Miss Murder

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"Miss Murder"
AFI - Miss Murder cover.jpg
Single by AFI
from the album Decemberunderground
ReleasedApril 3, 2006
  • 3:26 (album version)
  • 3:05 (top 40 edit)
  • 3:18 (edit)
Producer(s)Jerry Finn
AFI singles chronology
"Silver and Cold"
"Miss Murder"
"Love Like Winter"

"Miss Murder" is a song by American rock band AFI. It was released on April 3, 2006 as the lead single from their seventh studio album Decemberunderground. It was initially scheduled to premiere on LIVE 105 on April 13, 2006, however, it was released early due to overwhelming fan reaction. "Miss Murder" was released to radio on April 25, 2006.[1] It was released in the United Kingdom and Australia on April 24 and July 29, 2006. It was written by Davey Havok and produced by Jerry Finn.

The song received favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its musicianship.[2][3] It is the band's most commercially successful single to date, reaching number 24 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Alternative Songs chart. Internationally, the song was a moderate success, charting within the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. It won in the category Best Rock Song at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards and was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.[4] An accompanying music video was directed by Marc Webb (who has previously directed videos for AFI) and premiered on television shortly after the single's release.


There are several popular theories as to the meaning of the song. These include Satan's fall from grace, Jesus abandoning humanity, Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (in which Gray sells his soul to preserve his beauty), or Havok's personal struggle with fame. Havok refuses to confirm or deny any rumors: "I don’t necessarily need for people to understand specifically what it means. If they want to take something from it and use it in a personal way, I think that’s great. I wouldn’t want to risk destroying that just so someone can get a better understanding of me personally."[5]

For the chorus, Havok told Kerrang: "We beat this song down. We reworked the chorus over and over again, and in some abyss I sang the melody of the chorus with a scratched lyric that went, 'Hey, miss murder, can I?'" Havok was skeptical of the unconventional hook, but Interscope insisted it should stay as it was.[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Marc Webb for the song premiered on television shortly after the track's release.

The music video opens with vocalist Davey Havok finding a note, possibly written by Miss Murder. The note features the three black rabbits symbol featured on the cover of Decemberunderground. Havok appears at his desk singing the song, while the band members are shown performing the song in a large room. Havok then appears on a balcony, rallying a chanting crowd below, and unfolds large posters of the band members themselves. During the bridge of the song, black rabbits surround Havok's desk. After he looks down the balcony, the crowd has disappeared and instead sees Miss Murder staring back at him. He returns to his desk where Miss Murder approaches. She places her hand on his shoulder, then he shuts his eyes, implying his death. The video ends with the black rabbit watching the murder.

An extended version of the music video was released afterward, featuring extra footage at the beginning of the video while the introductory track of Decemberunderground, "Prelude 12/21" is playing. It features Miss Murder writing a note, then consuming the note, which appears in Havok's mouth. The band is shown performing the track as well.

Live performances[edit]

As of 1 April 2019, it has been performed 423 times, making it the sixth most performed song by AFI.[7]

Track listings[edit]

US promo single

  1. "Miss Murder" (edit) – 3:18

UK / AU single

  1. "Miss Murder" (edit) – 3:24
  2. "Don't Change" (INXS cover) – 3:16
  3. "Silver and Cold" (live acoustic) – 4:07
  4. "Miss Murder" (music video)

7" vinyl picture disc

  1. "Miss Murder" – 3:20
  2. "Don't Change" (INXS cover) – 3:16

10" vinyl picture disc

  1. "Miss Murder" – 3:20
  2. "Rabbits are Roadkill on Route 37" – 3:51

Promo CDM

  1. "Miss Murder (VNV Nation remix)" – 6:00
  2. "Miss Murder (VNV Nation instrumental)" – 6:00
  3. "Miss Murder (Broken Spindles remix)" – 4:12
  4. "Miss Murder (Broken Spindles instrumental)" – 4:12

Official versions[edit]

  • "Miss Murder" (album version) – 3:27
  • "Miss Murder" (edit) – 3:18
  • "Miss Murder" (top 40 edit) – 3:05
  • "Miss Murder" (VNV Nation remix) – 6:00
  • "Miss Murder" (VNV Nation instrumental) – 6:00
  • "Miss Murder" (Broken Spindles remix) – 4:12
  • "Miss Murder" (Broken Spindles instrumental) – 4:12


Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 24
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[8] 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[9] 28
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 13
ARIA Singles[10] 14
German Singles Charts[11] 93
UK Singles Chart[12] 44
Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)[13] 5

Other versions[edit]

  • Japanese singer Kyosuke Himuro recorded a cover for his 2006 album In the Mood.

In media[edit]

The song has appeared in the video game Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and the TV film My Super Psycho Sweet 16.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-06-16. Retrieved 2017-07-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/afi/7950
  4. ^ "MTV Video Music Award". MTV. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  5. ^ "AFI - Miss Murder Lyrics". Genius. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Miss Murder by AFI". Songfacts. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Miss Murder by AFI song statistics". Setlist.fm. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  8. ^ a b https://www.billboard.com/music/afi/chart-history/
  9. ^ a b http://allmusic.com/album/decemberunderground-r836044/charts-awards/billboard-single
  10. ^ http://australian-charts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=AFI&titel=Miss+Murder&cat=s
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2011-11-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/CLUK_A.HTM
  13. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2006-11-04. Archived from the original on 2006-07-16.

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