TERRORIZER, 2/96 ---------------- THE MISFITS LOOK BACK IN ANGER? The Misfits, that classic American band, are back with a brand new compilation album and plenty of plans for the future. An awe-struck Ian Galsper seizes this rare opportunity to get in touch with the outfit and talks here to guitarist Jerry Only. Well, if you've not heard of these guys by now, what the f**k are you doing reading this magazine?! (To paraphrase the title of one of their live albums!) What with Caroline having released a new compilation chocka with such classics as 'Attitude' and 'We Are 138', and a coffin shaped 4CD box set due soon, and virtually everyone citing 'em as a major influence, I thought an appearance in these hallowed pages was long overdue! I linked up with chatty guitarist Jerry Only to find out what was happening... "We were in litigation for many years, and we weren't able to use our name, but now we have our name back, and we've come up with a new lineup. It's me and Doyle (bass) as always, and we have a new drummer, name of Dr. Chud, and a new singer, Michael Graves. He's a young guy, only 20 years old, but we really think he'll grow into the job. He's got the tools, and he works hard, so we're excited about it!!" What were the legal problems you were having? "The situation was that things were being used that shouldn't have, and we had to come in and put a stop to it. We wanted to continue the band, and it wasn't something that should just be left undone. We really missed playing and we're happy to be back!" Why is the time right now for a MISFITS comeback? "Well, the thing is," reckons the enthusiastic guitarist. "We're not looking to hop on this 'second wave', or whateveer you want to call it, that's coming into shore...the whole reason we weren't able to play was because we were being kept from it and we're happy we've been able to come back and do it. It's just taken a real long time, a lot of red tape, but we overcame it, and we're back. We're gonna use the same energy levels we had before, and hopefully write a liitle more technical stuff besides the simplistic '50's type material. We're gonna grow with the band. We're really not looking to jump into the punk revival...it's just a twist of fate that the market is right for punk again...we'd actually prefer to avoid being tagged with that, if you know what I mean? We've waited too long to play again to be swept out when punk goes back out of fashion, y'know?" So, what've you been doing in the meantime? "Well, we've developed some resin model kits that we're selling, and a new T-shirt line that we've developed. And we shot a couple of movie pilots...we're trying to bring back 'Chiller Theatre', which was a Saturday night horror show that was aired here once a week. It's more or less a midnight witching hour on TV, where we'd show old horror films, and we just got done shooting the first of the pilots of it this last weekend. So, we're working on out own TV show, which we're trying to sell to one of the networks." Bassist Doyle takes the phone when I ask, have they had any contact with Glenn Danzig recently? "He won't get on the phone with us, he won't let us in his hotel rooms! We asked him to sing, y'know...But getting in touch with him is like pulling teeth from a Rhinocerus!! He's too big to talk to us, or something! I dunno...we've got no beef with him, but he seems to have a problem with us...But we like him, y'know?" Did he ever want to hold the reins on everything in the MISFITS like he does in DANZIG? "Well, when he got like that, that was when we broke up. He was never like that to start with but he got a little crazy and it wasn't fun anymore!" Jerry take over again when I ask them are they ever uncomfortable with how collectable their material is? "Nah, I just feel sorry for our loyal fans, because there have been a lot of people who've pumped out a lot of garbage just to make money off the loyalty of our people. One of the good things about our band is how collectable we are, which is why all those different versions of our stuff winds up being so appealling to people, but at the same time, I try to tell them not to spend more money than they think is fair for a particular bootleg...I don't like bootlegging, 'cos it's pirating, and you have no artistic control, and a lot of these pirates are just taking advantage of our fans, and I find that very sad!!" I bought the 'Beware' 12" over ten years ago for 50p, and I've since been offered 3100 pounds for it! "I've heard of them going for one thousand dollars in mint condition," replies Jerry incredulously. "And that's definitely going overboard!! The best way to beat the bootleggers is to put out the same product, only better quality, for less money, and that's we're doing with this boxed set, and these releases by Caroline." Why do you think the MISFITS music is so timeless? "Because it was honest," he says, without hesitation. "And that honesty shows through in the music! I think the music is memorable because it's simplistic, with good melodies and hooks, and the band puts out a lot of energy. We're not trying to be trendy...we don't cater to anyone's whims. We're just gonna do what comes natural, and hopefully that'll work for us. Our loyalty is to our people and to our music!!" ____________________________________________________________ Also included were 2 large color photos of the new lineup beside an electric chair, taken at the Chiller Theatre Horror Convention in October of 1995.