Misfits (New Jersey punk band)

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Not to be confused with the original name used by the all girl punk-rockers, "The Go-Go's".

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Misfits are an American horror punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk subgenre, blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery.

Founded in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey the original lineup consisted of singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and drummer Manny Martínez. Danzig and Only were the only consistent members throughout the next six years. During this time they released several EPs and singles, and with Only's brother Doyle as guitarist, the albums Walk Among Us (1982) and Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983), both considered touchstones of the early-1980s hardcore punk movement.

Misfits disbanded in 1983 and Danzig went on to form Samhain and then the eponymous Danzig. Several albums of reissued and previously unreleased material were issued after the group's dissolution, and their music became influential to punk rock, heavy metal, and alternative rock music of the late 1990s and early 2000s.

After a series of legal battles with Danzig, Only and Doyle regained the rights to record and perform as the Misfits. They formed a new version of the band in 1995 with singer Michale Graves and drummer Dr. Chud. This incarnation of Misfits had a sound much more rooted in heavy metal, and released the albums American Psycho (1997) and Famous Monsters (1999) before dissolving in 2000. Jerry Only then took over lead vocals and recruited former Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena and former Ramones drummer Marky Ramone for a Misfits 25th Anniversary tour.

This lineup released an album of cover songs entitled Project 1950 and toured for several years. In 2005 Ramone was replaced by Robo, who had played with Black Flag in the early 1980s and had also previously been Misfits' drummer from 1982 to 1983. This lineup released a single titled "Land of the Dead" in 2009. The Misfits' lineup of Only, Cadena, and drummer Eric "Chupacabra" Arce released a new album titled The Devil's Rain in October 2011. In 2015 it was announced that Cadena would be taking a break from music after receiving a cancer diagnosis, and was replaced by Only's son Jerry Caiafa II. That same year Soulfly's Marc Rizzo joined the band, also playing guitar, filling in for Cadena before Caiafa would move on to become the sole guitarist for the band. In September 2016, for the first time in 33 years, Danzig, Only and Doyle reunited for two headlining shows at the Riot Fest, along with original Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo and second guitarist Acey Slade.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Walk Among Us Misfits 4 6
1983 Earth A.D. / Wolfs Blood Misfits 3
1985 Legacy of Brutality Misfits 2
1996 Static Age Misfits 5 2
1997 American Psycho Misfits 4 3
1999 Famous Monsters Misfits 4 4
1999 Music From the Upcoming Famous Monsters Misfits 1
2001 Cuts from the Crypt: 1996-2001 Misfits 2
2003 Project 1950 Misfits 2
2011 The Devil's Rain Misfits 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Misfits (Collection I) Misfits 4
1991 Beyond Evil Misfits 1
1991 Earth A.D. / Wolfs Blood / Evilive Misfits 1
1991 Horror Business Misfits 1
1993 Return of the Records, Volume 1 Misfits 1
1994 Beware and the Rest Misfits 1
1994 Beware: The Complete Singles 77-82 Misfits 2
1995 Collection II Misfits 2
1996 Box Set Misfits 4.5 1
2001 12 Hits From Hell: The MSP Sessions Misfits 1
2002 12 Hits From Hell Misfits 1
If You Don't Know This Song... Misfits 1
Kill Your Baby Today Misfits 1
The 12 Inch Compilation Misfits 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 Blackristmas Misfits 1
1982 1982-04-07: Los Angeles, CA, USA Misfits 1
1988 Heroes of Danzig Misfits 3
1991 The Very Last Performance Misfits 1
1994 Demonomania Club Misfits 1
1998 Evillive II Misfits 1
1999 The Last Show Ever! Misfits 1
2013 DEA.D. Alive! Misfits 1
L. A. Woman Misfits 1
Walk Among You Misfits 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Cough / Cool Misfits 1
1981 Halloween Misfits 1
1984 Die, Die My Darling Misfits 2
1999 Monster Mash Misfits 1
2003 Day the Earth Caught Fire Misfits / BALZAC 1
2009 Land of the Dead Misfits 2
2015 Vampire Girl / Zombie Girl Misfits 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Bullet Misfits 1
1979 Horror Business Misfits 1
1979 Night of the Living Dead Misfits 1
1980 Beware Misfits 1
1981 3 Hits From Hell Misfits 1
2016 Friday the 13th Misfits 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Necronomicon Misfits 1
Buried in a Pet Semetery (Live Tribute to the Ramones) Misfits 1
Vampira Misfits 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Evilive Misfits 2

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