Animal House (U.D.O. album)

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Animal House
Studio album by U.D.O.
Released November 3, 1987
Recorded Dierks Studios, Cologne, Germany, August–October, 1987
Genre Heavy Metal
Length 47:12
Label RCA, AFM Records (Anniversary Edition)
Producer Mark Dodson
U.D.O. chronology
Animal House
(1987)
Mean Machine
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Animal House is the 1987 debut album from U.D.O. after Udo Dirkschneider's departure from Accept. It was recorded August–October 1987 at Dierks Studios, Cologne. It charted #41 in Sweden.

The performance of the song "Lay Down the Law" is credited to Accept and U.D.O..

Pulheimer Kinder- und Jugendchor contribute vocals to "They Want War".

In some releases a picture of the tour band including Dieter Rubach and Andy Susemihl was featured in the booklet. The album cover shows the line-up that recorded the album. An "Animal House" Tour followed in early 1988. During this time they also did tours with Guns N' Roses, Lita Ford and Zodiac Mindwarp. After Rubach left the band, they supported Ozzy Osbourne on all European dates in 1989.

Track listing[edit]

All songs and lyrics by Accept and Deaffy respectively.

No. Title Length
1. "Animal House"   4:23
2. "Go Back to Hell"   4:35
3. "They Want War"   4:14
4. "Black Widow"   4:35
5. "In the Darkness"   4:07
6. "Lay Down the Law"   3:50
7. "We Want It Loud"   4:10
8. "Hot Tonight" (CD bonus track not included on vinyl edition) 4:47
9. "Warrior"   4:26
10. "Coming Home"   3:44
11. "Run for Cover"   4:49
Total length:
47:38

2012 AFM Records Anniversary Edition[edit]

No. Title Length
12. "Animal House" (Live) 3:58
13. "They Want War" (Live) 5:42
14. "In The Darkness" (Live) 6:05
15. "They Want War" (Video) 4:01
16. "Go Back To Hell" (Live video) 4:25
Total length:
63:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Udo Dirkschneider: Vocals
  • Mathias Dieth: Guitars
  • Peter Szigeti: Guitars
  • Frank Rittel: Bass Guitar
  • Thomas Franke - Drums

Production[edit]

  • Produced and Engineered By Mark Dodson
  • Mixed By Mark Dodson & Gerd Rautenbauch
  • Assistant Engineers: Uli Baronowsky, Thomas P. Sehringer
  • Recorded and mixed August - October 1987 at Dierks Studios, Cologne
  • Mastering at Sterling Sound Studios, N.Y.
  • Cover idea, concept and realization: Peek - A - Boo (Donald Campbell, Nico Chiraiatti)
  • Cover photo: Akzent Studios
  • Anniversary Edition design: Tim Eckhorst

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