Music: The Misfits

The Misfits are a Punk Rock band formed by Glenn Allen Anzalone Glenn Danzig in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey. The line up was constantly in flux for most of its existence, with its main members consisting of Glenn Danzig and the bassist Jerry Only. Eventually the classic line up of Glenn, Jerry, Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (Jerry's younger brother)and Arthur Googy was settled upon to record Walk Among Us.

The band made a distinct sound combining the buzz saw guitar of The Buzzcocks with lyrical content mostly about B-Horror movies, Pulp Novels, and trashy pop culture in general. They are the progenitors and still reigning kings of Horror Punk.

The Misfits are commonly considered one of the most influential underground bands of their generations; laying the groundwork for continuing trends in Punk Rock, Goth Rock, Thrash Metal, and post hardcore style Emo (especially My Chemical Romance who share the same fascination with horror and the undead, but applying it in a much more emotional and theatrical way.)

Not to be confused with one of the two Fake Bands from Jem They also have nothing to do with the final film Marilyn Monroe (and Clark Gable) made (though that's where they got their name from.)

Members

Current members in bold. Members who performed on a full-length studio release in italic.
  • Glenn Danzig - vocals, keyboards, studio guitar (1977-1983)
  • Diane DiPiazza - bass (1977)
  • Jimmy Battle - guitar (1977)
  • Manny Martinez - drums (1977)
  • Jerry Only - bass (1977-1983, 1995-present), vocals (2001-present)
  • Franché Coma - guitar (1977-1978)
  • Mr. Jim - drums (1978)
  • Bobby Steele - guitar (1978-1980)
  • Joey Image - drums (1978-1979)
  • Arthur Googy - drums (1980-1982)
  • Doyle - guitar (1980-1983, 1995-2001)
  • Robo - drums (1982-1983, 2005-2010)
  • Brian Damage - drums (1983)
  • Dr. Chud - drums (1995-2000)
  • Michale Graves - vocals (1995-2000)
  • Dez Cadena - guitar (2001-2015)
  • Marky Ramone - drums (2001-2005)
  • Eric Arce - drums (2010-present)
  • Jerry Caiafa jr. - guitar (2014-present)

Studio albums

  • Static Age (recorded in 1978, released in 1997)
  • 12 Hits from Hell (recorded in 1980, released in 2001 note )
  • Walk Among Us (1982)
  • Earth A.D. (1983)note 
  • American Psycho (1997)
  • Famous Monsters (1999)
  • Project 1950 (2003)
  • The Devil's Rain (2011)

"Mommy, Can I Go Out and Trope Tonight?":

  • Altum Videtur - "Halloween II". Not exactly grammatically correct either.
  • Anti-Love Song - "Die Die My Darling".
  • Awesome McCool Name: Most of their Stage Names, especially Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein.
  • The Big Guy - Doyle, have you seen him?
  • Body Horror - Helena
  • Cover Version: They have an album dedicated to this — Project 1950. Aside from that, they also recorded "Rat Fink" and "Day the Earth Caught Fire".
  • Darker and Edgier - Glenn Danzig's Samhaim was darker and not as "fun" as The Misfits.
  • Dark Is Not Evil - Despite having pretty gruesome lyrics, the songs can be remarkably poppy and fun.
  • Dem Bones: Their logo.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their first single, "Cough/Cool" b/w "She": Both songs were stylistically similar to later material, but featured Glenn Danzig on both vocals and electric piano, as they lacked a lead guitarist at the time.
  • Hardcore Punk - At least Earth A.D.
  • Hell Hotel - Horror Hotel.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun - Ghouls Night Out.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: It's impossible to understand Danzig on Earth A.D. without having lyrics in front of you. Other albums have this too, just not as much.
  • Lighter and Softer - The 90s era had better production values and therefore was easier on the ears. They no longer wrote songs about sex and senseless violence (though violent horror movies were still the primary theme to sing about), and a handful of songs were inspired by Jerry Only and Doyle's Christian faith.
  • Lyrical Dissonance - Most of their lyrics are about murder, rape, and destruction (sometimes inspired by B-sci-fi/horror movies), but had rockabilly influenced beats and Glenn Danzig's deep baritone bluesy voice.
  • Metal Scream - Inverted. While most of his contemporaries in punk scream, Glenn has a pleasant and powerful baritone.
  • Murder Ballad - "Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?".
  • Nothing but Skulls - "Skulls".
  • Non-Indicative Title: Usually their songs about horror movies are also titled after the movie itself, so you would think "Shining" would be a song about The Shining... It's about Poltergeist.
  • Our Zombies Are Different - In "Night of the Living Dead" it describes zombies and later criticizes people fascination with them.
  • Revolving Door Band - Classic era Misfits.
    • To clarify, the band has had 19 members total, with 13 of those during the "classic" era (1977-1983).
    • Although "new" Misfits also change their members, just not as constantly as "classic" Misfits.
  • Shout-Out - Mostly involving horror movies:
  • Rock Trio - They became this since Jerry took over lead vocals position.
  • Silly Love Songs - In a way, quite a few:
  • Spiritual Successor - Glenn Danzig's Samhain was his continuation of exploring the darker themes and sound on the Earth A.D. album. The Misfits themselves can be considered a punk version of Alice Cooper or Screaming Lord Sutch.
  • Stage Names - Most of them.
    • Gerald Caiafa turned into "Jerry Only" after they misspelled his name on an early single, so he just wanted "Jerry, Only Jerry".
    • Doyle is named after the family dog.
  • Step Up to the Microphone: Prior to becoming lead vocalist, Jerry sang on their cover of "Monster Mash" (later re-recorded for Project 1950).
    • Dez Cadena sings on "Jack the Ripper" and "Death Ray".
  • Three Chords and the Truth - Some of their earlier records are so raw that they sound as if they were recorded in a public bathroom.
  • Title Track: Present on Static Age, Earth A.D., American Psycho and The Devil's Rain. Averted with Walk Among Us, while they have both an album and a song by that name, the song would not be written and recorded until several years later (it appears on American Psycho).