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WALT DISNEY COMPANY Signs Occultic Rock Band

The Walt Disney Company is now using another one of its properties to spread the company's latest anti-family offering.

Hollywood Records, a Walt Disney Company subsidiary, has released an album by the rock group Danzig. Danzig is fronted by Glenn Danzig whose work, according to the Los Angeles Times, is "laced with satanic themes." The heavy metal singer's publicist denies her client is a satanist, but admits the album Blackacidevil includes lots of "dark, Gothic and sexual imagery."

"I guess this is the next step for Disney," said Tim Wildmon, vice president of the American Family Association. "We've seen their anti-family efforts in films and in books, so music is the next wall to fall. What's so sickening here is that Disney is bringing Satanic themes into the teen market," added Wildmon.


  • Beginnings: late '70s punk and "death rock" scene.
  • Discography: Danzig (1988); Lucifuge (1990, the lyric page unfolds into an upside down cross); How the Gods Kill (1992); Thrall - Demonsweatlive (1993); Danzig 4 (1994).
  • Band leader: Glen Danzig, a "self-styled" occultist who borrows his ideas from comic books, occult literature and horror movies." "He projects a mystique that he is something more than human and not quite of this world."
Information from
It's all Rock and Roll To Me
by David S. Hart.
How far across the line is the group Danzig? The group's music video It's Coming Down has been banned from MTV because of scenes of sadomasochism, masturbation, urination and genital mutilation. Even the pornographic Playboy Channel cable network will not air the work of the group that Disney produces. "Just think about that for a minute. Playboy, one of the largest pornographers in the world, won't air Danzig's video, yet Disney, which bills itself as the world's largest provider of family entertainment, sees fit to promote Danzig's music. It just doesn't make sense," said Wildmon.

Disney's decision to sign Danzig to a seven figure contract suggests that something other than profit may be behind the company's choice of musical acts for its Hollywood Records label. According to the Los Angeles Times, the group's recent recordings have not approached the sale of 500,000 units. Several Disney competitors questioned the signing of Danzig to such a lucrative deal, when conventional

wisdom says the Satanic group could have been put under contract for a lot less. "Disney and Hollywood Records wanted this group on its roster desperately enough to spend at least $1,000,000 to make sure Danzig became synonymous with Disney," added Wildmon. "If that's the way they want it, we'll be more than happy to let America's families know that dollars they drop on those cuddly dalmatians are being recycled to pay for music that honors the devil."

Los Angeles Times, 10/21/96

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