...For the Whole World to See

...For the Whole World to See
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 17, 2009
StudioUnited Sound[1]
Detroit, Michigan
GenrePunk rock, proto-punk,[2] garage rock[2]
LabelDrag City

...For the Whole World to See is a studio album by the American band Death, released in 2009 and consisting of various demos originally recorded in the mid 1970s.


In 1975 the band entered a studio to record a 12-song album. After refusing to change their group's name, Death was turned away by Clive Davis of Columbia Records. Only seven songs were completed and the album was never released.[3] The surviving songs were released as ...For the Whole World to See in 2009 by Drag City.[4]

Just prior to and right after the record's release, the songs on ...For the Whole World to See were performed live by Rough Francis, a band formed by the three sons of Death's original bassist. With the record's critical acclaim and praise from many other musicians, the two surviving members of Death reformed the band with a new guitarist to promote the record themselves.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(7.1/10)[5]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[6]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[7]

Initial critical response to ...For the Whole World to See was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 76, based on 8 reviews.[4]

Jack White of The White Stripes related his first reaction to the album in a The New York Times article: "I couldn't believe what I was hearing. When I was told the history of the band and what year they recorded this music, it just didn't make sense. Ahead of punk, and ahead of their time."[3]

The song "You're a Prisoner" was featured in the 2011 film Kill the Irishman.[8]

The song "Freakin Out" is played in the main action sequence on the sixth episode of the Starz show "Ash vs. Evil Dead".

The song "Keep on Knocking" was used for the soundtrack for the video game "Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5".

The song "Politicians in My Eyes" was covered by the band Black Pumas in the deluxe release of their debut album (2020)

Track listing[]

1."Keep on Knocking"David Hackney, Bobby Hackney2:50
2."Rock-N-Roll Victim"D. Hackney2:41
3."Let the World Turn"D. Hackney, B. Hackney5:56
4."You're a Prisoner"D. Hackney, B. Hackney2:24
5."Freakin Out"B. Hackney2:48
6."Where Do We Go from Here???"B. Hackney3:50
7."Politicians in My Eyes"B. Hackney5:50
Total length:26:23



  1. ^ SoulfulDetroit - United Sound Systems - Great Soul Music Recording Studios of Detroit
  2. ^ a b c Jurek, Thom. "Overview:...For the Whole World to See". Allmusic. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  3. ^ a b This Band Was Punk Before Punk Was Punk
  4. ^ a b c "Death: ...For the Whole World to See (2009): Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Archived from the original on 21 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-19.
  5. ^ Moerder, Adam (February 8, 2009). "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Death: ...For the Whole World to See". Archived from the original on 8 July 2010. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  6. ^ Butler, Nick. ...For the Whole World to See review sputnikmusic.com. 2009-10-21. Retrieved on 2011-08-14.
  7. ^ Woodbury, Jason P. ...For the Whole World to See review tinymixtapes.com. 2009-02-19. Retrieved on 2011-08-14.
  8. ^ Soundtracks for Kill the Irishman (2011) https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1416801/soundtrack

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