DRAGON CONVENTION, 9/5/98 ------------------------- The Misfits The Misfits are one of the most important bands of the American Punk/Hardcore explosion. Formed in 1977 by Lordi, New Jersey bassist Jerry Only and vocalist Glenn Danzig, the band's debut release was the legendary 7-inch single "Cough/Cool." From 1978 through 1983, the Misfits released numerous singles, EPs, a live album (Evil Live) and two full-length LPs (Walk Among Us and Earth A.D.). When they called it quits following a Halloween gig in 1983, the Misfits left behind a legacy of ghoulish makeup, guitars that looked like weapons, and ultra-fast punk-rock songs that celebrated alien invasions, demonic possession, dismemberment, and cannibalism. In the twelve years that followed, the Misfits had become one of the most-collected rock groups ever. Metallica cited them as a major influence, recorded a cover of "Last Caress/Green Hell" and subsequently introduced the band to legions of new fans. Misfits' covers were also recorded by Soundgarden and Guns n' Roses, and two recent tribute albums (the American Violent World and the Swedish Hell on Earth) were also released. In 1995, Jerry reformed the band with longtime Misfits guitarist and younger brother, Doyle, and Dr. Chud, the Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Drummer (who graduated from Lodi High School with Doyle in 1982). Taking over lead vocals was 24-year-old Michael Graves, whose voice, range, and energy, usurped Danzig's role in the original formation. In 1997, Geffen Records signed the new line up to a recording contract and the Misfits released American Psycho, incorporating the new material into their hyperactive live sets. Tracked at Dreamland Recording Studios with Producer Daniel Vey, American Psycho is another powerful testament to the Misfits' cult status as progenitors of modern thrash metal. Longtime followers of the band have noted that the Misfits seem to have picked up right where they left off with Walk Among Us and Earth A.D. in the mid 1980s.