Die, Die My Darling

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"Die, Die My Darling"
Misfits - Die, Die My Darling cover.jpg
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./Wolf's Blood
B-side
Released May 1984
Format 12-inch
Recorded August 1981 and October 1982
Genre Horror punk
Length 3:11
Label Plan 9
Songwriter(s) Glenn Danzig
Producer(s) Spot
Misfits singles chronology
"Halloween"
(1981)
"Die, Die My Darling"
(1984)
"Dig Up Her Bones"
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

"Die, Die My Darling" is a song by the American horror punk band 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]

Background

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 & 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 & 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]

Release

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]

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 & 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 boxed set The Misfits, released in 1996.

Critical reception

Victor W. Valdivia of AllMusic reviewed "Die, Die My Darling" positively, and wrote that the title song "ranks amongs the best the Misfits ever recorded -- pure, brutal energy unleashed."[1] Aaron Lariviere of Stereogum ranked "Die, Die My Darling" as the best Misfits song, writing that "Never once does the energy flag. The stomp that launches the song out the gate carries through the entire running time, building up to stomp even harder before crumbling to chaos at the end", and calling it "the perfect sendoff for one of the best punk bands of all time".[4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Glenn Danzig.

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Die, Die My Darling" 3:11
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "We Bite" 1:15
2. "Mommy, Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight" 2:03
Total length: 6:29

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)"
Released June 7, 1999
Format CD
Recorded September and October 1998
Studio The Plant (Sausalito, CA)
Genre Heavy metal
Length 2:29
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s) Glenn Danzig
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Whiskey in the Jar"
(1999)
"Die, Die My Darling"
(1999)
"Nothing Else Matters '99"
(1999)

"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]

Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein praised the cover version saying that "I couldn’t believe it when I first heard it!"[5]

Track listing

Australian version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
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 Seger 6:06
Total length: 31:56
German and Japanese versions
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Die, Die My Darling" (originally performed by the Misfits) Danzig 2:29
2. "Sabbra Cadabra" (live; originally performed by Black Sabbath) Iommi, Butler, Ward 7:05
3. "Mercyful Fate" (live; medley of songs originally performed by Mercyful Fate) Diamond, Shermann 11:11
Total length: 20:45
Mexican version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Die, Die My Darling" (originally performed by the Misfits) Danzig 2:29
Total length: 2:29

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United States June 7, 1999 Vinyl, CD Elektra
United Kingdom June 14, 1999 Vinyl, CD Elektra
Australia June 19, 1999 Vinyl, CD Elektra

Personnel

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Valdivia, Víctor W. "Die, Die My Darling - Misfits". AllMusic. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  2. ^ "The Comic Book Database". comicbookdb.com. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
  3. ^ a b c d "Misfits discography". Misfits.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
  4. ^ Lariviere, Aaron (October 31, 2012). "The 10 Best Misfits Songs". Stereogum. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Angle, Brad. "Dear Guitar Hero: Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein Talks 'Abominator,' Misfits, Danzig and Homemade Gear". Guitar World. Retrieved 13 April 2015.

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