But don't let the fear of turning into a goth kid stop you from checking out how insectoid nightmare "20 Eyes" plays like Kafka's Metamorphosis on an amphetamine rush. "I Turned Into a Martian" is a less successful exploration of the alienation themes from "Teenagers From Mars" (found on their first Collection), but the (pretty obvious) metaphor doesn't matter as much as the anger in Danzig's voice. "Hatebreeders," on the other hand ponders the handed-down legacy of intolerance over a beat encouraging you to jump around punching strangers in the face.
"Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?" isn't so much creepy as it is an indicator that no matter how unhinged they sounded in the studio, the Misfits must've been a lot rougher live. "Night of the Living Dead," "Skulls," and "Astro Zombies" are great examples of the Misfits' most memorable trick â?? disguising death and dismemberment in a catchy golden-age rock 'n' roll beat. Somehow the Buddy Holly through a blown speaker bounce of "Zombies" softens the blow of Danzig's vow to "exterminate the whole human race." You've got the Misfits, to blame for a million shitty psychobilly bands, but it's amazing to me how well the originals still hold up.
It's also interesting to note that despite the Misfits reputation for violent and Satanic lyrics (other songs on other albums, JFK attack "Bullet" for example, are more gruesome) only two songs â?? "Mommy," with its oedipal strangeness, and "Skulls," from the point of view of a murderer collecting children's heads â?? feature violence that's anything but cartoonishly exaggerated. Decide for yourself below though, and let me know what other albums you'd like to talk about.
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