Misfits is tagged as: punk, horror punk, punk rock, hardcore punk, hardcore
Misfits are an American horror-themed punk rock, or horror punk, band formed in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, United States and originally led by singer and songwriter Glenn Danzig (born Glenn Anzalone) until 1983.
Glenn 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). The name was later resurrected by Jerry Only, without founder Glen Danzig, in 1995, and the Misfits continues to the present.
Glenn Danzig was very interested in Marilyn Monroe, and took the band’s name from “The Misfits”, Monroe’s last film. The band’s early lyrical and graphical focus was on retro (1930s-’50s) science fiction, horror films, and B-movies.
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 doo wop. 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 th...
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