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Lodi, New York NJ, United States (1977 – 1983, 1995 – present)

Misfits are an American band formed in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey. The band’s lyrical and graphical focus covers retro science-fiction, horror, and B-movies. Originally led by singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig until their initial breakup in 1983, the band was later resurrected in 1995 by Jerry Only without Danzig, and continues to exist.

Danzig along with bassist Jerry Only (born Jerry Caiafa), who joined shortly after the band’s inception, remained the only consistent members throughout various line-ups, during the six years of the band’s original incarnation (from 1977 to 1983). Danzig was very interested in Marilyn Monroe, and took the band’s name from “The Misfits”, Monroe’s last film. The early Misfits were often quite melodic, featuring Danzig’s versatile singing, which had a style rooted in Italian tenors such as Mario Lanza and in 1950s . Early Misfits songs tended to have catchy, sing-along choruses backed by Danzig’s distorted keyboard accompaniments.

The band began as a largely untrained ensemble. The song Last Caress (a very rare track for years) is now commonly regarded as the epitome of an early-Misfits song, with blaring instruments and Danzig’s melodic vocals finding a medium between Frank Sinatra and the Sex Pistols.

By the original band’s last album, Earth A.D., they had become a band, with Danzig’s standout vocal tone floating over a torrent of thrashing guitar, bass, and drums.

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  • microtesla

    Are they playing in wheelchairs?

    8 hours ago Reply
  • Belmondo_8

    Шикарная банда!

    20 Sep 5:43pm Reply
  • mefurgly

    Misfits with Jerry Only singing is THE. WORST. BAND. I have ever seen play. They shouldn't even be called a "band". Horrible crime against music. Why do they exist? They're shitting on Glenn Danzig's creation and stealing money from children.

    16 Sep 8:06pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia ze Śląska dla fanów Misfits

    16 Sep 4:33pm Reply
  • senotfed

    \\o/

    6 Sep 11:49pm Reply
  • Epsilon_X2008

    I'm gonna be "that guy" for a second and say check out Crazies, some raw hardcore/horror punk from WNY http://crazies.bandcamp.com/

    31 Aug 4:04pm Reply
  • StrokeHeart

    Misfits 4eva.

    28 Aug 9:29pm Reply
  • ochuel

    I joined this year and am addicted to scrobbling mostly from my iTunes library, but I will admit there are some bands that I'm really digging that I only heard from here, only because I have been living under a rock relying on satellite radio. Love music in general, that's why my library so chaotic. Mainly love all things rock/metal. Unfortunately it doesn't look like Samhain is coming this way, so you'll have to let me know how the show is.

    10 Aug 2:08pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    there i go again thinking what someone listened to on lastfm is all they've heard lol , my bad. i hope to see samhain live this fall, hope they come visit you soon as well.

    10 Aug 5:22am Reply
  • ochuel

    I listened to them a lot when I was a kid. Followed Danzig in Samhain and his solo career. Pissed I lost my Samhain albums! Never really got into "newfits", I'm sure they have some good tracks. Just always liked Danzig. Still like dusting off the old "Collections", as well as other albums every now and then.

    7 Aug 10:08pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    igore youre listening to the newfits. listen to the real misfits tracks to get a true idea. go ahead and listen to those "Collection I & II" compilations.

    7 Aug 10:23am Reply
  • Trash73

    WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *singing* [2]

    6 Aug 10:50pm Reply
  • ochuel

    @ketamineface/akakijevich- You think people wearing their shirts and not knowing who they are is bad? How about the people who pretend, like the guy who thinks they're a 90's band!

    4 Aug 1:46am Reply
  • iGOREshh

    Didn't know it was so soft. But's alright, I liked the sound. Cool and emotional songs.

    1 Aug 10:02pm Reply
  • Julisboa7x

    Descending Angel ♥

    18 Jul 1:48am Reply
  • versionfiv

    oh yeah i remember in high school a couple girls like that. just been a long time, forgot they existed!

    13 Jul 7:05pm Reply
  • KaramAkerfeldt

    I was on my way to the stage the "Misfits" were playing at at Hellfest. As I was approaching it, I could hear Jerry butchering the shit out of the songs. I just turned back and headed elsewhere. I'll leave my (real) Misfits live memories at Danzig with Doyle. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THE SO-CALLED MISFITS' LIVE SHOWS.

    10 Jul 2:28pm Reply
  • Ivartist

    Jerry is such a cool guy, after their preformance at Hellfest the guy chatted with the public, singed their stuff and even let them take pictures with him!

    5 Jul 4:46pm Reply
  • MysticShit

    "Ride Johnny, Ride" OH, i just listen to Bullet on repeat driving around at night. It's that good!

    4 Jul 8:32pm Reply
  • JhosyRamona

    WHOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA *singing*

    4 Jul 3:44am Reply
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