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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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Nirvana is more of a sell out than Metallica and The Misfits combined. As well as The Ramones they fit in the same category.
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Typical f**king idiot bet you won't say that to someone in person though
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THX-1138
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Timeless, original Fits.....gre a t ! 1996 reformed Fits, killer different time altered sound but still timeless riffs and twisted lyrics. Can't take that away from them. 138 FIENDS!!
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Misfits never get old not like other sellouts....
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The Misfits hypoallergen i c swabs don't work for s**t, though. They keep breaking off in my kids' ears.
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I like my Misfits beer cozy.
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Lmfao misfits shoes that s**t would get you punched just on principle that's poser s**t next time where some docmartins with some red laces (trust me you'll get noticed) smh
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OK, I just googled the misfits shoes and guess what the first link was for? HOT TOPIC LOLZ try if you don't believe me you poser f**ks.
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I saw a kid wearing Misfit shoes yesterday. Did you know they sell Misfit shoes? They sold out worse than Metallica.
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I saw the Misfits at a church in Cambridge MA in the very early 80's. I was 13-14 yo and I understood what the word surreal meant that night.
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To me this was the best misfits album
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francisobrie n 0 6 1 5 6 8
Any ways it seems once image n steel wer forced to leave(Doyle n Jerry both told me they received a"bootpawty" f u k i n Jersey style)thinki n that's why bobby's crippled)as we smoked bud on ther bus.laughin! ! ! ) t h e r s no such"lost song?frm late 78....Barbi bites the dust.cool guys bein frm n.j. they signed all UV my"rare 7" for me.and fuk glenn Danzig.Jim Morrison slash elvis wAnnabe they totally should have retired after the last tour82-83.bu t I'm old.good times good bands good friends.but nothin last
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cat.nip.mous e
It's funny because most of the bands MooMoo listens too have sold merch at Hot Topic at one point or another XD
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Hey MooMoo, I've seen you under several of the comment areas with bands I happen to find a big influence in my music. If you think Rancid and the Misfits are trying to hard or that punk rock is "noise pollution" like you said with the Sex Pistols, I'll make a deal with you. Write your own music looking like a f**king stiff, no wild hair styles and not selling any merch and you become big, I'll burn my house down. Till then, shut the f**k up. Punk is one of the most raw forms of rock around an an
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Love them greatest if all time
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Funs and roses covered "attitude," in their concerts. Duff McKagan had punk roots, was a fan of the misfits and sang the song.
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f**k yea Danzig was the s**t with the Misfits
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Moonie go suck an egg
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MooMoo you suck get a life douche!
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My theme song during the fall time ;)
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us_bombs2003
WALK AMONG US
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mommyp.zilla
I ain't no goddamn son of a b**ch, you better think about it baby!
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Platoon 14 is some good s**t to man
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My band Conceived in Chaos opened up for them just this last november. it may be jerry only and friends, but god damn did they kick a**.
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Mommy, can I go out and kill tonight!!!
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You can blame jerry only for the merch at hot topic.
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Follow for follow
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Static age is a very good album
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Any band that sells their T-shirts at Hot Topic SUCKS!
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@johnnybwack i n , thanks dude
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johnnybwacki n
American Psycho
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I can't find dig up her bones on here... WTF?! Anyone know the album that it is on?
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vnm_666
Misfits This Week!
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Epic. Forever. OG
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Are you out of your mind? The current misfits are terrible. Jerry needs to give it up, that cash cows tit has run dry.
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PeachesNcrea m i was there too honestly this current lineup is shaping up to be the best imo especially since Jerrys voice has realyl improved and come into its own.
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Sure Jerry is only original member now, but I gave him a chance and saw them at the TLA on Friday. Was not disappointed .
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wrapss13
I f**king love the Misfits
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If only we could get a true misfits tour there's just no replacing glenn
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Best punk band
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GO Danzig MISFITS!
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Best band everrrr!!!!
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True sex pistol9
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slipawayinsa i n t y
They should have changed their name to Necrophilia after Danzig. Because it was just Jerry humping a dead dream.
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Amen nymafan739
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FALSE!! One CANNOT play enough Misfits songs!
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Pandora plays way too much Misfit stuff.
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is that yellow album called plan 9? u thught that was their self titled album?..
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The new stuff is alright but Danzig era all the way
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