Bullet (album)


Bullet (album)

Infobox Album |
Name = Bullet
Type = EP
Artist = The Misfits


Released = June 1978
Recorded = January 1978
Genre = Horror punk
hardcore punk
Length = 7:02
Label = Plan 9 Records
Producer =
Reviews =
Last album =
This album = "Bullet"
(1978)
Next album = "Horror Business"
(1979)

"Bullet" was the first 7" EP, and second release, by the horror punk band The Misfits. It was self-produced and distributed on the band's own Plan 9 Records as catalog number PL1001. It was recorded in January of 1978 at C.I. Recording and mastered at Spectrum Sound by Rich Flores, released in June of 1978.

The cover and some of the lyrics of the EP have controversial subject matter, regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Front man Glenn Danzig's morbid fascination with the life and death of Kennedy, and his beloved widow, Jackie O inspired the title track as well as the cover. The cover features a photo of Kennedy in a convertible car with a red blood splatter drawn behind his head.

It has been said by band members Jerry Only and Bobby Steele that "We Are 138" was based on George Lucas's 1971 science fiction film "THX 1138", although Danzig has denied this even though some say he did this only to contradict Jerry. "Hollywood Babylon" may have been based on the Kenneth Anger book of the same name.

These tracks were recorded in a session that was for the "Static Age" album which was shelved and not released for almost twenty years.

The first pressing was limited to 1000 copies on plain black vinyl, in hand-screened gatefold covers, a fraction of which Danzig also hand-coloured. The second, and final, printing was of 2000 copies on red vinyl in January 1979. These records are sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Better Dead On Red"' because of the artwork that was added to the back cover, which featured an image of a bullet hole and the words "Better Dead On Red." These same covers were used to package approximately 100 of the first pressing black EPs, which have often been mistaken for a rare third pressing. In fact, there were only two pressings, and Danzig has refuted claims of a third pressing numbering at least 7000. The initial pressing primarily featured a matching screened colour insert, which was later replaced by low-quality black and white photocopies in the majority of records.

The EP in its entirety was released on the "Beware" EP. "Hollywood Babylon" and "Bullet" later appeared on "Collection I" and "Attitude" and "We Are 138" later appeared on "Collection II". And all of the tracks appeared as part of the "Static Age" album on the fourth disc of the "Box Set" as well as the standalone "Static Age" CD.

Track listing

All songs by Glenn Danzig.

ide A

# "Bullet" – 1:37
# "We Are 138" – 1:40

ide B

# "Attitude" – 1:28
# "Hollywood Babylon" – 2:17

Credits

* Glenn Danzig – Vocals
* Franché Coma – guitar, background vocals
* Jerry Only – bass, background vocals
* Mr. Jim – drums
* Dave Achelis – engineering
* Rich Flores – disc mastering

Trivia

* The band Texas Is the Reason got their name from a line in "Bullet": "Texas is the reason that the president's dead."


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