Danzig – Dirty Black Summer (Danzig) b/w When Death Had No Name (Danzig) & Bodies (Danzig)

1992

This heavy and foreboding solo project, beefed up by Rick Rubin in the executive producer’s role, proves why Def Jam were such an essential rock label in the early 1990s.

This classic track was culled from the How The Gods Kill record – an album which hit 24 in the Billboard Hot 100 and briefly transformed founder member and driving force Glenn Danzig into an MTV star.

Multi-talented – and credited with writing songs for the likes of Roy Orbison – Danzig shot to fame with The Misfits before Rubin signed him to Def Jam and decided to use the singer songwriter’s surname as the new band monicker. Dirty Black Summer gained heavy rotation on MTV and is still a live favourite. Danzig’s new metal album, Deth Red Sabaoth, is due for release later this summer and a slew of live dates are in the offing. We can’t wait – bring on Dirty Black Summer 2010…