| August 1980|
| Horror punk, Hardcore punk|
Misfits albums, Horror punk albums, Other albums
12 Hits From Hell is a cancelled studio album by the Misfits. It was recorded in 1980 but went unreleased. Caroline Records attempted to release it in 2001, but band members Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only called off production and the album was scrapped.
In August 1980 the Misfits recorded twelve songs at Master Sound Productions studios with the intention of releasing a full-length album. The band's lineup at this time included singer Glenn Danzig, guitarist Bobby Steele, bassist Jerry Only, and drummer Arthur Googy. During the sessions Only was grooming his younger brother Doyle 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 in 1981, with "London Dungeon", "Horror Hotel", and "Ghouls Night Out" being released as 3 Hits from Hell while the "Halloween" single included both "Halloween" and "Halloween II". The band used the remainder of the recordings as demos for their 1982 album Walk Among Us.
The Misfits broke up in 1983, but after a series of legal battles in the late 1980s and early 1990s Only and Doyle regained the rights to record and perform as the Misfits, sharing merchandising rights with Danzig, who holds writing credits on all of the Misfits material written between 1977 and 1983. Only and Doyle formed a new incarnation of the band and released two albums during the 1990s. During the intervening years several of the tracks from the August 1980 sessions were released in various mixes on compilation albums: "Halloween" appeared on Legacy of Brutality (1985), "Night of the Living Dead", "Vampira", "Skulls" and "Astro Zombies" appeared on Misfits (1986), and "Horror Hotel", appeared on Collection II (1995). The Misfits box set (1996) contained the most complete collection of songs from these sessions, collecting the complete Legacy of Brutality, Misfits, and Collection II albums as well as a disc of unreleased studio recordings including the original mixes of "I Turned into a Martian", "Skulls", "Night of the Living Dead", "Astro Zombies", "Where Eagles Dare", "Violent World", and "Halloween II" from the 1980 sessions.
In 2001 Caroline Records announced that they would be releasing the complete 1980 sessions on October 31 under the title 12 Hits from Hell, including an alternate take of "London Dungeon", and sent promotional copies of the album to the band members. However, production was called off after Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only expressed concerns with the album's layout, packaging, liner notes, mixing, and mastering. All distribution copies of the album were destroyed, and only the promotional copies remain. Some copies did reach critics, however. Allmusic reviewer Jason Birchmeier gave the album three stars out of five and remarked that "This isn't an essential item and will probably appeal mostly to the legions of Misfits fanatics, who will no doubt savor these long-unreleased recordings."
On Halloween 2007 Bobby Steele posted his own versions of the 12 Hits from Hell songs, recorded with his band The Undead, as streaming audio through the band's website.
Jason Birchmeier of Allmusic gave 12 Hits from Hell three stars out of five, saying "This isn't an essential item and will probably appeal mostly to the legions of Misfits fanatics, who will no doubt savor these long-unreleased recordings. Many of these songs are available elsewhere."
All songs written by Glenn Danzig.
Glenn Danzig – vocals
Jerry Only – bass guitar
Bobby Steele – guitar
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein – additional guitar and overdubs
Robbie Alter – guitar on "London Dungeon" and "Violent World"
Arthur Googy – drums
- "I Turned into a Martian"
- "London Dungeon"
- "Night of the Living Dead"
- "Horror Hotel"
- "Ghouls Night Out"
- "Astro Zombies"
- "Where Eagles Dare"
- "Violent World"
- "Halloween II"
- "London Dungeon" (alternate take)
1Halloween1:4712 Hits from Hell Wikipedia
3I Turned Into a Martian1:52