If T-shirts sold are any indication, the Misfits truly no longer require any introduction. However, the band -- which is still active as an incarnation led by bassist Jerry Only -- has a very specific timeline of relevant records, and the potent mix of dense churning guitars, pummeling drums, melodic whoa-whoa-whoas, and fantastic sci-fi/horror themes found on those early albums have informed the direction of countless bands since. Without the Misfits' flare for cinematically themed punk and aesthetic, punk and metal would be a far less fun place today.
While we have our doubts that we'll ever see a proper early lineup reunion, thanks to the lawsuits and other such behavior odd for working class punks from the 'burbs of Jersey, Glenn Danzig has been touring with original Misfits guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (also known as Paul Caiafa, and brother of Jerry Only [born Gerald Caiafa]). The tour includes a set of Misfits classics performed by the pair.
We spoke with Doyle, who recently released a solo album entitled Abominator, about his history with the Misfits, lawsuits in punk rock, and hot sauce.More »