Walk Among Us

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Walk Among Us
Misfits - Walk Among Us cover.jpg
The album cover combines imagery from the films The Angry Red Planet and Earth vs. the Flying Saucers with a photograph of the band's lineup at the time of its release. Left to right: Jerry Only, Doyle, Glenn Danzig, and Arthur Googy.
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1982
RecordedJune 1981, August 1981, December 1981–January 1982
GenreHorror punk, punk rock, hardcore punk
Length24:38
LabelRuby, Slash
ProducerMisfits
Misfits chronology
3 Hits from Hell
(1981)
Walk Among Us
(1982)
Evilive
(1982)
Singles from Walk Among Us
  1. "Night of the Living Dead"
    Released: October 31, 1979

Walk Among Us is the debut full-length album by American punk rock band Misfits. The band's first full-length album to be released (although it was actually the third to be recorded, after Static Age and 12 Hits from Hell), it was originally co-released by Ruby and Slash Records as JRR804 in March 1982.

The album was reissued on November 30, 2018 by Earache Records with six limited run variant colored pressings (300 of each color) with the catalog number MOSH666. It also features a Pink cover with Green Misfits logo.

Album information[edit]

Walk Among Us is the product of a January 1982 recording session at Quad Teck in Los Angeles, California, in which Glenn Danzig, for the most part, remixed previously recorded songs, overdubbing additional guitar tracks. Danzig also recorded new vocals for "Vampira" and mixed for the first time the live recording of "Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?" that was recorded at the same time as the Evilive release.

The majority of the songs were originally recorded in a variety of sessions throughout early 1981 at the Mix-O-Lydian Studio in Boonton, New Jersey. The dates of these sessions are unknown, but they were all mixed at one time. "Vampira", "Devils Whorehouse", and "Astro Zombies" were recorded and mixed separately at Mix-O-Lydian in August 1981. "Hatebreeders" was recorded in June 1981 at Newsoundland in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. "Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?", the only live track on the album, was recorded on December 17, 1981, at The Ritz in New York, New York.

The song "Astro Zombies" was inspired by the 1968 horror film The Astro-Zombies.

The cover for Walk Among Us features the famous "Rat-Bat-Spider" that menaces the intrepid astronauts in 1959's The Angry Red Planet. The flying saucers were obtained from 1956's Earth Versus The Flying Saucers. The first LP pressing has a pink cover with a red logo, while the second pressing's cover is purple with a green logo. Reissues since 1988 in all formats have varied in usage of either the purple or pink covers.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork9.4/10[2]
Spin4.5/5 stars[3]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[4]

AllMusic rated the album 4.5/5.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Glenn Danzig.

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."20 Eyes"1:41
2."I Turned Into a Martian"1:41
3."All Hell Breaks Loose"1:47
4."Vampira"1:26
5."Nike-A-Go-Go"2:16
6."Hate Breeders"3:08
7."Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" (live)2:01
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Night of the Living Dead"1:57
2."Skulls"2:00
3."Violent World"1:46
4."Devil's Whorehouse"1:45
5."Astro Zombies"2:14
6."Braineaters"0:56
Total length:24:38

Cancelled Plan 9 Version[edit]

All tracks written by Glenn Danzig.

Side A
No.TitleLength
1."20 Eyes" 
2."I Turned Into a Martian" 
3."Astro Zombies" 
4."Vampira" 
5."All Hell Breaks Loose" 
6."Nike-A-Go-Go" 
7."Devil's Whorehouse" 
Side B
No.TitleLength
1."Night of the Living Dead" 
2."Skulls" 
3."Violent World" 
4."Horror Hotel" 
5."Ghoul's Night Out" 
6."American Nightmare" 

Personnel[edit]

Band[edit]

  • Glenn Danzig – vocals, guitar on "Vampira", "Devil's Whorehouse", "Astro Zombies", overdubbed guitar on all tracks except "Mommy Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?", drums on "Braineaters"
  • Jerry Only – bass guitar, background vocals
  • Doyle – guitar, background vocals on "Hatebreeders", "Vampira", "Devil's Whorehouse", "20 Eyes", "I Turned Into a Martian" and "Night of the Living Dead"
  • Arthur Googy – drums

Production[edit]

  • Mike Taylor – engineer on all tracks except "Hatebreeders"
  • Pat Burnette – engineer on "Hatebreeders"

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 53

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Raggett, Ned. "Walk Among Us – Misfits". AllMusic. Retrieved November 25, 2005.
  2. ^ Heller, Jason (October 31, 2017). "Misfits: Walk Among Us". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  3. ^ Brod, Doug (August 2007). "Discography: Glenn Danzig". Spin. 23 (8): 94. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  4. ^ Weisband, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  5. ^ "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved December 8, 2018. Click on "Veckans albumlista".