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On October 31st of 1981 the Misfits would release a 7" single that would serve as a new defining Halloween anthem for almost all who heard it for. This happens to be one of my favorite Misfits songs, right alongside "Bullet" and "Die, Die My Darling". Only 5,000 of these were released on Danzig's own label, Plan 9 Records. Since this is a Halloween "Countdown", I want to make sure that I get this posted before October 1st passes. I'm sure you all have become accustomed to me posting Wikipedia articles lately due to my lack of available time to write an adequate review, so I hope you all won't mind yet another.
"Halloween" is the fifth single by the horror punk band the Misfits. It was released on October 31, 1981 on singer Glenn Danzig's label Plan 9 Records. 5,000 copies of the single were pressed on black 7" vinyl, some of which included a lyrics sheet.
The "Halloween" single was the last Misfits release to include guitarist Bobby Steele. Both songs on the single had been recorded in August 1980 for a planned album. During the sessions bassist Jerry Only was grooming his younger brother Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein to join the band, and Doyle recorded his own guitar tracks and overdubs separately in addition to Steele's. The tracks were mixed in September, but in October Steele was ejected from the band in favor of Doyle and the planned album was scrapped. Five of the songs were released as the 3 Hits from Hell EP, while "Halloween" and "Halloween II" were released as a single. In 2001 Caroline Records announced attempted to release the complete sessions as 12 Hits From Hell, but production was called off after Danzig and Only expressed concerns with the album's layout, packaging, liner notes, mixing, and mastering. The lyrics to "Halloween II" are in nonstandard Latin, translating to:
Ancient formulas of exorcisms and excommunications That witches and those made wolves believe I maim now the demon clothed in wolfskin Having to hide in the hollow of a tree I say werewolves can change shapes
Following the band's breakup in 1983, "Halloween" was reissued on the 1985 compilation album Legacy of Brutality with overdubbed guitar and bass tracks recorded by Danzig. The original versions of both songs were re-released on Collection II in 1995, and all of the versions were included in The Misfits box set in 1996, along with the original studio recording of "Halloween II".
Mudhoney included a sample of "Halloween" in their 1988 cover of Sonic Youth's song of the same title on the "Touch Me I'm Sick"/"Halloween" split single. "Halloween" has been covered by several other bands in subsequent years: AFI covered the song for their All Hallow's EP (1999), and Dropkick Murphys recorded a version for the compilation Back on the Streets: Japanese/American Punk Unity (2000) which was later re-released on Singles Collection, Volume 2 (2005).
Danzig re-recorded "Halloween II" with his post-Misfits project Samhain. This version appeared on November-Coming-Fire (1986) and Live 85-86 (2001). "Halloween II" has also been covered by Tenebre on the tribute album Hell on Earth: A Tribute to the Misfits (2000) and by Cradle of Filth on the Underworld: Evolution soundtrack and Thornography (2006), though Cradle of Filth's cover is based on the Samhain version. - Wikipedia"
Year of Release: 1981 Label: Plan 9 Genres: Horror Punk, Punk Rock Bitrate: FLAC / Lossless