on October 31, 2018 | Last updated October 31, 2018
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The Misfits are one of punk rock's most famous and beloved classic bands - not quite as widely-known as, say, the Ramones, but pretty damn close. Hell, their logo is one of those types of things you see on numerous shirts that are worn by people who haven't listened to them. The fact that they practically invented the horror punk subgenre, which blends morbid, B-movie-inspired lyrics and nostalgic 50s and 60s influences into the energetic and distorted style typical of punk, makes them a perfect fit for this Halloween date.
A bit of an oddity in their discography, Static Age was recorded all the way back in 1978, meaning it's actually technically the band's first album. However, the full recordings were shelved for almost 20 years due to the band not being able to find a label willing to release it, followed by half of the band quitting. Some of the tracks were slowly trickled out on singles, EPs, and compilations in the years to come, until the album was finally released in full as part of the band's boxset in 1996, and then individually a year later.
Static Age is often said to contain some of the band's best material - case in point, "Last Caress," one of their most beloved songs among fans. Like many Misfits songs, it's a snappy, aggressive, power-chord driven punk number. Its lyrics are comically fucked up and all delivered in catchy, sing-a-long melodies by Danzig's powerful voice. Never before or after has singing about murdering babies and... other unspeakable acts... been such a joy!