people hear your stuff and then they rip it off. They tell you they’re not interested in your stuff, and then they rip off what you’re doing. It’s a typical story. I’m sure it’s happened to a million other people. So that was it for me.

1. Is It So Strange
2. One Night
3. Lonely Blue Boy
4. First In Line
5. Baby Let’s Play House
6. Love Me
7. Pocket Full Of Rainbows
8. Fever
9. When It Rains It Really Pours
10. Always On My Mind
11. Loving Arms
12. Like A Baby
13. Girl Of My Best Friend
14. Young And Beautiful

Stream Danzig Sings Elvis below, via Spotify:

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