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"Die, Die My Darling"
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The single's cover artwork was derived from a 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills .
Single by the Misfits
from the album Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood
  • "We Bite"
  • "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?"
ReleasedMay 1984
Format 12" vinyl
RecordedAugust 1981, October 1982
Genre Horror punk
Label Plan 9
Songwriter(s) Glenn Danzig
Producer(s) Spot
Misfitssingles chronology
"Die, Die My Darling"
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"Die, Die, My Darling" is the sixth single by the horror punk band the Misfits. It was released in May 1984 on singer Glenn Danzig's label Plan 9 Records, seven months after the band's breakup. The song is titled after the 1965 horror film Fanatic , which had been released in the United States under the title Die! Die! My Darling! The cover of the single is derived from the cover of the September 1953 issue number 19 of the comic book Chamber of Chills . [2] The back cover artwork was created by artist Pushead. [3]

Horror punk

Horror punk is a music genre that mixes proto-gothic and punk rock sounds with morbid and violent imagery and lyrics, which are often influenced by horror films or science fiction B-movies. The genre is similar to and sometimes overlaps with deathrock, although deathrock leans more towards an atmospheric gothic rock sound while horror punk leans towards a 1950s-influenced doo-wop and rockabilly sound. Horror punk music is typically more aggressive and melodic than deathrock.

Misfits (band) American punk rock band

The Misfits are an American punk rock band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. Founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, the original lineup consisted of vocalist and keyboardist Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and drummer Manny Martínez. Danzig and Only were the only consistent members throughout the next six years, during which they released several EPs and singles, and with Only's brother Doyle as guitarist, the albums Walk Among Us (1982) and Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983), both considered touchstones of the early-1980s hardcore punk movement. The band has had several lineup changes over the years, with bassist Jerry Only being the only constant member in the group.

Glenn Danzig American musician

Glenn Danzig is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer from Lodi, New Jersey. He is the founder of the bands Misfits, Samhain and Danzig. He owns the Evilive record label as well as Verotik, an adult-oriented comic book publishing company.



The "Die, Die My Darling" single was released nine months after the Misfits' October 1983 breakup. "Die, Die My Darling" was recorded in August 1981 during sessions for Walk Among Us , but was not included on the album. A live version of "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" did appear on Walk Among Us, which was released in March 1982. "We Bite" and the studio version of "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" were recorded in a different session in October 1982. "Die, Die My Darling" was remixed and added, along with "We Bite", to the international version of the 1983 album Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood . All three tracks were added to subsequent reissues of Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood, in addition to being released as the "Die, Die My Darling" single. [3]

<i>Walk Among Us</i> 1982 studio album by the Misfits

Walk Among Us is the debut full-length album by American punk rock band Misfits. The band's first full-length album to be released, it was originally co-released by Ruby and Slash Records as JRR804 in March 1982.

A remix is a piece of media which has been altered from its original state by adding, removing, and/or changing pieces of the item. A song, piece of artwork, books, video, or photograph can all be remixes. The only characteristic of a remix is that it appropriates and changes other materials to create something new.

Pressing information

The first pressing run of "Die, Die, My Darling" consisted of 5000 black and 500 purple 12" vinyl copies, all with "C&P Hell-bent Music" on center labels. The second pressing run consisted of 500 white 12" vinyl copies. The vinyl has since been reprinted through Caroline Records. [3]

Caroline Records American record label

Caroline Records is a record label. Caroline has or had a number of subsidiary labels including Astralwerks, Gyroscope, Caroline Blue Plate, Rocks the World, Scamp, and Passenger.


The cover of the single was derived from issue 19 of Chamber of Chills , September 1953. Chamber of Chills 19 cover.jpg
The cover of the single was derived from issue 19 of Chamber of Chills , September 1953.

"Die, Die My Darling" and "Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" were both included on the 1986 compilation album Misfits , while "We Bite" was included on Collection II in 1995. All three tracks were included in The Misfits box set in 1996.

A compilation album comprises tracks, which may be previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers. If by one artist, then generally the tracks were not originally intended for release together as a single work, but may be collected together as a greatest hits album or box set. If from several performers, there may be a theme, topic, time period, or genre which links the tracks, or they may have been intended for release as a single work—such as a tribute album. When the tracks are by the same recording artist, the album may be referred to as a retrospective album or an anthology.

<i>Misfits</i> (Misfits album) compilation album by The Misfits

Misfits is a compilation album of early songs from the American punk rock band the Misfits. The compilation is officially titled Misfits, but is commonly referred to as Collection I and was made up as the first half of a pair with the later release of the compilation album Collection II. It includes several versions of songs that are exclusive to this compilation.

<i>Collection II</i> compilation album

Misfits II is the companion album to The Misfits' Collection I. Both compilations collect all the early singles and the entire Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood album, and are meant to complement Walk Among Us and Legacy of Brutality with little overlap. All the early singles are supposed to be represented, although alternative versions of some songs are used instead of the original releases.

Track listing

All tracks written by Glenn Danzig.

Side A
1."Die, Die My Darling"3:11
Side B
1."We Bite"1:15
2."Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?"2:03
Total length:6:29



Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein American musician

Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein is an American guitarist best known for his material with the horror punk band the Misfits and his own band eponymously named Doyle.

Jerry Only American musician

Jerry Only is an American musician, well known as the bassist for the Misfits and later the vocalist as well. He is the only member to appear in every Misfits lineup.

Studio personnel

Metallica version

"Die, Die My Darling"
Metallica - Die, Die My Darling cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album Garage Inc.
B-side "Sabbra Cadabra (live)/Mercyful Fate (live)"
ReleasedJune 7, 1999
Format CD single
RecordedSeptember–October 1998 at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California
Genre Crossover thrash
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Glenn Danzig
Metallica singles chronology
"Whiskey in the Jar"
"Die, Die My Darling"
"Nothing Else Matters '99"

"Die, Die My Darling" was covered by the American heavy metal band Metallica for their 1998 covers album Garage Inc. Metallica's version was released as a single in Australia, Germany, Japan, and Mexico, and reached number 26 on Billboard 's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States. [3]

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein praised the cover version saying that "I couldn’t believe it when I first heard it!" [4]

Track listing

Australian version
1."Die, Die My Darling" (originally performed by the Misfits) Glenn Danzig 2:29
2."Sabbra Cadabra" (live; originally performed by Black Sabbath) Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward 7:05
3."Mercyful Fate" (live; medley of songs originally performed by Mercyful Fate) King Diamond, Hank Shermann 11:11
4."Whiskey in the Jar" (cover of Thin Lizzy version) traditional 5:05
5."Turn the Page" (originally performed by Bob Seger)Bob Seger6:06
Total length:31:56
German and Japanese versions
1."Die, Die My Darling" (originally performed by the Misfits)Danzig2:29
2."Sabbra Cadabra" (live; originally performed by Black Sabbath)Iommi, Butler, Ward7:05
3."Mercyful Fate" (live; medley of songs originally performed by Mercyful Fate)Diamond, Shermann11:11
Total length:20:45
Mexican version
1."Die, Die My Darling" (originally performed by the Misfits)Danzig2:29
Total length:2:29

Release history

United StatesJune 7, 1999 Vinyl, CD Elektra
United KingdomJune 14, 1999 Vinyl, CD Elektra
AustraliaJune 19, 1999 Vinyl, CD Elektra


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