Animal House (U.D.O. album)

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Animal House
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Studio album by U.D.O.
Released November 3, 1987
Recorded Dierks Studios, Cologne, Germany, August–October, 1987
Genre Heavy metal
Label RCA, AFM Records (Anniversary Edition)
Producer Mark Dodson
U.D.O. chronology
Animal House
Mean Machine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]

Animal House is the first album by U.D.O. after Udo Dirkschneider's departure from Accept. It was recorded August–October 1987 at Dierks Studios, Cologne. Released in 1987, it charted at #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 shown 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 toured 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 music composed by Accept and Deaffy.

1."Animal House"4:19
2."Go Back to Hell"4:31
3."They Want War"4:12
4."Black Widow"4:29
5."In the Darkness"4:03
6."Lay Down the Law"3:47
7."We Want It Loud"4:06
9."Coming Home"3:39
10."Run for Cover"4:43
Total length:42:01


  • Udo Dirkschneider: vocals
  • Mathias Dieth: guitars
  • Peter Szigeti: guitars
  • Frank Rittel: bass guitar
  • Thomas Franke: drums


  • Produced and engineered By Mark Dodson
  • Mixed by Mark Dodson and 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 eEdition design: Tim Eckhorst