Glenn Danzig: Democrats are fascists disguised as liberals

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From what I understand, stickering albums is voluntary for record labels. Do you remember discussing the sticker with Rick Rubin?

Well, actually, back then it wasn't voluntary. There was a group that would listen to it and sticker it. Now it's voluntary. Back then, it was a group that would listen to your records and say, "Well, it needs 'Parental Advisory.'" It was kind of like the PMRC.
In other words, they kind of gave in to the PMRC a little, even though they wouldn't do what the PMRC wanted, what they did agree to was that there would be a group that would listen to a record and give it a "Parental Advisory." But really, what they didn't realize was that by giving it that sticker, it meant that it was approved for every kids who hate everything to buy it. [Laughs] So a Danzig and a Slayer record had the sticker, they were like, "Oh, it's got to be good because it has the sticker on it." You're not gonna see that sticker on a fucking Bon Jovi record.

When is the covers album you've been working on coming out?

It's done. I'm just waiting for my new deal for it to come out. I'm hoping for late fall. But we'll see.

How did you get together with [The Runaways'] Cherie Currie?

I recorded "Some Velvet Morning" with her. These managers that I fired wanted me to use some hip, new dorky chick. I was like, "No." And they were like, "Who were you thinking about?" And I was thinking of Cherie Currie. They were like, "What? No. No." I was like, "Yeah, it'll be cool." And of course they were so wrong, and I was so right. [Laughs] She's got a great voice. And you know her history. She's really easy to work with and really excited. It was great.

She's playing with me here in L.A. at the Universal Amphitheater. Gibson bought the rights to the name a while ago. We've played there a bunch, and they wanted us to play the last week before it got torn down for a Harry Potter ride. She went crazy when I asked her to do it and said, "Yeah, I've always wanted to play there. I never have." It's where she first saw David Bowie when she was 14 and it made her want to be a singer. And she's just so excited, it's great. I love that venue. It's one of my favorite places to play.

Your covers album also contains a Black Sabbath cover. Which song did you choose?

"N.I.B." I did an arrangement for it, back when [the 1994 Black Sabbath tribute album] Nativity in Black came out, and they couldn't work out a deal with Rick. I think they wanted singles rights and he wouldn't give it to them. So I did an arrangement for "N.I.B.," and for this album I retooled it and showed it to Tommy [Victor, guitar] and Johnny [Kelly, drums] and we did it.

I always liked your "Hand of Doom" cover.

Yeah, my "Hand of Doom" cover is crazy. I change stuff up. If you're not going to give a cover your own stamp, why cover it?

Do you have any favorite memories of coming through Minneapolis?

No. [Laughs] I remember all the gigs. I remember Samhain playing downstairs at the 7th St. Entry. I remember doing the upstairs with Danzig, a lot of different memories. There's been so many shows that we've done.

What were those Samhain gigs like? Misfits shows were so legendarily violent. Were Samhain gigs the same?

Yeah, in the beginning of Samhain, of course, and probably toward the end, there was no barricade. Sometimes you actually played on the floor right there with the fans. So anyone who got out of line, you had to deal with them yourself. There was no security or anything. I remember having to elbow people in the face and take people down while I'm singing and things like that. [Laughs] And there was a lot of cool stuff, too, where everyone would just come in and you'd put the mic out and everybody would just sing along. It was much different later on.

Read the review of Saturday's show at Myth here.

The 25th Anniversary of Danzig. 6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 17, at Myth. Info here.

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fieldy_14
fieldy_14

Danzig is a Satanist...so what does that mean about his statements?

Kurlis
Kurlis

Danzig is absolutely right. Modern Liberalism is illiberal and intolerant. Jonah Goldberg wrote about this apparently contradictory phenomenon in a book called Liberal Fascism.  Modern Liberalism is indeed an authoritarian creed that presupposes the government knows what's best for you better than you do and that individual liberties including freedom of expression are over-rated and indeed, dangerous.

swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

It's entirely possible Glenn Danzig is a raving asshole as a human being.  I don't care; I don't know him personally.  I've like a lot of his work, and that's all I know about him.

Obviously, he's not the most sophisticated of political thinkers.  Fascism isn't much about punishing people for saying naughty words, or controlling access to media.  It can certainly involve that, but so can all sorts of authoritarianism which are not fascist.  What makes a person or movement or political system Fascist is the synthesis of State and Corporate power, with a veneer of militaristic Nationalism, xenophobia, aggressive self-pity, and a culture of militant ignorance that pits the nearly-destitute against the truly-destitute, to the advantage of the Elites and the destruction of the Middle Class.

As it happens, Danzig is right, though for the wrong reasons.  The pro-corporate Democrats, often called "Neo-Liberal," are Fascists for sure.  And so are the pro-military "Neo-Conservatives," of either party.  And most of the Republicans, too.  

If America grouped politicians by ideology rather than by claimed team allegiance, most of our politicians would be Fascists.  I don't think most Americans are actually Fascists, but that's what our system have provided us with as choices.

As far as that goes, Glenn Danzig is right.

Mary Kit Frei
Mary Kit Frei

and we should care what this guy thinks because......???? LOL I know that SOME dems are a little more on the controlling side, and way to PC for even my taste. But what would you call Repulicans then..?? If dems are fascists then reps are Nazi's? lol to much fun

Becky Kotera
Becky Kotera

What? I had no idea he was coming to town!

Becca Hudson
Becca Hudson

Sure, he looks like he could be the head of Slytherin House, but I've gotta agree with his political points here.

LuxSeeker Renascentus
LuxSeeker Renascentus

There is a certain attitude that you either fit your mind into talking points or your ignorant. Government is seen as a way to coerce - see IRS

Nathan David Teegarden
Nathan David Teegarden

Pretty much. Al's OK. Betty and Amy I'm not sure about. But our delegation isn't representative of the national party.

david.steenhoek
david.steenhoek

Liberals don't know how to handle criticism, so this should go over well. (E.g.Comment below ) 

Gerald Nelson
Gerald Nelson

So what would that make republicans? Fascists poorly disguised as bigots and zealots?

redxiv
redxiv

@Kurlis Jonah Goldberg is a spectacularly stupid and dishonest man.

redxiv
redxiv

@swmnguy  

So-called "neo-liberalism" is actually just economic conservatism. Ronald Reagan was a neo-liberal, for God's sake!

calvinemporio
calvinemporio

@Mary Kit Frei why should you listen to him ? You shouldn't if you don't want to but he does happen to be one of your fellow Americans and you shouldn't judge him on the way he looks!We all have a voice and they should be heard politicians have blown it for themselves they no longer deserve a voice or a position they all need to answer to their crimes against the people Danzig happens to be one of the people with a voice who deserves to be heard just as you should be!

jareddmi
jareddmi

@Mary Kit Frei Don't pretend to be an idiot. Obviously political parties are bullshit. There is no ethical way to dominant other people. Political parties are made up social dogmas meant to attract the masses to rally behind in support so they don't notice they are being rammed in the backside by government coercion and brown people are getting blown up and shot overseas. But you should already know that so maybe I'm just speaking to the choir here. 

conspiracy.carrot
conspiracy.carrot

@Chad Liljegren Which one is it? They can't be both. You need to go back and read your 9th grade history book, moron.

digitaIprotocol
digitaIprotocol

@Gerald NelsonThey are the same as democrats, just the democrats are more PC when they speak and republicans don't try and sugarcoat what they say.

helmmatthews
helmmatthews

@Gerald Nelson I think they're fascists disguised as...fascists?

gmgaetz
gmgaetz

@jareddmi @jareddmi That's great except the little fact is that some sense of order needs to be there.  The people rising up and taking over the government probably isn't the greatest of ideas also.  The bottom line is selecting the lesser of two evils until someone gets a clue and works for the people and the better good of this country instead of working to promote one political party or another.  In my opinion, Obama, although far from perfect, nobody is, is doing a damn good job trying to make this country better for ALL of it's citizens rather than better for the top 10% of the wealthy.  If that's choosing liberals and democracy over conservative bull shit, then count me in.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@conspiracy.carrot      Gosh darn carrot, it always amuses me when morons call others morons.  Although fascism typically employs a mix of capitalism and socialism, who's to say they can't lean one way?  If you can have democracy and capitalism or communism and socialism, you can certainly have fascism and socialism.  "How"?  the nimrod asks.  Well carrot, one is a  form of government while the other is an economic system.

You went to public school, didn't you carrot?  That explains it.     

redxiv
redxiv

@Kurlis I repeat, Jonah Goldberg is a spectacularly stupid and dishonest man.

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