The Misfits

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The Misfits were a punk rock band formed in 1977 in the town of Lodi, New Jersey, and led by singer Glenn Danzig (nč Anzalone).

The band's name is from The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe's last movie. The early lyrical and graphical focus was on retro (1930s-'50s) science fiction, horror films, and B-movies.

The early Misfits were often quite melodic: Danzig's voice was extremely supple, with a style rooted in Italian tenors such as Mario Lanza, and in 1950's doo wop; and with songwriting including strong pop hooks and sing-along choruses -- but grafted onto a very loud, and often cruddy-sounding punk band. (The early Misfits were, in both good and bad ways, a notably aggressive and untrained ensemble.)

By the original band's last album, Earth A.D., they had become a hardcore punk band, with Danzig's standout vocal tone floating over a torrent of thrashing guitar, bass, and drums, courtesy of Jerry, brother Doyle, and pal Robo. (Metallica covered two Misfits songs from this era, "Green Hell" and "Die Die My Darling," although some purists regard the cover version as weak and mechanical. Another Metallica cover, "Last Caress," is from the Misfits' aborted "Static Age" album session, from '78.)

"Last Caress" was a very rare track for years, and is now commonly regarded as the prototypical early-Misfits song, with blaring instruments and Danzig's melodic vocals putting the rendition somewhere on the crude median between Frank Sinatra and the Sex Pistols. The track is quite noteworthy, with aggressively sloppy punk instrumentation and a soaring, Italian-tenor vocal line. However, many other early songs are just as interesting, with the recently-released "Static Age" LP (of '78 studio sessions) filling all such accounts.

Members came and went, with bassist and co-founder Jerry Only (nč Caiafa) holding down the fort in terms of other instrumental players.

The original Misfits broke up in 1983.

The original Misfits released several 7" singles, in DIY limited-edition, that have long been considered prime collectors' items.

The band often wore ghoulish makeup when performing, and bassist Jerry Only invented a hairstyle called the devilock which is still worn by fans today.

The band plays and records today as a Jerry Only project, with rotating members.

The original Misfits' latter-day (and canonical) logo, a distinctive skull, is from a 1940s serial, the Crimson Ghost. Their later characteristic font consists of letters taken from the logo of the magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland".

History

The earliest lineup was a trio, with Danzig singing and playing electric piano. This version didn't last long, recording one single and playing only a few gigs before the band ditched the piano (and the original drummer) and recruited a guitarist.

Many early members came and went, in shifting combination; Danzig and Only being constants.

During their original career, the Misfits were exemplary practitioners of the DIY ethic: The band (especially Danzig) booked their own shows, assembled and sold their own records, and ran their own fan club, the Fiend Club.

Like many punk bands of that time, the Misfits had brushes with the law. Danzig and guitarist Bobby Steele were jailed in the London district of Brixton for "threatening behavior" on December 2nd, 1979. Glenn's jail time would become the inspiration for the song "London Dungeon". On October 17, 1982, the band was arrested in New Orleans on the charges of grave-robbing while in search of the burial place of voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau. The Misfits denied the charges, and a witness reportedly attested that they had not even entered the cemetery gates. The band bailed themselves out of jail and skipped court to drive to their next performance in Florida.

On October 29, 1983 (see 1983 in music), Glenn Danzig broke up the band to dedicate his full attention to a new group, Samhain. Samhain later metamorphosed into Danzig.

Legal Battle

Meanwhile, Jerry Only and his brother, Misfits guitarist Doyle, played in a heavy metal band called Kryst The Conqueror with Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Jeff Scott Soto until Only won the performing and recording rights to the Misfits in a legal battle.

In addition to the rights to the Misfits name and image, Only sought songwriting credits on much of the Misfits early material. He concedes that Danzig wrote nearly all the lyrics and much of the music, but contended that he and Doyle "wrote 25% or maybe 30% of the music," [1] (http://www.citizinemag.com/music/music-0309_jerryonly.htm) and deserved compensation.

Only gained the rights to the Misfits name and Image, and reformed the band in 1995 (1995 in music) with Doyle and newcomers Michale Graves on vocals and Dr. Chud of Sardonica on drums. The new incarnation of the Misfits released two full-length albums, American Psycho and Famous Monsters as well as a collection of rare and unreleased late Misfits tracks, until Michale Graves and Dr. Chud left the band on October 25, 2000 at a performance at the House of Blues in Orlando. Doyle took an indefinite hiatus from performing, Jerry took over lead vocals in addition to his bass duties, and recruited punk veterans Dez Cadena of Black Flag, and Marky Ramone of The Ramones to undertake a 25th Anniversary Tour.

Freed from the Misfits' contractual obligations to Universal's Geffen and Roadrunner imprints, Only and Misfits confidant John Cafiero formed Misfits Records and launched their new label with two releases, the American debut of their Japanese imitators Balzac, and a new Misfits album featuring the band's retakes on ten 50's rock classics, Project 1950. The album featured not only the punk rock all-star Misfits lineup of Only, Cadena and Ramone, but prominent appearances from 60's pop chanteuse Ronnie Spector and Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri.

Meanwhile Michale Graves and Dr. Chud had formed their own band, Graves, which released a single album before breaking up. As of 2004, Michale Graves currently sings in Gotham Road and is one of the forces behind www.conservativepunk.org [2] (http://www.conserativepunk.org), while Dr. Chud is pursuing a solo career.

Legacy

The influence The Misfits have had on punk rock, and rock music in general, sometimes seems disproportionate to the publicity and critical attention they have received. Myriad bands have imitated The Misfits' style, such as Blitzkid, and these bands have become known as horror punk. Psychobilly has various similarities with horror punk. A number of bands have recently surfaced which, although in some cases less obviously horror punk, are still strongly visibly and audibly influenced by The Misfits. These include, most notably, bands such as AFI, Tiger Army, Alkaline Trio and the Murderdolls. Many musical groups whose resemblance to The Misfits seems far removed also cite The Misfits as crucial influences, such as Metallica and Cradle of Filth.

Discography

  • Cough/Cool (1977) - single
  • Bullet (1978) - EP
  • Horror Business (1979) - EP
  • Night of the Living Dead (1979) - single
  • Beware (1980) - EP
  • 3 Hits From Hell (1981) - EP
  • Who Killed Marilyn? (1981) - single (though often credited as a Misfits release, this was issued as a Glenn Danzig solo release)
  • Halloween (1981) - single
  • Walk Among Us (1982) - album
  • Evilive (1982) - live fan club EP
  • Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983) - album
  • Die, Die My Darling (1984) - single
  • Earth A.D. (1984) - album
  • Legacy Of Brutality (1985) - album
  • Collection I (1986) - album
  • Evilive (1987) - live album
  • Collection II (1995) - album
  • Static Age (1997) - album
  • 12 Hits From Hell (2001) - album (promo only, unreleased)
  • American Psycho (1997) - album
  • Dig Up Her Bones (1997) - single
  • Evillive II (1998) - live fan club album
  • Famous Monsters (1999) - album
  • Monster Mash (1999) - single
  • Cuts From The Crypt (1999) - album
  • Project 1950 (2003) - album

Filmography

The Misfits appeared as characters or in cameos in the following movies.

  • Animal Room (1995), as The Misfits
  • Bruiser (2000), uncredited
  • Big Money Hustlas (2000), as Misfits 1-4 (individually credited)
  • Campfire Stories (2001), as The Misfits

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The Misfits appeared as characters or in cameos in the following movies. Lead singer Gwen Stefani has taken time to record a solo album, Love Angel Music Baby, which was released November 23, 2004. Many musical groups whose resemblance to The Misfits seems far removed also cite The Misfits as crucial influences, such as Metallica and Cradle of Filth. Rock Steady Live, a DVD of one of the band's Long Beach concert, has also been released. These include, most notably, bands such as AFI, Tiger Army, Alkaline Trio and the Murderdolls. No Doubt also released a 2-CD 2-DVD box set titled Boombox. A number of bands have recently surfaced which, although in some cases less obviously horror punk, are still strongly visibly and audibly influenced by The Misfits. It included their first cover version, "It's My Life" which had originally been a hit for Talk Talk.

Psychobilly has various similarities with horror punk. An album featuring all their singles was released in 2003. Myriad bands have imitated The Misfits' style, such as Blitzkid, and these bands have become known as horror punk. Gwen's hairstyle and clothing have been copied by teenage girls worldwide, who are sometimes called "gwenabees". The influence The Misfits have had on punk rock, and rock music in general, sometimes seems disproportionate to the publicity and critical attention they have received. Publicity for the group was mainly focused on platinum-blonde Gwen and her image which took inspiration from 1940s Hollywood and punk rock. Chud is pursuing a solo career. No Doubt's most recent studio album, Rock Steady, produced two hit Grammy winning singles, "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All", with a notably more studio-influenced flavour.

As of 2004, Michale Graves currently sings in Gotham Road and is one of the forces behind www.conservativepunk.org [2] (http://www.conserativepunk.org), while Dr. Consequently, they have excluded many fan-favorite songs in post-2000 concerts such as "Home Now", "Comforting Lie", "Dark Blue" and "Artificial Sweetner". Chud had formed their own band, Graves, which released a single album before breaking up. The band has spoken unkindly of the album in more recent interviews for various reasons. Meanwhile Michale Graves and Dr. The album featured a darker tone and was more lyrically advanced than No Doubt's previous works. The album featured not only the punk rock all-star Misfits lineup of Only, Cadena and Ramone, but prominent appearances from 60's pop chanteuse Ronnie Spector and Blondie keyboardist Jimmy Destri. In 2000, the band released Return of Saturn, their highly anticipated followup to Tragic Kingdom.

Freed from the Misfits' contractual obligations to Universal's Geffen and Roadrunner imprints, Only and Misfits confidant John Cafiero formed Misfits Records and launched their new label with two releases, the American debut of their Japanese imitators Balzac, and a new Misfits album featuring the band's retakes on ten 50's rock classics, Project 1950. No Doubt included its song "New" on the soundtrack to the movie Go in 1999. Doyle took an indefinite hiatus from performing, Jerry took over lead vocals in addition to his bass duties, and recruited punk veterans Dez Cadena of Black Flag, and Marky Ramone of The Ramones to undertake a 25th Anniversary Tour. Tragic Kingdom has sold over 15 million copies worldwide. Chud left the band on October 25, 2000 at a performance at the House of Blues in Orlando. The release of 1995's Tragic Kingdom and the single "Just a Girl" allowed the group to achieve mainstream commercial success. A second single, "Spiderwebs", was also successful, and their third single, "Don't Speak" (1996), which was written about the dissolution of Gwen and Tony Kanal's romantic relationship, was a number one hit for 21 weeks on the airplay chart of the Billboard Hot 100. The new incarnation of the Misfits released two full-length albums, American Psycho and Famous Monsters as well as a collection of rare and unreleased late Misfits tracks, until Michale Graves and Dr. Their second album, The Beacon Street Collection, was released independently.

Chud of Sardonica on drums. No Doubt's self-titled first album was released in 1992 through Interscope, and featured the single "Trapped in a Box". Only gained the rights to the Misfits name and Image, and reformed the band in 1995 (1995 in music) with Doyle and newcomers Michale Graves on vocals and Dr. In 1994, Eric left because he didn't like the direction the band was headed and pursued an animating career on the cartoon TV series The Simpsons. He concedes that Danzig wrote nearly all the lyrics and much of the music, but contended that he and Doyle "wrote 25% or maybe 30% of the music," [1] (http://www.citizinemag.com/music/music-0309_jerryonly.htm) and deserved compensation. The band developed a live following, mainly in the band's home state of California. In addition to the rights to the Misfits name and image, Only sought songwriting credits on much of the Misfits early material. The group was first formed by Eric Stefani in Orange County, California in the city of Anaheim in December 1986 with John Spence as lead singer. Spence committed suicide in 1987, leaving Eric's younger sister Gwen Stefani as lead vocalist.

Meanwhile, Jerry Only and his brother, Misfits guitarist Doyle, played in a heavy metal band called Kryst The Conqueror with Yngwie Malmsteen vocalist Jeff Scott Soto until Only won the performing and recording rights to the Misfits in a legal battle. No Doubt is an American alternative rock group whose music was initially influenced heavily by ska, punk and New Wave. Samhain later metamorphosed into Danzig. Everything in Time (2004). On October 29, 1983 (see 1983 in music), Glenn Danzig broke up the band to dedicate his full attention to a new group, Samhain. Boom Box (2003). The band bailed themselves out of jail and skipped court to drive to their next performance in Florida. The Singles 1992-2003 (2003).

On October 17, 1982, the band was arrested in New Orleans on the charges of grave-robbing while in search of the burial place of voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau. The Misfits denied the charges, and a witness reportedly attested that they had not even entered the cemetery gates. Rock Steady (2001). Glenn's jail time would become the inspiration for the song "London Dungeon". Return of Saturn (2000). Danzig and guitarist Bobby Steele were jailed in the London district of Brixton for "threatening behavior" on December 2nd, 1979. Tragic Kingdom (1995). Like many punk bands of that time, the Misfits had brushes with the law. Beacon Street Collection (1995).

During their original career, the Misfits were exemplary practitioners of the DIY ethic: The band (especially Danzig) booked their own shows, assembled and sold their own records, and ran their own fan club, the Fiend Club. No Doubt (1992). Many early members came and went, in shifting combination; Danzig and Only being constants. Gabriel Mc Nair – Keyboard, horns. This version didn't last long, recording one single and playing only a few gigs before the band ditched the piano (and the original drummer) and recruited a guitarist. Stephen Bradley – Keyboard, horns. The earliest lineup was a trio, with Danzig singing and playing electric piano. Adrian Young – Drums.

Their later characteristic font consists of letters taken from the logo of the magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland". Tony Kanal – Bass. The original Misfits' latter-day (and canonical) logo, a distinctive skull, is from a 1940s serial, the Crimson Ghost. Tom Dumont – Guitar. The band plays and records today as a Jerry Only project, with rotating members. Gwen Stefani – Vocals. The band often wore ghoulish makeup when performing, and bassist Jerry Only invented a hairstyle called the devilock which is still worn by fans today.

The original Misfits released several 7" singles, in DIY limited-edition, that have long been considered prime collectors' items. The original Misfits broke up in 1983. Members came and went, with bassist and co-founder Jerry Only (nč Caiafa) holding down the fort in terms of other instrumental players. However, many other early songs are just as interesting, with the recently-released "Static Age" LP (of '78 studio sessions) filling all such accounts.

The track is quite noteworthy, with aggressively sloppy punk instrumentation and a soaring, Italian-tenor vocal line. "Last Caress" was a very rare track for years, and is now commonly regarded as the prototypical early-Misfits song, with blaring instruments and Danzig's melodic vocals putting the rendition somewhere on the crude median between Frank Sinatra and the Sex Pistols. Another Metallica cover, "Last Caress," is from the Misfits' aborted "Static Age" album session, from '78.). (Metallica covered two Misfits songs from this era, "Green Hell" and "Die Die My Darling," although some purists regard the cover version as weak and mechanical.

By the original band's last album, Earth A.D., they had become a hardcore punk band, with Danzig's standout vocal tone floating over a torrent of thrashing guitar, bass, and drums, courtesy of Jerry, brother Doyle, and pal Robo. (The early Misfits were, in both good and bad ways, a notably aggressive and untrained ensemble.). The early Misfits were often quite melodic: Danzig's voice was extremely supple, with a style rooted in Italian tenors such as Mario Lanza, and in 1950's doo wop; and with songwriting including strong pop hooks and sing-along choruses -- but grafted onto a very loud, and often cruddy-sounding punk band. The early lyrical and graphical focus was on retro (1930s-'50s) science fiction, horror films, and B-movies.

The band's name is from The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe's last movie. The Misfits were a punk rock band formed in 1977 in the town of Lodi, New Jersey, and led by singer Glenn Danzig (nč Anzalone). Campfire Stories (2001), as The Misfits. Big Money Hustlas (2000), as Misfits 1-4 (individually credited).

Bruiser (2000), uncredited. Animal Room (1995), as The Misfits. Project 1950 (2003) - album. Cuts From The Crypt (1999) - album.

Monster Mash (1999) - single. Famous Monsters (1999) - album. Evillive II (1998) - live fan club album. Dig Up Her Bones (1997) - single.

American Psycho (1997) - album. 12 Hits From Hell (2001) - album (promo only, unreleased). Static Age (1997) - album. Collection II (1995) - album.

Evilive (1987) - live album. Collection I (1986) - album. Legacy Of Brutality (1985) - album. Earth A.D. (1984) - album.

Die, Die My Darling (1984) - single. Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983) - album. Evilive (1982) - live fan club EP. Walk Among Us (1982) - album.

Halloween (1981) - single. Who Killed Marilyn? (1981) - single (though often credited as a Misfits release, this was issued as a Glenn Danzig solo release). 3 Hits From Hell (1981) - EP. Beware (1980) - EP.

Night of the Living Dead (1979) - single. Horror Business (1979) - EP. Bullet (1978) - EP. Cough/Cool (1977) - single.

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