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The Misfits

Genuinely shocking or tasteless, campy fun? It was sometimes hard to tell which way the Misfits wanted to be taken, and the immense cult following that has grown up in the years after their actual existence (1977-1983) seems divided in its own assessment. It certainly wasn't the Misfits' musicianship -- which was as crude as the recording quality of most of their oeuvre -- that endeared them to so many, although Glenn Danzig possessed one of the most distinctive and tuneful bellows in hardcore punk. Rather, it was Danzig's penchant for catchy, anthemic melodies, often delivered at warp speed, and his lyrical obsession with grade-B horror films and splatter imagery that helped the Misfits build a rabid posthumous following. Name-drops and covers by metal bands like Metallica and Guns N' Roses kept the Misfits' songs circulating during the mid- to late '80s, when their tangled discography remained only sporadically in print -- reissues were maddeningly incomplete, and much of the band's prime material was confined to rare singles and EPs. The mid-'90s saw a spate of CD reissues that, while not quite presenting all of the Misfits' songs in the most concise, collectible format, at least succeeded in getting them all back into print, allowing those who missed the band the first time around to hear why they've enjoyed such enduring cult popularity.

The Misfits were formed in Lodi, NJ, in 1977 by vocalist Glenn Danzig and bassist Jerry Caiafa, who performed under the name Jerry Only. Their name taken from Marilyn Monroe's final film, the Misfits added drummer Manny and recorded a guitar-less single, "Cough Cool" b/w "She," on their own Blank Records label (later changed to Plan 9). Manny was soon replaced by "Mr. Jim" Catania, and guitarist Frank "Franché Coma" LiCata joined up for the four-song 1978 EP Bullet, which featured a notoriously graphic image of John F. Kennedy being shot. Although recording sessions had been held for a full-length album, to be titled Static Age, no record company would accept the results, and whatever material was not subsequently issued on EPs languished in the vaults until the 1985 compilation Legacy of Brutality. The Misfits began playing shows at CBGB's and attempted to obtain some greater musical stability with the addition of Whorelords guitarist Bobby Steele and drummer Joey Image. This lineup recorded the three-song EPs Horror Business and Night of the Living Dead in 1979, the latter being released on Halloween. An aborted tour of the U.K. supporting the Damned followed, and a frustrated Joey Image quit the band after Danzig was arrested in a bar skirmish. Things had not been going well with Steele, either, and upon returning to the States, Steele was ousted in favor of Jerry Only's younger brother Doyle (born Paul Caiafa; sometimes known as Doyle von Frankenstein). Arthur Googy became the full-time drummer, while Steele went on to form the Undead. England's Cherry Red label issued the legendary Beware EP in 1980, which contained Bullet, two tracks from Horror Business, and the Static Age outtake "Last Caress"; it became a ludicrously expensive collector's item in the years that followed.

Back in the States, more single releases followed over 1981, including the Three Hits From Hell 7" and another Halloween single, this one titled "Halloween" and containing two versions of the song, one a low-budget attempt at creating a spooky ambience. Another full-length LP had been recorded under the title Walk Among Us and was scheduled for release in late 1981, but a larger distribution deal was worked out with the Slash subsidiary Ruby. In 1982, the Misfits finally released their official debut album under the planned title, which proved one of the finest additions to their discography. Googy left the band around this time in a dispute over money, throwing off plans to record a follow-up; in the meantime, the live EP Evilive was released later in the year, featuring a guest appearance by Black Flag's Henry Rollins. Future Samhain and Danzig bassist Eerie Von Stellman was nearly recruited to play drums, but lasted only a weekend; eventually, punk producer Robo was settled upon as skinsman, and the Misfits spent the rest of the year and the first half of 1983 recording Earth A.D./Wolfsblood, an album that tried to play up the more aggressive aspects of the band's music. Brian Damage was chosen as Robo's touring successor, but barely got a chance to perform before Danzig disbanded the Misfits in late 1983. A farewell single, the three-song "Die Die My Darling," was issued in 1984.

Danzig, who had issued the solo single "Who Killed Marilyn?" in 1981, immediately formed Samhain with Eerie Von in an attempt to pursue a more frightening musical direction to support his lyrics; Samhain eventually metamorphosed into the much more successful Danzig. The Caiafa brothers, meanwhile, formed Kryst the Conqueror, which managed only one five-song EP release. Misfits compilations began appearing as soon as 1985 on Caroline (Legacy of Brutality); 1987's Misfits compilation began whetting appetites for the large quantity of material that remained out of print, although Metallica's version of "Last Caress" and, later, Guns N' Roses' cover of "Attitude" hinted at what might be discovered. More compilations, as well as a four-disc box set, followed in the mid-'90s, as the Misfits' cult continued to expand.

In an attempt to cash in on the renewed interest, Jerry Only and Doyle re-formed the Misfits in 1996 -- without Danzig, instead recruiting vocalist Michale Graves and drummer Dr. Chud. American Psycho appeared in 1997 on Geffen Records, followed two years later by Famous Monsters. In 2001 that lineup issued the rarities/outtakes collection Cuts from the Crypt; it contained nothing from the Danzig era. The covers album Project 1950 followed in 2003. By this point the Misfit lineup included Jerry Only on vocals and bass, Black Flag vet Dez Cadena on guitar, and Marky Ramone behind the drums. In June 2005 Misfits Records (via Ryko) released Fiend Club Lounge, a collection of Misfits classics redone in a "cocktail nation" style. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Comments

Dave Mustaine for president in 2020
Misfits aren't hardcore or any core,. Misfits are punk.
slipawayinsa i n t y
They should have changed their name to Necrophilia after Danzig. Because it was just Jerry humping a dead dream.
Amen nymafan739
FALSE!! One CANNOT play enough Misfits songs!
Pandora plays way too much Misfit stuff.
is that yellow album called plan 9? u thught that was their self titled album?..
The new stuff is alright but Danzig era all the way
back in the day ... The Misfits really kicked some a**...... Saw them 5-6 times !!!
now ........ they should just give it up...
Guys keep calm and enjoy the music. Just pure hate on scenes or emo... whatever they claim to be.
Thats why I went back to metal. Just pure hate in your so called "punk communities" or whatever xD which I find pretty pathetic xP
I just pooped a misfit
fdeardeuff
Its just f***ing music
Got to see danzig in new york three years ago in this little hole in the wall there was almost no advertising so there was no more than 500 people 5th row and it was f*#kin* bad a*s!!
Real cool people use words like " poser " I guess. It's nice to be uncool these days. U f**k tools
I renember back in the day, when the break dancing craze was over, the next day; those possers wearing Misfits and Slayer T-shirts.
Maxx mulligan has an active imagination and poor taste. But he likes dogs!
Again here is a band that became overated.whe n punk hit mainstean aftjer the fact all the posers had misfits patches and sported the shirt cause it looked cool they coudnt name more then 2songs from the band
Monster mash
THEY CALL US WALKING CORPSES ‼️‼️ THE MISFITS
I f**king love the MISFITS♥
noexcuse1382
I can name all the misfits songs and the new misfits till Mike left the band, it's now the Jerryfits and it has sucked a** since. I been collecting their stuff for 24 years. Still sounds great. Listen everyday somehow and someway. This will never die!
just diggling
Wear@where sorry type-O
Okay to all posers.If you where a Mifits shirt and can't name at least 20 songs you should be beat up.
Melodic misogyny that you can sing along to. Women are whores. That's the truth.
Great!!!
Down with the Misfits
good punk rock band
These mother f'ers lived around the corner from me in Vernon NJ. They kicked a** before anyone knew how. Doyle's dad owned a factory in my town and the kids would listen to Doyle's shot while they worked for his dad, freakin nutz
Alright I'm tired of all these people sain the love the misfits when they said they never heard of Glenn Danzig I tell those kinda people go find them selves a new band because they obviously don't know the real misfits also I love Danzig the band Glenn should of never left because they are way better
horror punk is the best:)
Last Caress is just the most f**ked up song ever hahaha
@ carls jr. your s**ts are due to your nasty food.
trollingthat m a n 5
@carl

you suck.

the misfits is an awesome band, horror punk is awesome.
More like the mis shîts
Bullet...... . . . . M a s t e r b a t e me....Jackie O
TRUE SOUNDS OF PUNK. FIEND FOR LIFE. FCK U ALL
Might as well lie on my side and let a dog s**t straight into my ear canal...
I like the Misfits, they are good, but OVERRATED AS HELL!
Lol
@Belt
Danzig isn't in that photo, that's a promotional photo from the 90s-era Misfits - Michale Graves is second to the left.
someone called this oldies music. fml
this this album really called plan 9?
The Misfits are awesome. Period. :D
Green day is crappy but The Misfits is awesome
Ok umm not that angry right now but catch me after double shift
I love this band! Cheers to oldies music :D
adamsuperfoo t
chavezjustin 2 3 , nah f**k you dude, you aint punk rock, using being gay as in insult makes you a f**king bro douche bag, that kid is f**king 13 years old and misguided. you aint s**t.
Satan_is_my_ h o m e b o y
Satan f**king hates you . God hates you . However , satan welcomes you
You don't even like the misfits f**king poser . Go back to your scene s**t music like sleeping with homosexuals
I feel proud that I'm 13 and listening to real music like this ❤
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