Amazon Users Score Surprise Vinyl Finds via “Danzig Roulette” Glitch

Purchase Danzig’s ‘6:66 Satan’s Child,’ and enjoy titles by the Shins, Khruangbin, MF DOOM, Phoebe Bridgers and more instead

Amazon Users Score Surprise Vinyl Finds via 'Danzig Roulette' Glitch

Photo: Frank Schwichtenberg (Danzig)

Published Jan 16, 2024

A Danzig album from 1999 recently topped Amazon‘s list of best-selling vinyl and CD releases, briefly dethroning multiple Taylor Swift albums in the process — the result of an order fulfilment fumble leaving buyers with entirely different records than they ordered.

Last week (January 12), listeners lurking Reddit’s r/vinyl community were alerted to a Danzig LP listed for $11.55 USD — an incredibly low price for a new record today — which, upon ordering, led to a random title being shipped to the buyer.

The album in question was Danzig’s sixth studio album, 1999’s 6:66 Satan’s ChildNotably, the album features “Thirteen,” a song the frontman wrote for Johnny Cash that would go on to be featured in The Hangover. It’s no Danzig Sings Elvis, but with sounds Exclaim! previously characterized as “intense and lush,” the LP is far from his worst effort.

Before long, those in the know began taking a chance on the nicely-priced mystery order, dubbing the game “Danzig Roulette” and sharing their finds.

Serious scores included Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Return of the Dream Canteen, De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising, MF DOOM’s Born Like This, the Fleet Foxes debut, Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, Songs: Ohia’s The Magnolia Electric Co.Chutes Too Narrow by the Shins and the sought-after, box set reissue of Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

However, not everyone was as lucky in receiving a mystery record they enjoyed. A particularly pissed-off user left Amazon a review on the Satan’s Child listing, sharing how they ordered a total of six separate times only to open albums by “[Weyes] Blood(?!) BLUEY, Hiri Kone(?!), Frank Zappa, Wilco and Bush. But not Danzig.”

Since the “Danzig Roulette” wheel started spinning, Amazon appears to have both delisted Satan’s Child for purchase, and removed it from their list of best-selling music — though a screenshot of it sitting atop the chart proves that T. Swift’s retail stranglehold can be broken by only the most demonic challengers.

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