Misfits (also known as The Misfits) are one of punk rocks most iconic punk bands and the creators of the sub-genre know as horror punk. The band’s distinct mix of punk rock with 50’s pop melodies, and horror themed look and lyrics have given them a following among not just punks, but metal heads , goths, horror fans, you name it. To celebrate Halloween season we decided to make the next installment of Ranked Up! on everyone’s favorite Jersey boys, Misfits.
Project 1950 (2003)
Project 1950 is the first album to feature Jerry Only on vocals and first to have no other classic Misfits members. Instead it contains Marky Ramone on drums and Dez Cadena of Black Flag on guitar. The songs are all covers of 50’s rock hits such as “Great Balls of Fire” and “The Monster Mash“. All of these covers are awful and the album just feels like a cheap cash grab. This same year ex-Misfit, Michael Graves put out an EP titled Seasons of the Witch with his band Gotham Road. Listen to that instead of this pointless release.
The Devils Rain (2011)
After seven years of no new albums and 12 years without original material, The Devil’s Rain was released. Long gap albums by classic punk bands tend to bad (Black Flag’s What the… for example) and this is no exception. Jerry tries too hard to sound like Danzig and songs like “Father” and “Twilight of the Dead” reek of cheesy songwriting. Jerry may be the nicest of the original members, but this album shows he was never the strength of the band. The film this album is named after is bad to, but in a good way!
Famous Monsters (1999)
While not as good as the Danzig era, The Michale Graves era of Misfits was still pretty great. This album contains many classic tracks such as “Helena“, “Descending Angel” (which would be re-recorded in 2013), “Forbidden Zone“, “Crawling Eye” and the 50’s style rock n roll song “Saturday Night“. The song Scream would receive a music video directed by George Romero. Doyle, Graves and Dr. Chud would all leave the band after this album.
American Psycho (1997)
American Psycho is the first album to not feature vocalist Glen Danzig and the first album after their 1983 break up. After their Christian metal project Kryst the Conqueror (not making this up) failed to gain much success, brothers Jerry Only and Doyle Von Frankenstein got the rights from Glen Danzig to reform Misfits. Danzig felt the band would go nowhere without him, but this album would prove him wrong. The band recruited vocalist Michale Graves and drummer Dr.Chud and had their first taste of commercial success. The title track, “Shining” (which is ironically about Poltergeist), “Dig Up Her Bones“, and “This Island Earth” are some of the album’s highlights.
Walk Among Us (1982)
The debut release by the band is one of the very first horror punk albums. This album marked the first appearance of Doyle Von Frankenstein who along with vocalist Glen Danzig and bassist Jerry Only, would go on to become the band’s most iconic members. The album showcases the raw punk/pop melody fusion that the Danzig era is known for. Some of the best tracks from here include “20 Eyes“, “Astro Zombies“, “Skulls” and “Hatebreeders“.
Earth A.D/Wolfs Blood (1983)
The last album to feature Glen Danzig is also one of their most influential. The album is most known for having more of a hardcore punk sound then the other albums. Some of this album’s highlights include “Die Die My Darling“, “Death Comes Ripping“, and “Green Hell“. After this album Glen Danzig would form Samhain, and then his solo band Danzig.
Static Age (1997)
Though released in 1997, Static Age was recorded in 1978 and was suppose to be the band’s debut album, but they could not find a label that would take it. The album contained the lineup of vocalist Glen Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, guitarist Franche Coma, and drummer Mr. Jim. It contains several horror themed songs such as “Last Caress” and “Return of the Fly” but also songs with other topics such as “Bullet“, “She” and “We Are 138“. The band is playing the album in its entirety on their current tour.