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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 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 apply it in a much more emotional and theatrical way).


On May 12, 2016 it was announced that Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein will perform together for the first time in 33 years in September 2016. Since then, they've been playing together alongside new members Dave Lombardo and Acey Slade whenever they have any free time, and Jerry has stated he's open to making an album.

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.)



Current members in bold. Members who performed on a full-length studio release in italic.

  • Glenn Danzig - Vocals, keyboards, studio guitar (1977-1983, 2016-present)
  • Diane DiPiazza - Bass (1977)
  • Jimmy Battle - Guitar (1977)
  • Manny Martinez - Drums (1977)
  • Jerry Only - Bass (1977-1983, 1995-present), vocals (2001-2016)
  • Franche 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, 2016-present)
  • 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 (2010-2016)
  • Jerry Caiafa Jr. - Guitar (2014-2016)
  • Acey Slade - Guitar (2016-present)
  • Dave Lombardo - Drums (2016-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?:"

But the actual correct lyrics, according to LotLH are:

"Don't mess with demon offspring
The virgin's demon offering
Their fury has no master
I am cancer

  • 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's fascination with them.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Glenn Danzig is 5Ft2In, and in his younger years he was quite buff.
  • The Power of Hate: Actually deconstructed by "Hatebreeders," which aims to show how destructive being raised to hate really is.
    "Murder one inborn into your every cell (whoa oh oh)
    It's in your blood and you can't shake it
    Because you were bred to take it
    Next stop annihilation
    They bred the hate right in your bones"
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Constantly angry occultist Danzig, and relatively mellow Christian Jerry, with Doyle being the required Surrounded by Idiots Only Sane Man stopping them from killing and/or suing each other.
  • 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.
  • Sequel Song: "Dying On Sunday Night", from Michele Graves' solo project is a sequel to "Saturday Night".
  • 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.
    • Michale Graves' solo works are essentially darker and more socially relevant successors to his works with The Misfits, with songs about among other things, the Columbine tragedy, and on his latest album, Elon Musk's creations becoming sentient and monstrous.
    • The 90s era of Misfits could be considered one to Jerry and Doyle's spiritually themed punk metal band Kryst the Konqueror.
  • Pop Punk: The Michale Graves era Misfits definitely counts, although with a much heavier edge
  • Stage Names: Most of them.
    • Gerald Caiafa Jr 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.
    • Gerald Caiafa III was known as "Jerry Other"
    • Glenn "Danzig" Anzalone
  • 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."
  • The Theme Park Version: The more disturbing and violent features of the original band are shorn off in the revived version, which features a more cartoonish image and has lyrics focused almost exclusively on vintage horror and science fiction films.
  • 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.
    • Doyle states that all he knows are downstrokes and power chords. Some would assume that he's ripping off Johnny Ramone's playing style, but Doyle openly admits that he he knew nothing about playing guitar.
  • 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).
  • The Von Trope Family: Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein is a Type 2.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Doyle is very rarely seen wearing a shirt. Most likely to show off how ripped he is.
    • Danzig infamously so


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