Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)

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"Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"
Cover of Black No 1 single.jpg
Single by Type O Negative
from the album Bloody Kisses
StudioSystems Two, Brooklyn
Songwriter(s)Peter Steele
Type O Negative singles chronology
"Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"
"Christian Woman"

"Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" is a single by American gothic metal band Type O Negative from their 1993 album Bloody Kisses. The song was written by lead singer Peter Steele while driving a garbage truck. During an interview with Revolver, he stated "I was waiting in line for three hours to dump 40 cubic yards of human waste at the Hamilton Avenue Marine Transfer Station, and I wrote the song in my head. I'm not kidding you."[3] The lyrics sarcastically detail a relationship with a woman involved with the Goth subculture, loosely based around a relationship Steele was once in, and throws many tongue-in-cheek references to Halloween, Nosferatu, and Lily Munster, as well as a quick musical reference to Vic Mizzy's The Addams Family Theme. It is arguably their best known song; although it never cracked the Billboard Hot 100, it was their best-selling single and was a mainstay on MTV's Headbangers Ball.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for the song, using a radio edit of about four and a half minutes in length as opposed to the eleven-minute recording on the album. Directed by Parris Mayhew,[5] the video was recorded in black and white, with the exception during the breakdown where Peter Steele's eyes appear olive green during a close-up. Close-ups surrounded by shadows alternate with shots of the band performing in a decidedly traditional-looking concert hall, with gothic figures dancing in the background as the band plays classical or acoustic counterparts to their usual instruments; Steele takes advantage of his formidable height during this and plays a double bass as if it were a bass guitar.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Peter Steele except where noted.

1."Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" (edit)4:38
2."Christian Woman" (edit)4:24
3."Summer Breeze" (edit) (Seals & Crofts cover)4:29
4."We Hate Everyone" (edit)6:52



  1. ^ Ramirez, AJ (August 3, 2011). "The Ten Best Alternative Metal Singles Of The 1990s". PopMatters. Archived from the original on January 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (August 17, 2018). "Why Type O Negative's 'Bloody Kisses' "Sounds Like Nothing Before and Nothing After"". Revolver. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Revolver Staff (August 16, 2018). "'BLOODY KISSES': 10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW TYPE O NEGATIVE'S MASTERPIECE". Revolver. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  4. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. February 11, 1995. p. 96. ISSN 0006-2510.
  5. ^ ""Black No. 1" by Type O Negative". VH1. July 22, 1996. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2020.

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