Category: Misfits

Misfits – Misfits

ARTIST: Misfits 220px-Misfits_-_Misfits_(Collection_I)_cover

TITLE: Misfits (a/k/a Collection 1)

YEAR RELEASED: Compilation

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: Bullet, Horror Business, Night of the Living Dead, Die Die My Darling

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Where Eagles Dare

LINEUP: Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only. The majority of tracks were with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein or Bobby Steele on guitar, and Arthur Googy on drums.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Probably the best place to start for the Misfits.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Thank goodness cooler heads prevailed, and the Misfits early catalog is available now. This is probably the best collection of that material – as it chose the strongest material and most seminal work.

The Misfits legal docket and personnel problems are probably longer and more complex than about any other band from that era. That caused their catalog to be intermittently available, albums to be unreleased, and tracks re-recorded with other musicians in some instances.

This is the Misfits in their more punk rock / horror punk phase than anything they did later, and while the tunes are a bit same-same as you move along, there’s some essential stuff like “Bullet” and “Die Die My Darling” that was so influential to bands that followed.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: There are two other collections, Legacy of Brutality and Collection II, which have other early Misfits material, though they have more of the re-recorded material when Danzig was trying to keep the royalties to himself.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No, but there was a box set available with all of the early Misfits tracks.

GRADE B. Not always recorded in the best fidelity, and sometimes they repeat themselves, but for those wanting to know what the deal was about the Misfits, here is the stuff you need to hear.

Misfits – Walk Among Us

ARTIST: Misfits                       220px-Misfits_-_Walk_Among_Us_cover

TITLE:  Walk Among Us

YEAR RELEASED: 1982

CHART ACTION: None

SINGLES: None

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I’m sure the converted know them all.

LINEUP: Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, Doyle, Arthur Googy

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First released full-length album after a boatload of singles and EPs.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After false starts, band changes, label reluctance, and instability in general, the (in) famous Misfits finally released a full length album in 1982. Was it worth the wait?

Well, maybe. It depends on who you talk to.

It’s punk rock with horror ethos, which is fine. Glenn Danzig conveys the requisite evil emotions, and the band plays with fervor. What’s happening here is the same-same-same of a lot of the tracks, especially the ‘whoa-ho-whoa’ backing vocals.

I’m not part of the cult – I missed that railroad, and I’ve always been skeptical. This didn’t really convert me, but it’s NOT bad, really. It’s decent enough, and enough time has passed where it’s not really ‘scary’ anymore except to some zealot fundies.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had an album ready to go in 1978, but shelved it due to band changes and no record company interest.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

 GRADE: B: Honestly, it’s not as good as the hype, but it’s also near the end of their road.