Dominated by the sneering and crooning of Glenn Danzig (vocals) and joined by Jerry Only (Real Name: Jerry Caiafa)on bass, the Misfits emerged from the efforts of the pair. They started out by gigging at the usual N.Y. hot spots like CBGB's, with Bobby Steele (guitar) and Joey Image (drums) completing the line-up. They released their first single,Cool Cough (1977), on the self-financed 'Plan 9' label. This was followed up by another single titled Bullet (1977) featuring a sleeve picture depicting JFK's assassination.
The EPs Horror Business and Night Of The Living Dead (1978) (in reference to the George A. Romero film), and Three Hits From Hell (1981) followed. A special Halloween single recorded (yup) in October 1980 titled Halloween was also completed. Glenn and team would then embark on a European tour supporting The Damned, but it would be on this tour that the band became more known for Danzig falling into fisticuffs with the roadies than anything else. To further complicate the issue, Joey's narcotic habits worsened, causing him to be replaced by Googy(a.k.a. Eerie Von). Steele would leave to join the Undead, and was replaced by Jerry's brother Doyle (Real Name:Paul Caiafa). This line-up would play for the mini-album Beware (1981). Their belated debut proper album Walk Among Us (1982; one of their only albums released in the U.K.) would follow. It was here that they adopted Danzig's horror Sci-Fi obsession and turned itinto a comic book B-movie style look with song titles like I Turned Into A Martian and Astro Zombiest.
We Are 138 was the track on 1993's Evil Live that guest featured Henry Rollins. Earth A.D./Wolfsblood (1984) was their final effort and saw them take a more serious and more brutal audio attack. It also featured Googy replacing by Robo on drums. Although their career was only a short six years, and none of the patchy albums succeeded in capturing their live act, it was nevertheless enough to catapult them into cult status by getting acclaim by such modern acts as Marilyn Manson, Metallicaand Guns N' Roses.
Danzig, on the other hand, was plotting his independence as far back as 1981 with his own solo single Who Killed Marilyn, later forming Samhain with drummer Eerie Von. He would later get his minute of fame with his own Danzig outfit of the late '80's and on into the 1990s with the help of Skid Row (USA) guitarist David Sabo. Jerry and Doyle, for their parts, formed Kryst The Conqueror after the Misfits split; they only released one 5 track EP. Two posthumous compilationreleases, Legacy Of Brutality (1985) and The Misfits (1986), emerged. A various artists compilation was completed in 1997 as a tribute called Violent World.
The band would reform a decade later, with Dr. Chud (drums), Michael Valmont (a.k.a. Michael Graves; vocals), with original members Doyle and Jerry Only to release American Psycho in 1997 without Danzig,an album followed up with Famous Monsters in 1999. Long after the demise of the original act, their original works are still fetching large sums of money in collecting circles.