(Every Day Is) Halloween

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"All Day / (Every Day Is) Halloween"
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Single by Ministry
A-side "All Day"
B-side "(Every Day Is) Halloween"
Released 1984
Format 12" single
Genre Synthpop [1]
Label Wax Trax!
Songwriter(s) Al Jourgensen
Producer(s) Al Jourgensen
Ministry singles chronology
"Nature of Love"
(1984)
"All Day / (Every Day Is) Halloween"
(1984)
"Over the Shoulder"
(1986)

"Nature of Love"
(1984)
"All Day / (Every Day Is) Halloween"
(1984)
"Over the Shoulder"
(1986)
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"All Day" and "(Every Day Is) Halloween" are songs by American band Ministry, both written and produced by Al Jourgensen. These were originally released by Wax Trax! Records in 1984 as Ministry's “comeback” single following their departure from Arista Records, [3] :78 with "All Day" on the A-side and "(Every Day Is) Halloween" on the B-side, respectively. In 1987, these were included on Ministry's compilation Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984) . The remixed version of "All Day", titled “All Day Remix”, was featured on Ministry's 1986 album Twitch . [4] “(Every Day Is) Halloween” has been featured in the 1998 Rhino Records compilation Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Halloween. [5]

Ministry (band) American industrial metal band

Ministry is an American rock band founded in 1981 by Al Jourgensen in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a synth-pop outfit, Ministry's sound changed as they became one of the pioneers of industrial metal in the late 1980s. The band's lineup has frequently changed throughout its history, with the exception of Jourgensen who is the band's main producer, singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. Notable musicians who have contributed to the band's studio or live activities include Paul Barker, Martin Atkins, Bill Rieflin, Chris Connelly, Nivek Ogre, Mike Scaccia, Rey Washam, Paul Raven, Tommy Victor, Roy Mayorga, John Bechdel, Jason Christopher, Tony Campos, Burton C. Bell and DJ Swamp.

Al Jourgensen musician

Allen David Jourgensen is a Cuban-American singer-songwriter, musician and music producer. Closely related with scene surrounding the independent record label Wax Trax! Records, Jourgensen has an active musical career that spans four decades, and is best known as the frontman of the industrial rock band Ministry, which he founded in 1981 and of which he remains the only constant member. He was also primary musician of several Ministry-related projects, such as Revolting Cocks, Lard, Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters, and others. Aside from the aforementioned bands, he has produced and/or recorded with numerous other artists, including The Reverend Horton Heat, Prong, Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, The Blackouts, Alan Vega, Iggy Pop, Adrian Sherwood, Jello Biafra and others. Jourgensen is regarded as being one of the most prominent figures of industrial music,</ref> influencing numerous other groups and musicians, both in alternative and industrial-associated acts.

Wax Trax! Records is an American independent record label based in Chicago. It began as a record shop in Denver, Colorado, opened by Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher, who sold the store in 1978 and moved to Chicago. In November of that year, they opened a store under the same name in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. During the 1980s and 1990s, the accompanying record label became a presence on the new wave and punk rock scenes in the city. The label was purchased in 1992 by TVT Records and was discontinued in 2001. In 2014, it was re-established by Julia Nash, daughter of co-founder Jim Nash.

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Music writer Dave Thompson described "(Every Day Is) Halloween" as having been "adopted as the anthem of America's disenfranchised Gothic community." [6]

Dave Thompson is an English writer who is the author of more than 100 books, largely dealing with rock and pop music, but also covering film, sports, philately, numismatics and erotica.

Goth subculture Contemporary subculture

The goth subculture is a subculture that began in England during the early 1980s, where it developed from the audience of gothic rock, an offshoot of the post-punk genre. The name, goth subculture, derived directly from the music genre. Seminal post-punk and gothic rock artists that helped develop and shape the subculture include Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Cure, Joy Division, and Bauhaus. The goth subculture has survived much longer than others of the same era, and has continued to diversify and spread throughout the world. Its imagery and cultural proclivities indicate influences from 19th-century Gothic literature and gothic horror films. The scene is centered on music festivals, nightclubs and organized meetings, especially in Western Europe.

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."All Day"5:51
2."(Every Day Is) Halloween"6:35
3."Halloween (Remix)"10:41
4."Nature of Outtakes"8:10

2010 single

No.TitleLength
1."Every Day Is Halloween"6:24
2."Every Day Is Halloween" (2010 Version)4:29

Every Day Is Halloween: The Remixes

No.TitleLength
1."Every Day Is Halloween"6:24
2."Every Day Is Halloween" (Nu Wave Version)6:03
3."Every Day Is Halloween" (Al Jourgensen Mix)4:29
4."Every Day Is Halloween" (Razed in Black Remix)4:24
5."Every Day Is Halloween" (Leather Strip Remix)4:46
6."Every Day Is Halloween" (Tre Lux cover version)4:17

Personnel

Credits adapted from liner notes of the “All Day / (Every Day Is) Halloween” single, Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984) and Twitch . [7] [8] [9]

<i>Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984)</i> album by Ministry

Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984) is a compilation album by American rock band Ministry, first released in 1987 by Wax Trax! Records. It comprises tracks from early non-album singles originally released on the label. The album was reissued by Cleopatra Records in 2014, including a second CD of early tracks.

<i>Twitch</i> (Ministry album) album by Ministry

Twitch is the second studio album by American rock band Ministry, released on March 12, 1986 by Sire Records. Recorded mostly in London and West Berlin during 1985, it was produced by the band's frontman Al Jourgensen and On-U Sound Records owner Adrian Sherwood. It stepped away from the synthpop-oriented form of their debut studio album With Sympathy (1983) and moved toward a darker, more aggressive sound, heavily influenced by industrial dance groups Cabaret Voltaire and Front 242.

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a plucked string instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Stephen 'Stevo' George is a former drummer and one of the founding members of the American industrial rock band Ministry. George performed on the band's earliest recordings, including their early singles for the Wax Trax! record label, and their debut album, With Sympathy, released in 1983. He was the drummer for the short-lived pop band Colortone. Since then, George has become a successful producer and mixer, working with many pop artists who have sold gold and platinum records.

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<i>With Sympathy</i> album by Ministry

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References

  1. Ladouceur 2011, p. 89: “With its bouncy synthpop rhythms and lyrics all about woe-begotten Goth life, it's up there to ‘Bela Lugosi’s Dead’ on the short list of universal Goth anthems...”
  2. Book, John. "Everyday is Halloween - Ministry". AllMusic. All Media Network . Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  3. Blush, Steven (October 1991). "Cult of Personality". Spin Magazine . Vol. 7 no. 7. pp. 77–78. ISSN   0886-3032 . Retrieved February 23, 2018 via Google Books.
  4. Reed 2013, pp. 237–238.
  5. MTV News Staff (June 27, 1998). "Ministry And More On Fright Disc". MTV . Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  6. Thompson, Dave. Alternative Rock. San Francisco, California: Miller Freeman Books. p. 497. ISBN   0879306076 . Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  7. “All Day / (Everyday Is) Halloween” (vinyl disc). Ministry. Chicago, IL: Wax Trax! Records. 1985. WAX 007.
  8. Twelve Inch Singles (1981–1984) (vinyl disc). Ministry. Chicago, IL: Wax Trax! Records. 1987. WAXCD 035.
  9. Twitch (vinyl disc). Ministry. Sire Records. 1986. 9 25309-1.

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