During high school, I discovered Danzig. Something I am sure my parents wished I wouldn’t have. But the phase of me listening to “Mother” and wearing all black and dying my hair black was short-lived, so they can’t complain too much.
That brings me to the other weekend when I was watching the movie The Hangover starring Bradley Cooper and some other people and Mike Tyson. The first scene is a flash forward that kind of sets you up for the movie. But what really got my attention was the track playing as the opening credits roll over panoramic views of Vegas. A little research told me that it was my old pal Danzig and his song, “Thirteen.”
Some of you may think that he remade this Johnny Cash song which appeared on Cash’s American Recordings album. Not so. Come to find out Glenn Danzig actually wrote it for Cash in 1994, in “20 minutes” according to Danzig. Now he’s covering his own song.
I put a link to a clip of the beginning of The Hangover below. The first line is in German and my German isn’t good enough to translate so I hope it’s nothing bad. Anyway, the song is fittingly haunting over views of Vegas. To me, it kind of reflects the empty soul of Vegas. Enjoy.
btw, you can’t get it on itunes unless you buy the soundtrack.
Just for kicks….here is the Cash version: