|Doyle touring with Danzig c. 2004|
A lot of people in the punk rock community have, unfortunately, fully bought into the legal and creative drama surrounding the various-over-time members of the Misfits who have come and gone. The quasi-Misfits factions can be summed up in three categories:
What makes the scene ugly is that members of the factions absolutely hate those of the other factions. It’s like a Middle Eastern tribal war and there’s seldom any reasoning with these people because music is their life, and so their heroes—whether they be Glenn Danzig, Michale Graves, or Jerry Only—are the anchors of their identity.
|Michale Graves in Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg|
Furthermore, the fact that Jerry Only's songs don’t have the "F" word in them actually gives the younger kids—the next generation of fiends—something clean to present to their parents for inspection while they’re really on their iPods listening to the obscene Danzig era songs. (Well done, Jerry, well done indeed.) For that, I won't bring up the whole WCW episode, which I interpreted as the punk rock equivalent of elderly country singers going to Branson to die.
|Yours Truly with Jerry Only at the Key Club in Hollywood|
I'm impressed with Danzig nowadays for his advanced metal musicianship. I like Graves nowadays because he's a fellow Ron Paul supporter like myself. I connect with Jerry Only nowadays because he's a fellow Believer. Glenn Danzig, Michale Graves, and Jerry Caiafa are all skilled musicians and entertainers whom I'd gladly seat at my table. (Yes, Doyle can come too.) Regardless of the vocalists who have come and gone or the era by which their songs and albums are labeled by fans, I like the Misfits. End of story.
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein image by "Topitoxx" was obtained from Wikimedia Commons and used via CC BY-SA 3.0 license.
Michale Graves image by Gaudencio Garcinuño was obtained from Wikimedia Commons and used by CC BY-SA 2.0 license.
Image of Zach Foster with Jerry Only is the property of the brilliant, prodigious, humanistic visionary who authored this article. Ya hear that? It's my pic. Mine mine mine mine mine!