You Say It's Your Birthday: Danzig's John Christ

It's also Seal's birthday today.

Today is the birthday of Danzig guitarist John Christ, who

was born in 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded by musclebound darkhorse

vocalist Glenn Danzig, Danzig played their satanic card to become one of the

most parentally-feared bands in heavy metal history.

Danzig was once the

frontman for the influential punk band the Misfits before that group dissolved;

the split allowed him to form a new effort with bassist Eerie Von called

Samhain in 1982. Four years later the duo recruited Christ and drummer Chuck

Biscuits, dubbing them Danzig. After signing to Rick Rubin's Def American

label, their their self-titled debut was released in 1988.

Although that

album and its followup, Danzig II -- Lucifuge sold moderately, their

third effort, 1992's Danzig III: How The Gods Kill went to #24 on the

album charts. This was due in part to the scandal surrounding their video for

the single "Mother," a blues-inflected tune whose visuals were deemed too

strong for MTV's tastes. Their 1994 work Thralldemonsweatlive EP earned

praise from those metal aficionados Beavis and Butthead for its live version of

"Mother." Even though Glenn Danzig has been busy writing a couple of songs for

Johnny Cash, the band released a new album last year called

Blackacidevil. Meanwhile, a Danzig-less version of the Misfits has been

making some noise of late.

Other birthdays: Matt Garrett (Holy Barbarians),

Bob Engemann (Lettermen), Smokey Robinson, Lou Christie, Pierre Van Den Linden

(Focus), Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Mark Andes (Spirit), Frank Buchholz

(Scorpions), Dave Wakeling (The English Beat/General Public), Falco, Holly

Johnson (Frankie Goes To Hollywood), Seal and Prince Markie D (ex-Fat Boys). --

Beth Winegarner