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Misfits Reunion


#1

Hey Jim,
What are your thoughts on this? I think it’s kinda cool. It would be a fun show I bet. I’ve always been a big fan of Walk Among Us so it would be cool to see anything off of that album.
If I remember correctly, you are in the “Misfits is Danzig” camp, so just wondering how you felt about it.

Hope all is well.

Brady


#2

Misfits IS Danzig - that’s not even debatable. He wrote every song, developed the image, ran the label, etc. I love the Misfits: Walk Among Us is great, the Collections are great for every fan, Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood still stands up today: heavy and evil as hell. The latter was released in 1983! And it crushes just about any “metalcore” band or “deathcore” band in both attitude, heaviness and sincerity.

Just the other day, my wife and I were listening and appreciating the lyrics: “I send my murder gram/To all these monster kids/It comes right back to me and it’s/Signed in there parents’ blood.” So awesome and ridiculous.

I grew up with the Misfits and Samhain and they are two of the most important bands in my life - so many emotions and experiences are tied up with them. Danzig gets a lot of flack but I don’t think people realize that he is one of the most prolific song writers and he is a GOOD song writer. The guy has written everything he has played (besides covers). I don’t know if people who have NEVER written a song realize how difficult this is.

Anyway, Danzig lost a lot of money off what he created so I hope he makes a tiny portion of it back.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFY1UgccNtg


#3

I completely agree. I was just listening to Skulls this morning and it is more brutal than any other “deathcore” song I’ve heard as of late.

Love it.

My 3 year old son was dancing around to it and my wife was like “Not sure he realizes what they’re saying.” Funny stuff.

Have a good weekend, man.


#4

Oh, I also wanted to ask if you could recommend any good books. I just finished a semester of online classes and have a few weeks before I start my summer semester.

Any suggestions?


#5

Absolutely. Little anecdote here…

I can recall the schism I experienced in my turn from childhood to adolescence. I was perusing limewire listening to Green Day and Linkin Park when I stumbled upon Misfits somehow. I saw “Mommy Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?” and “Green Hell” and shit just changed as soon as I hit play after waiting 3 hours for them to download lol. That, mixed with just learning about weightlifting/powerlifting as a 14 year old just changed everything for me. Anyway, didn’t know you had an appreciation and love for such an unknown and underrated band.


#6

I started listening to Misfits/Samhain while in junior high. The summer prior to my freshman year, I was at football camp for freshman (lifting, running) and had some Samhain shirt on. A fellow player saw it and we struck up a conversation about music and we instantly became friends. A short while later, he and I started a band (me on drums, him singing). We had found a guitarist and bassist and began practicing at my house. We had NO IDEA how to play - the guitarist was pretty good but the rest of us were a mess.

Over the next 3-4 years we got better and played at school functions, got to play for the school during lunch periods, Battle of the Bands, community talent/music shows and various youth group places. My senior year, I got the axe due to time commitment and the fact that I wasn’t very good. The other guys started a new band, new name and proceeded to make a name for themselves.

For those that know the Chicago scene, this band was Cap’n Jazz and Joan of Arc (and a million other bands that morphed from that line up). I doubt many know these bands but it’s pretty cool that they found a place and are highly regarded in their specific genre. Tim Kinsella was the singer I met at freshman football - and he has worked his ass off making a name for himself and doing what he does best. Even at a young age, you could tell he had a vision and the talent to do what he wanted. It’s funny how these kinds of people always seem to have “it”.

Growing up, there was no internet so we had a network of local, private owned record shops, older brothers, cousins and actually getting out and playing with other bands and trading music. People couldn’t wait to share with each other and pass it on to others. This is how underground music survived - and yes, I know everyone thinks the internet is “the best ever” but for those of us that grew up in that time, there was something special and unique that bonded all these people. Something the internet can never replicate.


#7

Very cool, Jim.

I grew up playing music in the Fargo, ND area, which is pretty much the same as the pre-Internet era you speak of. It was just before the Internet was used so much for music, so we loved getting our basement demos and garage made patches, buttons and shirts into our backpacks and out to the local shows. Bands passing through would play shows with us, trade merch and demos, and pass them along.

Definitely a cool culture to be a part of growing up. The guy that ran an old record shop in Fargo said that Danzig used to come in and pick through the really obscure collection the owner had in the basement when he was in the area. We could never tell if he was giving us shit because we had fiend skulls on our clothes or if he was telling the truth.


#8

This is a copy of a song we wrote years and years ago, but finally recorded a decent version of later on. Just some punk stuff. The fun part about this band is I played bass and my buddy played drums, but we would switch off since we could both play all the instruments.

This is a later project I played drums for about 7 years ago in St. Cloud, MN. Poor quality, but all the aggression remains.