A famous quote once foretold, “Nothing is stronger than an idea whose time has come”. That statement sums up this situation at its core. The Misfits were so far ahead of their time when we began back in 1977, that it took the world 40 years to catch up. Survival is the challenge…some creations wither and die, destined for extinction, while others endure the test of time. There are rare exceptions when something takes root and grows slowly, beneath the surface, until it eventually takes over. That time has come, and that time is NOW…
I’d like to thank all the FIENDS for 40 years and four generations of horror business.
There’s more to come…
— Jerry Only, 2017 A.D.
Jerry Only (circa 1978), reveals his handmade “Teenagers from Mars” jacket on the streets of NJ.
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EXCLUSIVE 4OTH ANN. INTERVIEW ONLINE NOW
AT THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME!
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Four decades ago, the legendary Misfits’ first live performance took place on April 18, 1977 at CBGB in NYC. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame celebrates the legacy with an all-new Exclusive 40th Anniversary Interview with founding member Jerry Only—online now!
In honor of the 40th, Jerry reflects with the Hall of Fame on the emergence and longevity of the legendary Misfits, influences and crafting an image, his thoughts and emotions on the Original Misfits Reunion, differences between the punk scene of the late 70’s thru early 80’s verses today, and heading in to its fourth decade in horror business—what the future holds for the Misfits…
The piece also features some great photos, past and present, including live shots from the 2016 Original Misfits Reunion performances.
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Click to check out the Exclusive Interview Online Now at the
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Official Website.
In related news, earlier this month it was announced that Jerry Only’s custom Devastator Bass and spiked leather vest—both designed by Only personally, and used at the Original Misfits Reunion Shows in 2016—are now on exhibit as part of the permanent collection at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Misfits relics are accompanied by historical artifacts from the Ramones, The Talking Heads and many other groundbreaking artists from the punk and new wave movement of the late 1970’s and early 80’s.
If you missed the prior news, scroll down to catch up on full details with images, plus quotes from Jerry Only, and the curator of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
SHEPARD FAIREY ON DESIGNING THE MISFITS 40TH ANN. LOGO
To kick off the Misfits 40th Anniversary, (which we’ll continue to celebrate and roll out in a variety of different ways throughout the year), we unveil the Misfits new 40th Anniversary logo, designed with an authentically vintage approach, by acclaimed contemporary street artist, (and longtime Fiend)…Shepard Fairey of Obey Giant.
Shepard had this to say on what the project meant to him personally, as a fan, and as an artist/designer:
“I couldn’t be more proud to work on the Misfits’ 40th-anniversary logo!
As a teenager growing up in South Carolina, the Misfits were a revelation for me. Let me set the scene… It was 1985, and I was attending a conservative private school, but my discoveries of punk rock and skateboarding were quickly eroding the illusion of conformist tranquility in my family home. The more my parents hated my music, the more I was filled with exhilaration from blasting distorted guitar and the more I wanted to draw band logos on my Converse. I was on a mission to find and embrace the most anti-school, anti-parent, and anti-establishment music that existed. Before I even heard the first note of the WALK AMONG US album, I was mesmerized by the album cover with the band dressed like a punk ghoul gang and the campy and creepy giant bat/spider and flying saucers. When the needle dropped on the record, I was knocked out by the blisteringly fast, melodic but distorted ruckus, and belligerent lyrics blaring from the speakers. All of the songs on WALK AMONG US are deviously infectious, but I was especially in love with “All Hell Breaks Loose” for its pounding beat and lyrics like “I send my murdergram to all these monster kids… it comes right back to me and it’s signed in their parents’ blood.” Aggression, style, irreverence, AND parent-baiting lyrics… the Misfits served up the incendiary cocktail I had been searching for.
I quickly picked up other Misfits albums and E.P.’s like Legacy of Brutality, Evilive, and Die, Die My Darling. One thing that stood out to me about all of those records is the artwork. I loved the Misfits art and made a few hand-stenciled shirts in high school and college. The Misfits art is pure alchemy genius and the best example of remixing marginal subculture imagery into a cohesive cult brand in history. From horror films, comics, serials, and B-movies the Misfits culled, cut, pasted, inked, and crafted possibly the most recognizable and enduring punk iconography ever. The thing I love about the classic Misfits imagery is that it is well designed, but has a do-it-yourself charm that is organic and unfussy.
With the classic Misfits iconography so well known and revered, I decided to put my ego as an artist and designer aside and focus on an approach for the band’s 40th-anniversary logo that builds upon and remixes some classic Misfits images while creating some new elements. In my tribute, I wanted to channel the attitude and be true to the Misfits irreverent four decades in horror business. Like it or not… you think they really care?”
NEW MISFITS TEES AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW
Get the all-new Misfits 40th Anniversary Logo designed by Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant) on a classic black unisex tee before its available in any store!
Celebrate the addition of Jerry Only’s Devastator bass into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s permanent collection with the new “Bass Fiend” design by Mister Black.
Also available, the new Bat-Fiend Logo illustrated by Sam Fout, printed on a classic white unisex tee, and for the first time anywhere on apparel, “Unmasked” by Rhys Cooper—as seen on the long sold-out Ltd Edition screen-printed poster.
Order now at the Misfits Online Fiend Store & Misfits Records Online Store and ‘walk among’ the first to wear these Fiendish new T-Shirt designs. All orders for these new Tees begin shipping the week of May 1st.