THE MISFITS began recording 3 Hits from Hell on this day in 1980 at Master Sound Productions, Franklin Square, New York. Mixing was completed a month later. By that time guitarist Bobby Steele had been replaced by Doyle. Each song was recorded in one take with overdubs added later. Steele recorded three guitar tracks - two rhythm, one lead - Doyle added an additional guitar track to most songs. On 3 Hits from Hell Doyle recorded additional guitar for "Horror Hotel" and "Ghouls Night Out"; producer Robbie Alter recorded additional guitar for "London Dungeon".
The remaining songs from the Master Sound sessions can be found on the 1996 4-disc Misfits boxset.
3 Hits from Hell was released in April 1981 by Plan 9; 10,000 copies pressed. The promotional poster displayed their new Famous Monsters logo.