Jerry Only (born Gerald Caiafa on April 21 1959 in Lodi, New Jersey) is the bassist and current vocalist for the horror punk band, The Misfits. He is generally regarded as one of the band's founding members, although Diane DiPiazza had played bass for a few practice sessions prior to Jerry joining the band. He invented the infamous hair style, the Devilock. As well as playing with The Misfits, he also played bass in Kryst The Conqueror, and Osaka Popstar.
As of 2005, his band is touring Europe in The Misfits' 25th anniversary tour. He is the only member of the band to play on every Misfits release.
He plays a custom "Devastator" Bass made out of graphite. It has no tone or volume control knobs due to the fact that he only plays it on full blast. From 1977-1983 he played a customized Rickenbacker 4001. None of the hardware or electronics in the guitar were customized, but he would often say the body to make it look 'gothier', and would add decorations (such as winged skulls) onto the headstock.
He joined The Misfits in 1977, just a few months after receiving his first bass as a late Christmas present. He would work at his father's factory during the week to help finance the band and play shows on the weekend. This would go on for several years until the band split due to differences between lead singer Glenn Danzig and the rest of the band. During this downtime, Jerry and his brother Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (the guitarist for The Misfits) formed Kryst The Conqueror. Before ressurecting the Misfits he had a a very unsuccessul music career. In 1995 he settled a legal battle out of court with co-founder Glenn Danzig, effectively allowing him rights to the bands name on a performing level, while they split the money on merchandising. He reformed the band with Doyle (who played guitar from 1980 to 1983), vocalist Michale Graves, and drummer Dr. Chud.
Chud and Graves left the group in 2000, to form Graves. They were replaced on the M25 tour by Dez Cadena, formerly of Black Flag and DC3 on guitar and Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, on drums. Jerry took up the singing duties at this point. In early 2005 Marky left the group and Jerry brought in ex-Misfit and Black Flag drummer ROBO to rejoin the group.
In 2006, Jerry joined the lineup of Osaka Popstar as bassist.
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