Die, Die My Darling

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"Die, Die My Darling"

The single's cover artwork was derived from a 1953 issue of Chamber of Chills.
Single by the Misfits
A-side "Die, Die My Darling"
B-side "We Bite"
"Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?"
Released May 1984
Format 12" vinyl
Recorded August 1981, October 1982
Genre Horror punk
Length 6:29
Label Plan 9
Writer(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 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 of the comic book Chamber of Chills. The back cover artwork was created by artist Pushead.[2]

Background[edit]

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.[2]

Pressing information[edit]

The first pressing run of "Die, Die, My Darling" consisted of 500 copies on purple 12" vinyl. A second run of 500 copies were pressed on white vinyl.[2][3] A black vinyl version is still available in reprint through Caroline Records.[2]

Re-releases[edit]

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.

Cover versions[edit]

"Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" was covered by The Bouncing Souls on the 1997 tribute album Violent World: A Tribute to the Misfits. Their version was reissued in 2002 on The Bad, the Worse, and the Out of Print. "Die, Die My Darling" was covered by Metallica on their 1998 album Garage Inc.; their version reached no. 26 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[2] Aiden also covered "Die, Die My Darling" in 2004 for the compilation Kerrang! High Voltage, and included a remixed version on their 2006 EP Rain in Hell. The German metalcore band Caliban's cover of the song was included on the deluxe version of their 2012 album, I Am Nemesis.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed 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 and Kill Tonight?"   2:03
Total length:
6:29

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

Studio personnel[edit]

Metallica version[edit]

"Die, Die My Darling"
Single by Metallica
from the album Garage Inc.
Released June 7, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded September–October 1998 at The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California.
Genre Heavy metal
Length 2:29
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Glenn Danzig
Producer(s) Bob Rock, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Mark Whitaker
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 Metallica for their 1998 covers album Garage Inc.. Metallica's version was released as a single in Australia, Germany, Japan, and Mexico, and reached #26 on Billboard' Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States.

Track listing[edit]

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:
31:10
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:
20:00
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[edit]

Region Date
United States June 7, 1999
United Kingdom June 14, 1999
Australia June 19, 1999

Personnel[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Die, Die My Darling at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c d e "Misfits discography". Misfits.com. Retrieved 2008-11-27. 
  3. ^ Von, Eerie (1996). The Misfits box set (Box set liner notes). The Misfits. New York City: Caroline Records. CAR 7529-2. 

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