The Misfits

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For the movie, see The Misfits (movie). A fictional band called The Misfits appears in the animated series Jem.

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. (Neutrogena produces mainly facecare products, such as the Oil-Free Acne Wash that Moore advertises.) In 2005, Mandy designed a few t-shirts for Mblem. 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. Moore is a Neutrogena spokesperson, appearing in commercials on television as well as print ads. These include, most notably, bands such as AFI, Tiger Army, Alkaline Trio and the Murderdolls. Early in her career it was reported in British newspapers that she was a relative of the British actor Ian Lavender, who played Private Pike in the sitcom Dad's Army. 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. Dolittle 2 (where her voice was dubbed), were released in Europe.

Psychobilly has various similarities with horror punk. None of them, except for The Princess Diaries, Racing Stripes and Dr. Myriad bands have imitated The Misfits' style, such as Blitzkid, and these bands have become known as horror punk. The same goes for her movies. 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. However, her single releases did little in other parts of the world. Chud is pursuing a solo career. She has sold about two million albums during her career.

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. Overall, Moore has had a successful musical career in North America. Chud had formed their own band, Graves, which released a single album before breaking up. It featured her six TOP 40 and two HOT 100 hits. Meanwhile Michale Graves and Dr. Sony released a "Best Of" compilation in November of 2004 consisting of the best songs off her 4 previous albums and various soundtrack contributions. 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. Apparently, she has been working on a new album since August 2004.

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. When she was dumped by her record company Epic Records, Mandy signed with Warner Brothers Records. 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. Her first single off the album is "Have a Little Faith in Me." A video was made for the song "Drop the Pilot", and supposedly released as a single somewhere in South America. Chud left the band on October 25, 2000 at a performance at the House of Blues in Orlando. Moore returned to her music and released a fourth album titled Coverage (2003), an album consisting entirely of covers of old songs that Moore was influenced by as a child, and songs she recently discovered. 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. Upcoming roles include the movies Romance & Cigarettes and Racing Stripes (voice).

Chud of Sardonica on drums. Her other movies include box office flop Chasing Liberty (2004) and religious satire Saved! (2004). 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. Macon (Ford) comes along and restores Halley's faith in finding happiness when in love. 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. Halley is a troubled teen who decides to abandon love after witnessing her parents' (Janney and Gallagher as Lydia and Len) divorce, her best friend's (Holden as Scarlett) unexpected incident, and her sister's rocky engagement. In addition to the rights to the Misfits name and image, Only sought songwriting credits on much of the Misfits early material. Allison Janney, Peter Gallagher, Alexandra Holden, and Trent Ford also star.

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 her fifth movie release, she stars as Halley Martin in How to Deal (2003). Samhain later metamorphosed into Danzig. The soundtrack featured four songs by Mandy (Cry, Someday We'll Know, It's Gonna Be Love, and Only Hope). On October 29, 1983 (see 1983 in music), Glenn Danzig broke up the band to dedicate his full attention to a new group, Samhain. Although the movie was by no means a critical hit, it did cement Moore's status as a genuine actress. The band bailed themselves out of jail and skipped court to drive to their next performance in Florida. The movie, based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, revolves around the developing romance between social outcast and devout Christian, Jamie, and West as bad boy Landon Carter.

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. Shortly after the release of her album, Moore portrayed Jamie Sullivan, her first starring role, opposite Shane West in A Walk to Remember (2002). Glenn's jail time would become the inspiration for the song "London Dungeon". This album also showed her more mature and developed voice, in comparison to her past releases. Danzig and guitarist Bobby Steele were jailed in the London district of Brixton for "threatening behavior" on December 2nd, 1979. were "In My Pocket," "Crush," and "Cry." The songs "17" and "Saturate Me" were both released as singles overseas. Like many punk bands of that time, the Misfits had brushes with the law. The singles from Mandy Moore (2001) released in the U.S.

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. Next, Moore released a self-titled album. Many early members came and went, in shifting combination; Danzig and Only being constants. The song, "Stupid Cupid," can also be found on the movie's soundtrack. 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. (Previously she had appeared in the straight-to-video children's movie "Magic Al and the Mind Factory" and had done a voice role for "Dr. Doolittle 2".) In the movie, Moore, as Lana, performs with friends Anna and Fontana. The earliest lineup was a trio, with Danzig singing and playing electric piano. Moore ventured into Hollywood when she appeared in a small part as a mean, blonde, popular cheerleader Lana Thomas opposite Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews in the movie The Princess Diaries (2001).

Their later characteristic font consists of letters taken from the logo of the magazine "Famous Monsters of Filmland". I Wanna Be With You spawned the hit "I Wanna Be With You", which was featured in the movie Center Stage. The original Misfits' latter-day (and canonical) logo, a distinctive skull, is from a 1940s serial, the Crimson Ghost. The second single was "Walk Me Home". Her second CD effort, I Wanna Be With You (2000) featured both new material and a few tracks from "So Real". The band plays and records today as a Jerry Only project, with rotating members. The first single, "Candy", from the CD So Real (1999), was released when Moore was only 15 years old and is an example of the kiddy-Britney-Spears-pop-wave that dominated most of the charts in 1999 and 2000. 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. In between releasing albums, she attended Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs.

The original Misfits released several 7" singles, in DIY limited-edition, that have long been considered prime collectors' items. She was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, but grew up in Seminole County, Florida, outside Orlando. The original Misfits broke up in 1983. Amanda Leigh "Mandy" Moore (born April 10, 1984) is an American pop singer and actress. Members came and went, with bassist and co-founder Jerry Only (nč Caiafa) holding down the fort in terms of other instrumental players. So Real (1999). However, many other early songs are just as interesting, with the recently-released "Static Age" LP (of '78 studio sessions) filling all such accounts. I Wanna Be With You (2000).

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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. Dolittle 2 (2001) .. (The early Misfits were, in both good and bad ways, a notably aggressive and untrained ensemble.). Dr. 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. as Lana Thomas. The early lyrical and graphical focus was on retro (1930s-'50s) science fiction, horror films, and B-movies. The Princess Diaries (2001) ..

The band's name is from The Misfits, Marilyn Monroe's last movie. as Jamie Sullivan. 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). A Walk to Remember (2002) .. Campfire Stories (2001), as The Misfits. as Lisa. Big Money Hustlas (2000), as Misfits 1-4 (individually credited). All I Want aka Try Seventeen (2002) ..

Bruiser (2000), uncredited. as Aeris Gainsborough. Animal Room (1995), as The Misfits. Kingdom Hearts (2002) .. Project 1950 (2003) - album. as Halley Martin. Cuts From The Crypt (1999) - album. How to Deal (2003) ..

Monster Mash (1999) - single. as Anna Foster. Famous Monsters (1999) - album. Chasing Liberty (2004) .. Evillive II (1998) - live fan club album. as Hilary Faye. Dig Up Her Bones (1997) - single. Saved! (2004) ..

American Psycho (1997) - album. as Female Horse, Sandy (voice). 12 Hits From Hell (2001) - album (promo only, unreleased). Racing Stripes (2005) .. 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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