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Q: Misfits or Black Flag?
A: This is a good question, because one could argue that both bands, in the wake of excellent and perhaps even legendary initial incarnations, have tarnished their legacies with lineup changes, ill-fated reunions, and subpar recorded output.
While Black Flag have some of the best punk records EVER in their discography like Damaged and My War -- and are maybe the only punk band to ever release good-to-great material with three different vocalists -- Greg Ginn's reputation has, in my opinion, grown to overshadow his initial genius.
Meanwhile, the Danzig-era Misfits are arguably the coolest and most fun punk band of all time. Both bands have a bunch of classic tunes in their respective catalogues, but those old Misfits songs I think have held up better, maybe because the silliness of their subject matter has, somewhat ironically, rendered those songs more timeless.
And while most would agree that the Jerry Only-led Misfits aren't that good, it's basically a different band from the Danzig era and should be recognized as such. With Ginn still the driving creative force behind Black Flag, the band's latter-era output is still tied to him unlike with Danzig and Misfits.
Misfits by 0.5 skulls.
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