The single's cover artwork features the band's first use of the "Crimson Ghost" figure that would become their mascot and logo.
|Single by the Misfits|
|B-side||"Teenagers from Mars"
"Children in Heat"
|Released||June 26, 1979|
|Label||Plan 9 (PL 1009)|
|Misfits singles chronology|
The single's cover features a skeletal figure inspired by a poster for the 1946 film serial The Crimson Ghost. The figure became a mascot for the band, and its skull image would serve as the Misfits' logo for the rest of their career.
The tracks for "Horror Business" were recorded in January and February 1979 at C.I. Recordings in New York City. They were originally going to be released as a five-track EP, but only one acetate copy was made. The band could not afford to release the EP, so they released three of the tracks as a single instead. The remaining two tracks, "Who Killed Marilyn?" and "Where Eagles Dare", were released on the compilation album Legacy of Brutality in 1985 with overdubbed guitar and bass tracks by Danzig. The original versions of "Where Eagles Dare" and "Teenagers from Mars" were included on the compilation album Misfits in 1986, and the original versions of all five tracks were released in 1996 in The Misfits box set.
The first pressing of "Horror Business" consisted of 25 promotional copies on black 7" vinyl and 2,000 copies on yellow vinyl for sale. Some of these copies contained an insert with a story claiming that the band had recorded the single in a haunted house, resulting in strange unexplainable noises and voices in the background. However, this story was false. Due to a pressing error, an unknown number of copies had "Horror Business" on both sides rather than the b-side songs "Teenagers from Mars" and "Children in Heat", and some also had a different back cover.
Re-releases and other versions
The songs "Horror Business" and "Teenagers from Mars" were reissued on the Beware EP in 1980 and again on the compilation album Misfits in 1986, while "Children in Heat" was reissued on Collection II in 1995. All three tracks, along with "Who Killed Marilyn?" and "Where Eagles Dare" from the same sessions, were reissued in The Misfits box set in 1996.
After the breakup of the Misfits, Danzig re-recorded "Horror Business" with his new band Samhain under the title "Horror Biz". This version appeared on Initium (1984) and Live 85-86 (2001). "Horror Business" was covered by Deadguy on the 1997 tribute album Violent World: A Tribute to the Misfits, though their version is based on the live recording of the song from Evilive. "Teenagers from Mars" was covered by Buck-O-Nine on their album Barfly (1995), by the Backyard Babies on Hell on Earth: A Tribute to the Misfits (2000), and by The Network on Money Money 2020 (2003). "Children in Heat" was covered by Alkaline Trio on their "Halloween" single in 2002.
All songs written and composed by Glenn Danzig.
|1.||"Teenagers from Mars"||2:41|
|2.||"Children in Heat"||2:05|
- Glenn Danzig – vocals
- Bobby Steele – guitar, backing vocals
- Jerry Only – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Joey Image – drums