Misfits are the very definition of a cult band. The horror-punk pioneers enjoyed little recognition during their original existence in the late '70s and early '80s, but became increasingly influential as more hard rock and heavy metal bands began covering their numbers, many of which make our list of the Top 10 Misfits Songs. Today, their brand is literally worth millions, but most of the principal players in the band's long history -- singer Glenn Danzig , bassist Jerry Only and his guitar-playing brother Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein -- have spent more time in courtrooms than in rehearsal rooms, constantly fighting over who could tour under the band's name, control their iconic visuals, etc. All of which proves that the Misfits legacy, and the Top 10 Misfits Songs, is ultimately bigger than any of the musicians who contributed to its development, and will most likely outlive them all. The song is based on a U. My Darling for U. No one but Glenn Danzig could make such dire threats against innocent babies and righteous mothers with such romantic delivery. Home News. Top 10 Misfits Songs. Next: Top 50 Classic Metal Albums.
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To say the Misfits defined a genre is an understatement. They essentially created horror-punk and owned it so definitively that any band who followed in their footsteps looked like they were doing a second-rate impression. By combining their love of punk rock, s doo-wop and horror flicks, the Misfits crafted a sound and an image so unique they'll never be duplicated. And while the band has gone through various iterations over the past two decades, Misfits fans will always recognize those first few years, when they were fronted by Glenn Danzig, as the golden era of Misfits. From that glorious period come the tunes on this list of the 10 Best Misfits Songs. He claims that he could not get bandmate Jerry Only to practice this song, so he recorded the entire thing himself.
Happy Halloween! It has been that way ever since I discovered the band when I was in middle school thanks to a revival in the band long after its demise that saw its familiar Crimson Ghost skull logo plastered on everything. Unknown to me at the time, this was due to a new legal settlement agreed upon by Danzig and original bassist Jerry Only that paved the way for Only to resurrect the band to record new music and release lots and lots of novelty items.
The original incarnation split in after which Danzig went on to pursue a successful solo career. After their disbanding, they became influential on many punk bands who followed as well as many metal bands, with Metallica being particularly notable fans. Only formed a new version of the band in with Michael Graves on vocals and a drummer named Dr. They now had a more metal-influenced sound and released two albums, American Psycho in and Famous Monsters in before disbanding in However, the band have continued to play since after Only formed yet another line-up, this time taking on vocal duties himself whilst enlisting Marky Ramone on drums and Dez Candena formerly of Black Flag for a 25th anniversary tour. In Marky was replaced by Robo who had played in the band before as well as Black Flag. The Misfits are something of a rarity in punk in the sense that there is very little in the way of politics or social commentary and they mainly seek to create escapism.