Album: Danzig
Label: Def American
Producer: Rick Rubin

Rubin led a few of punk's children back to rock-and-roll, none more portentously than Glenn Danzig. Danzig had been the leader of the “horror punk” band Misfits in the 1980s. By the time Danzig and Rubin met, Misfits had long since broken up, and Glenn Danzig had started a new band, Samhain.

 

Because Danzig's style was still very much beyond the fringes of American rock radio, 'Mother' remained the rock classic that wasn't

 

Rick basically told Danzig, “You're the star,” and offered to sign him as a solo act to Def Jam. And Glenn basically told Rick, “not without my band.” The compromise came in the form of a band name change to simply “Danzig,” focusing the attention on the muscular, brooding lead singer with a voice like a gothic, evil Elvis.

“Mother” was the standout track from Danzig's 1988 Rubin-produced debut album, one of the first on his newly-formed Def American label. But because Danzig's style was still very much beyond the fringes of American rock radio, “Mother” remained the rock classic that wasn't…

That is until 1993, when Danzig's live version, “Mother '93,” became an MTV hit.