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Thursday, October 29, 2009

R.I.P. Chuck Biscuits

One of my favorite bands in high school was Danzig. Most folks of course know the singer and namesake of the band, Glenn Danzig from his time in the Misfits and Samhain and from the breakthrough hit Danzig had with their song "Mother". His vocal style is instantly recognizable (you don't hear too many people that sound like the satanic spawn of Elvis and Jim Morrison), but a huge and defining component of Danzig's (the band) popularity was Glenn's backing band (not unlike how David Lee Roth's early solo material was held up by the playing of Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan and Greg Bissonette). The "classic" line-up that recorded the first four albums (Danzig, Danzig II: Lucifuge, Danzig III: How The Gods Kill, Danzig 4) included Eerie Von on bass, John Christ on guitar and Chuck Biscuits on drums. Chuck was a monster of a drummer and provided an incredible backbone to this (literally and figuratively) muscular band. Chuck also spent time behind the kit for legends like Black Flag, Circle Jerks, D.O.A., Samhain, Social Distortion and (as I was suprised to learn today) even a few tracks by Run D.M.C.(!). Sadly, he passed away this past weekend after battling throat cancer at the age of 44. No matter who you are or what you've done in life, that is way too early of an age to be taken away. Personally, I'll be cranking Danzig II: Lucifuge this evening before I go out as my way of paying respect to a guy who contributed to records that were a big part of my life growing up. Thanks Chuck and have fun up there.

"Twist Of Cain"

"Her Black Wings"

"Dirty Black Summer"

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