Why I hate The Misfits

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It’s getting kinda cold out, and the leaves are changing, and there’s only a few days left til it’s Halloween. One whole night of crappy, hard to see through masks, homemade costumes made of fabric only your grandmother still wears, candy you probably won’t ever get around to eating, and parties full of idiots. If you happen to get out to a punk rock show on this hallowed evening there’s a very good chance at least one band will cover a misfits song, or hell, even do an entire misfits set.

The misfits (for those living under a rock) were a band that created an entire career around writing catchy songs about crappy horror movies and had one really great speed metal record (Earth A.D.). They broke up in 1982 and subsequently “reunited” in the late 1990’s to a whole new generation of punks (read: kids clueless about current thriving underground punk.).

I admit there was a time when I would never have said hate in reference to the Misfits. Things have changed. I’ve grown up (marginally), I’ve found hundreds more bands to listen to and I’ve found new idols to worship. I also don’t really shop at the mall any longer. Since after “reuniting” their fans have gotten stupider, fatter, and way less cool. Hot topic is really the best place to find misfits paraphernalia and for a second there, two members of the band were wrestlers (who, from all accounts consistently sucked). Because of these heresies I refuse to support or acknowledge any sway the misfits may have ever had on me. from time to time a song will pop into my head, but I’ll quickly hum a hymn and go on with my day.

Guess what, kiddies? Wearing their t-shirts doesn’t give you cred, it just tells me you shop at hot topic. So this year for Halloween, find a rad scary band to listen to, like neurosis. The misfits are totally irrelevant. They stopped being relevant in 1982. Danzig gave up on the idea years ago, why can’t you?