Misfits' Jerry Only on Reuniting with Glenn Danzig: "Nothing Is Out of the Realm of Possibility"

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Mick Rock
Misfits' bassist and current vocalist Jerry Only (born Gerald Caiafa) has made a career out of playing dress-up. With his ghoulish getups and pointy, trademark Eddie Munster tribute "devilock" 'do, Only sports one of punk's most recognizable looks. His band is an innovator of the horror-punk movement, an antiestablishment culture combined with a zombie aesthetic. It was the perfect fit for Only, who joined forces with Glenn Danzig to form the macabre Misfits in 1977.

Based out of Danzig and Only's hometown of Lodi, New Jersey, the seminal group formed from a mutual appreciation for grade-B horror flicks, '50s harmonies, and simple, three-chord progressions. In the early '80s, the band's campy and crude songs hit the punk scene -- more concerned with social upheaval and political unrest than having a good time -- like a bolt of lightning. Punk rock was taking itself way too seriously when Only and Danzig introduced their everyday-is-Halloween, over-the-top brand of horror punk. In this serious climate, the group released its 1982 debut, Walk Among Us. Considered an instant classic, the album's rollicking riffs, throwback verses, and, most notably, Danzig's mammoth bellows cemented the Misfits' place in rock 'n' roll's pantheon.


Although Danzig and Only would go their separate ways one year later, the band's legacy lives on, with notable acts such as Gun N' Roses, Pennywise, Metallica, Superchunk, and countless others covering the band's tunes. A continual wave of bands paying tribute to the Misfits' dramatic songs and the prevalence of their skull logo has led to legions of new fans 35 years later. Chances are you know at least five guys under age 35 who have the Misfits' iconic logo tattooed on their flesh.

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zedopicadinho_
zedopicadinho_

@eaileon não tá carregando porém as câmeras do punk'd estão atrás de vc

S7ETEVECESS7ETE
S7ETEVECESS7ETE

@filmontoya @MikyDCE never gonna happen... Danzig lo odia

jonathantizio
jonathantizio

@Calabrese666 not happening. Jerry will tell Glenn to sing Only era songs. Glenn will refuse and reunion off. Jerry will say he tried.

FallenAsylum
FallenAsylum

@Calabrese666 @punknews what does Glenn say? I'm unfortunately guessing "no"

cagastepistola
cagastepistola

@Dsan_chile Buena! dicen que en pedir no hay engaño.

AustinSeals
AustinSeals

@TheNRL :,O

TheNRL
TheNRL

@AustinSeals lol I don't know what that emoticon means lol

AustinSeals
AustinSeals

@TheNRL overwhelmed with emotion lol

TheNRL
TheNRL

@AustinSeals haha gotcha

TheNRL
TheNRL

@Calabrese666 @punknews guess jerry finally figured that's the only way to save what he's done to the Legacy #FuckJerry

MissMakaber
MissMakaber

@Calabrese666 @Punknews Misfits were so much better with Danzig or Graves...Jerry Only is such a loser....and the real Fiends know that.

MissMakaber
MissMakaber

@Calabrese666 @Punknews oh my fucking god!I hope they do it...and then they can kicking Only out an bring Glenn back.

mykemuerte
mykemuerte

@calabrese666 hold on.. wait.. yup. i just came! haha

GGARFEIN
GGARFEIN

@Punknews See they do serve a purpose. Now you can have your bench off. @JADEDPUNKHULK

arepao
arepao

@alejandro_404 senda primicia eso de Misfits, pero igual, ahora sí es por Danzig está descartado igual jaja.

Pekoraxx
Pekoraxx

@SrCendales Pero ojala con gira incluida..

SrCendales
SrCendales

@Pekoraxx claro!! Sería muy bueno.

gebu302
gebu302

Just heard a Misfits song on a Tv Commercial = NOT COOL !!!!!!! If Money is needed,then call Glen Danzig and do a tour that the FANS DESERVE !!!!!!! and have WAITED for LONG ENOUGH !!!! Since Jerry Only States that if a reunion happened it would just be about the money.So your going to tell me letting a tv commercial use " Where eagles dare " is not about money ??? If anyone has contact with Mr.Jerry Only,please get this to him.I tried to post it to the Misfits page,but was not able.Signed a 24 year + Die Hard Fan

JavierStrummer
JavierStrummer

@FelipeAsenjo KLAHSIAJHFDKLSAJDKLSAJFLASJFIOWEQHFSKJACNSAKDFASKLDJASLJASD -CORRE EN CÍRCULOS-!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

metalseal1
metalseal1

The Real Misfits died when Glenn left....you little kids will never learn..

Steven232698
Steven232698 like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @metalseal1 This is the trendy d-bag thing to say when it comes to the misfits. Get over it. Glen is an ass and the misfits have been rocking on since.

Mike
Mike

 @Steven232698  @metalseal1 How is it the "trendy" thing to say if everyone who says it gets crucified? It's the truth. The band that people are paying to see now is NOT The Misfits. It's Jerry Only and Friends playing a few cover songs and some shitty new ones they wrote.

sleeper_service
sleeper_service

 @EvilElvis  @Mike  @Steven232698  @metalseal1  I can agree with this. The Graves era was a different, more campy animal from the Danzig era but Graves had pipes and the songs were catchy and fun. The current incarnation is just kind of sad.

EvilElvis
EvilElvis

 @Mike  @Steven232698  @metalseal1 I'll agree that the latest group of people using the name "The Misfits" is an abomination, as a 40-year-old Fiend from way back, I will say that the Graves era was also worthy of the name. 

Deadlifter08
Deadlifter08

@misfitsrecords i cant wait! jerry only you are the man and put on one of the best shows ever!!

Deadlifter08
Deadlifter08

@misfitsrecords MISFITS, CHICAGO IN NOVEMBER!! i will be there in the front row giving my brothers all the praise and support the deserve!!

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