20 Eyes (Misfits Cover)
|Song by Dead By Sunrise from the album Demos|
|Live debut||October 1, 2009|
|Last played||February 28, 2010|
|Label||Warner Bros. Records|
"20 Eyes" is a song originally performed by horror punk progenitors Misfits. It was written and composed by Glenn Danzig and released on Misfits' 1982 debut album Walk Among Us.
"20 Eyes" was covered live by Bucket Of Weenies, a band both Chester Bennington and Ryan Shuck were part of, from 2005 to 2006. During the sessions of Dead By Sunrise's first and only album, Out Of Ashes, a version of "20 Eyes" was recorded in studio and was intended to be a bonus track on the album in Japan or some parts of Europe along with "Morning After".
About the cover, Chester said, "I actually started playing that song when I was in a cover band called Bucket of Weenies for a little while. I play it with Bucket of Weenies and Camp Freddy sometimes, it's just fun to go play with a bunch of guys and play cover songs. So we started playing '20 Eyes,' we recorded it and we really liked it. There's nothing we'll ever be able to do with it, so we thought that this was kind of good way of letting people have it."
When questioned about the song after the release of the album, Elias Andra said, "We also did record a cover of “20 Eyes.” Where, when, and how it will be released is yet to be determined! Although I think a bootleg live recording would probably be a better release. It’s more punk rock when it’s live!!"
Although the song was never released, it was regularly played live by Dead By Sunrise with altered lyrics.
Other artists who covered the song includes Sparrow Falls, Anarchy Club, Shades Apart, and Kopfschmerzen.
Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.
"20 Eyes" was performed by Dead By Sunrise starting on the Out Of Ashes Promotional Tour in late 2009. It served as the band's closing song for nearly every show since it's debut, barring the most recent show: the acoustic set at 2011's 'Stars Of The Season' Gala.
20 eyes in my head
- Interview with Chester Bennington: Dead By Sunrise Thrive In The Moonlight | The Aquarian - Page 2, October 13, 2009
- Interview with Elias Andra, February 14, 2010