349: MISFITS

The Misfits, to me, invented two things – horror punk, and the devilock hairstyle. Both will forever be linked to them.

In the late 70s and early 80s, the Misfits infused punk with horror and sci fi themes and imagery, as well as took influence from rock n roll and rockabilly. But, while they’ve always been grouped in with the 80s punk movement, what the Misfits we’re doing musically was different. While other punk bands at the time were just that – punk rock – the Misfits were more like 50s rock made faster and more sinister. It’s this difference that always set the Misfits apart from the pack and made them a true original.

While the band has seen multiple roster changes over the decades, they’ve always persevered and grown. When Jerry Only reformed the Misfits in the 90s, he took the band in a new direction. The band took on a more metal-influenced sound and gothic tone. I’m sure it’s sacrilege to admit, but this period is the Misfits I love the most, because it’s what I grew up with. But that just speaks to what makes the Misfits so special – they’ve survived so long in various forms that they mean different things to deferent people.

In 2016, for the first time in 33 years, the original Misfits of Danzig, Only, and Doyle reunited for a short run of shows. And so, as it had many times before, the band began a new chapter of its storied existence. It’s hard to say how long this resurrected iconic iteration will be around, but this is the Misfits in their most legendary version and I hope I get the chance to witness it.