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The Misfits: Project 1950Project 1950 (2003)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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So this appropriately shows up in my mailbox on Halloween. Since I'm quite sure that Rykodisc doesn't control CanadaPost I'll attribute this to a very fitting coincidence. Now I could make some sort of joke like "here's a band dressed up as the Misfits for Halloween" but the arguments on t.
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So this appropriately shows up in my mailbox on Halloween. Since I'm quite sure that Rykodisc doesn't control CanadaPost I'll attribute this to a very fitting coincidence.

Now I could make some sort of joke like "here's a band dressed up as the Misfits for Halloween" but the arguments on the merits of the Jerry Only fronted Misfits have been well stated and I have no new insight to add. Coupled with the fact that this is being promoted as a "Misfits-sideproject" instead of the Misfits-proper, we can put that point of contention aside. I'll instead judge this one on what it is: an album of light-hearted punk covers of classic 50s tunes. Think of it as "Jerry Only & The Gimmie Gimmies" and you'll get the picture.

Now here's the part of the review where I loose my punk rock credibility: Project 1950 isn't a bad record at all.

This year's model Misfits consists of original bassist Jerry Only, Ramones drummer Markey Ramone and Black Flag's Dez Cadena on guitar. Each member professes to adore the source material and it shows in the recording, which is as enthusiastic as one would hope despite some moments of muddy production. Of course, as these were classic and well-loved songs, there's not much risk of them not having that endearing quality. Tracks like "This Magic Moment" (Jay and the Americans), "Dream Lover" (Boddy Darin) and Richie Valens' "Donna" are all quite fun. Blondie's Jimmy Destrie adds keyboards to a few tracks on Project 1950 as well. Perhaps most surprising is the participation of 60s pop singer Ronnie Spector (aka Veronica Bennett of The Ronettes), she adds a good deal of authenticity to the project and her girl-group voice counter's Only's deep warble.

Packaging wise this is hands-down one of the better presentations this year. The edition of the album in my hands is in a transparent green jewel-case and features a bonus DVD with 10 videos. The 21-page booklet features testimonials from Jerry, Marky and Dez about the songs they covered, lyrics and other info. Particularly interesting is the 5-page music lesson by Jerry detailing the history of rock chord progressions from the 50s to the punk era.

So... here I am ducking rotten fruit thrown by the mob after praising something from the post-Danzig Misfits. Of course, it's easier when we have Marky and Dez here and the material is all based on classic, significant songs. Let's be clear: reforming the Misfits (under that name at least) was a bad idea and the albums released in the late 90s were awfully dubious. Yet despite the Misfits name on the cover, this is really has little to do with that band's legacy one way or another. This is essentially a capable punk band covering some great songs with lots of energy and passion. Despite any past history that's a lot of fun.

 

 
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Anonymous (May 18, 2006)

what can i say, i like the band whoever is singing.

Anonymous (May 13, 2006)

ya danzig is great but so is jerry ive liked everyone who has been the singer in the misfits

punksxe (May 1, 2006)

First off let me say that danzing is the man jerry is a cunt ass bitch. He is a rich ass fuck face who only cares about his god damn bank acount buy the collections 1 and 2 fuck off

punksxe (May 1, 2006)

First off let me say that danzing is the man jerry is a cunt ass bitch. He is a rich ass fuck face who only cares about his god damn bank acount buy the collections 1 and 2 fuck off

clash_city_rocker (April 30, 2006)

Well, the Misfits aren't the same without Glenn Danzig, and this album is not so good.

Anonymous (April 24, 2006)

"then why the fuck did they not recird it under a different name and avoid all the bad press"

Simple. They don't have to, and don't care what people think of it.

miff (April 1, 2006)

if it is " essentially a capable punk band covering some great songs with lots of energy and passion" then why the fuck did they not recird it under a different name and avoid all the bad press

Anonymous (April 7, 2005)

How can there even be a debate at all...

Danzig wrote all the songs, named the band, created the artwork.... The Misfits arent the Misfits without him in it.

And to the idiot who said that "since danzigs solo albums are so different then the Misfits, he must have not been soley responsible for the sound", that must be the dumbest shit ive ever read. Theres a little something called "moving on" that obviously Jerry Only knows very little about...

Gotta give Jerry credit though, he makes good money out on tour covering all the songs that Danzig wrote in the misfits...

Anonymous (January 16, 2005)

This is a MUST HAVE for any Misfits fan that likes oldies music too...
Jerry and the rest of the guys do a great job... ya gotta love Jerry's deep voice and sexyness...even at this old of an age he's still got it.... LOVE YA JERRY! GREAT ALBUM!
PROJECT 1950 ROX MY SOX!

Anonymous (September 4, 2004)

ok, i'll admit that i liked this album for what it was... a bunch of cover songs that the band felt like recording and releasing. its a side project and is put out by jerry under the misfits name for the obvious reasons.

and yes, all the danzig lovers and punk purists will hate it. they will always continue to say that danzig was the misfits,which isn't completely true. look to danzigs solo albums and how un-misfits like they are for proof. that's not to say that danzig era misfits was bad... hell, we all know how great it really was. but the second coming of the misfits was as good, just in different ways. musically they were definitely better as jerry and doyle both had time to really learn how to play their instruments well (which is probably very unpunk like of them).

this album is also completely different. in addition to jerry, it has dez from black flag (and other bands) and marky ramone from,well... the ramones. so its more a punk all star band and each member brings his particular style to the music. the three of them blend well and it sounds great. the songs are all classics so you can't say anything bad about them. usually i am not a big fan of covers records as i feel that they are usually an excuse for a band not to write new material of their own and this doesn't change my mind. yet, its a fun record and i have gone back to it from time to time. and the bonus dvd is pretty cool with the band playing outdoors with snowballs flying around. would have liked to see more of the footage and maybe their performance of some older songs but i realize this was all to really promote this cd and balzac.

and as a final thought for all of those that wish to slam on jerry for resurrecting the misfits and carrying them on in the fashion he chooses. its very punk of him to do so, because punk is about doing what you want with disregard to what the vast majority wants or thinks.

Budde_Boy (July 28, 2004)

Jerry should just realize, the misfits werent bout him. HE WAS THE FRIGGIN BASS PLAYER! Without the voice of Danzig and overall coolness of the original misfits, all u have is an average band hiding behind a name.

Anonymous (June 10, 2004)

Well, I liked this release.
Granted, it's not "the Misfits", but it's still a good release.
I know a lot of people hate the post Danzig-era Mistifts, but I have a feeling that virtually none of these people were even BORN at that time...they are just mad because they didn't get to see the original band.
I, being a good old 36, was around back then. I hate to tell you this folks, but as musicianship goes - the Graves-era Misfits is infinitely better as a group of musicians- Jerry and Doyle had over 10 years to really learn how to play - and they did a good job learning.

Not only do I like the post-Danzig Misfits, I like them BETTER. I like the campiness of it - there are too many musicians out there who take themselves too seriously....as a side note, I prefer Danzig on his own.

I wish that Doyle, Chud, and Graves would quit acting like babies, and get back together.

This CD contains some good renditions of 50's music. I grew up with 50's music in the house, and my dad (he was a teenager in the 50's) was always singing 50's music around the house, so I grew up with a love for certain music of that era.
So, even though this isn't "THE MISFITS" per se - it's still a great CD.

Tim

Anonymous (April 15, 2004)

sorry kids, but even though this topic is pretty old, i just read it today, and it really ticked me off about what some of you guys said. To make a long story of analyzing people and making fun of them short, I'll skip to the chase...
This album was good for what it was, a bunch of punk rock legends getting together and covering some classics in old punk rock fashion. If you think this 'demeans' punk rock or the misfits in any way, try listening to some old misfits, do you really think songs like "I turned into a martian" were any more intense or solemn? no, I think not. While it might not have been a great idea to dig up the misfits name again, it works as a "Misfits Side Project" because it has the same feel and energy, and of course, Mr. Only. If you're an 'elitist', go take your trendy ten dollar hair and leftover crack backpatch and go scream "anarchy in the uk" or "not my president" to some business men downtown. But if you're an appreciative music lover with a taste for the energy of punk rock, go give this album a listen.
toodles

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

ken, you are my hero. where have you been all these years?

--Cos

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

danzig should just turn his back on them the way he did punk and concentrate on the chicks and cash. Only is just a guy with a sense of fun and heart but that's not as cool as popularity and the whole devil thing Glenn's got.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

maybe danzig should tell the band to stop or else he rips all their heads off.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

Danzig is about power and has more money and popularity and therefore is better than misfits.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

Balzac is hilarious and Project 1950 is entertaing stuff that isn't too far a stretch from the 50's and early 60's elements the Misfits exploited since the band was named after a 50's flick and B-movies were a source of inspiration for them and hell that was the whole point of Danzigs Elvis routine. This isn't self important stuff, but it's a good time.

Anonymous (November 11, 2003)

Nah Danzig is too fucking pretentious to laugh. He has written off punk and all the fun elements that made the Misfits cool and sold more discs that way and yet punks worship him so maybe he is chuckling a little bit as he counts his cash.

kenfuggit (November 10, 2003)

....Balzac? Balzac Rules!

-Love Ken, (again)

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

And in the end, Danzig gets the last laugh.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

project 1950 an entertaining cd and obviously a labor of love so it's hard to dislike and exhiliratingly goofy. I personally am not anti-entertainment and think Only did a decent job of putting together an enjoyable package of fun fifties covers and some great clips on the DVD. I loved the snow balls and I agree with the guy who says Balzac dont seem to know English! LOL!!

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

I picked up Project 1950 and am having a blast! It aint Danzig so kissers of his gloomy black clad ass need not listen and pretentious purists punks can stay away, but lovers of a good time with a sense of humor should check this out! It is a FUN fuckin CD!

kenfuggit (November 10, 2003)

Essentially, yes. You should all pretty much know by now that I am an elitist asshole, who hates when the punk scene gets exploited and watered down by shit like this. Why dull the edge of what could be a useful tool for education and resistance by incorporating vomit like this and daring to call it punk?
Yeah, Danzig is old, but at least he had the balls to take on a new project (leaving the misfits and starting a new band) when Jerry Only and the rest of the reunionist punk-dipshits are too afraid of being janitors for the rest of their lives - so they continue to beat the one good thing they ever had going for them in the ground. And you kids just eat this shit up.
Why?

There are far too many better bands with new and interesting ideas out there. Stop supporting this junk.

-Ken

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

project 1950 is a good disc. the punk purists clique and danzig lickers will hate it but fuck em.

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

Anonymous (November 10, 2003)

Project 1950 is an entertaining CD which is sure to piss off self-righteous pricks too obsessed with 'integrity' and being elitist patch wearing members of the 'true' punk herd. It's un-cool to like this one since these guys are 'old', and not Danzig (as if he's not 'old'), etc. but if you dont give a fuck about apeasing the herd and are looking for a fun CD and DVD you might want to try this one.

kenfuggit (November 10, 2003)

Well now. mr. Only (real name Jerry Caifa) has decided to defile the name of a once-great punk band yet again. Sad. What no one in this "band" seems to understand is that the songs/bands they cover on this album are infinitely cooler than the non-misfits (or as I call them, the Miss-shits) could ever be. Seriously. Can anyone argue with a straight face that these washed-up geezers have anything in common with legends like Buddy Holly? No. And that goes fucking double for Marky Ramone. Eat a dick. Your solo band sucks my ass sideways. You can't even play the drums worth a shit. Dez can fuck off with his shitty black flag reunions too.

Why do old-school punk bands insist on ruining their legendary status by dragging on long after their time is over? Dead Kennedys? Discharge? Its pathetic. These bands will never again achieve 1/500th of their former passion and glory and only make me want to rip their faded patches off of my jacket. Its time for the punks to unite for a good cause and to forever preserve the memory of our favorite bands.

Just say no to reunion tours. Just say no to "New material". Brandon Cruz, Greg Ginn, Marky Ramone, EastBay Ray, Johnny Rotten, Jerry Only...you belong at the county fair along with REO Speedwagon. Just fucking Die.

Love, as always, Ken

Anonymous (November 9, 2003)

ouch

theycallmejesus (November 9, 2003)

i bought the album as a birthday present for my thirteen year old sister- trust me, it's age appropriate.

Anonymous (November 6, 2003)

This is the same crapy album all over again. Don't get me wrong. I think Misfits should quit now they should have quit it after the "American Psycho" album or called them self something els. More original.

notfeelingcreative (November 6, 2003)

I think people are missing the point. Yeah, they shouldn't call themselves "The Misfits" but by any other name this would be equally crappy!! Don't get me wronng every member of this band is fucking legend, but together they just sound bad!

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

who cares cares if they are the misfits or not? it has jerry only, dez, and marky ramone. thats pretty cool.

and this is a good record.

mikeinflames (November 5, 2003)

If they called the band anything other than "The Misfits" no one would have paid attention to the album. People would have just written it off as 3 wash out punks (because essentially that's what it is). Mr. Only is simply using the name "The Misfits" to try to sell records.

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

they would be cool if they weren't called the misfits

they should be called something else

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

i thought it was "up the irons!"

/maiden dork

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

oi oi oi up the punx!!!

Anonymous (November 5, 2003)

I actually like this. Diana, Donna, This Magic Moment, and monster Mash are all pretty cool

notfeelingcreative (November 5, 2003)

I like Graves better without the Misfits and the Misfits better with Glenn. Graves has a new band (without chud) called Gotham Road, they sound alright. www.gothamroad.com

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

man, i hate punks.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

P.S. You forgot to mention that the cover art is terrible.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

I LOVE Graves-era Misfits. He has an awesome voice, and as cheesy B-movie/Halloweenish their 2 albums were, they were solid, well-written, catchy and incredibly energetic. Kind of an insult to the image that the original Misfits strove for (raping dead bodies, killing babies, etc.), but great in its own right.

For those confused about the post-Danzig lineup changes... Graves and Chud both left at the same time, for whatever melodramatic soap-opera reason they had (someone said something to someone, I don't remember exactly), and left Doyle and Jerry alone. They got temporary drummers to play with them, and tried to find a new singer. Zoli from Ignite filled in for a short period, and then Jerry said fuck it and decided to take over on vocals himself, apparently temporarily forgetting that he had a terrible voice. Doyle, possibly realizing the Misfits were dead, left pretty soonafter. Then Jerry found two other old guys to play with him, and started playing really bad music under the moniker Misfits. Then the entire world started booing them and laughing at them, but they refused to give up even though no one liked them.

T h e E n d

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

This is so bad I want to donkey-punch myself. I love the 50's and I love pre-1983 Misfits, but together, this just equals crap. Anyways, to beat that dead horse some more, THIS IS NOT THE MISFITS. Jerry, please, we beg you, just give it up, while you still have some pride. Just let all the money you make off merchandising the hell out of the misfits name be enough, and just go. Please.

notfeelingcreative (November 4, 2003)

Blech, they shouldnt call themselves the "misfits" anymore!

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

worst lop of shit I've ever heard. No, REALLY.

--Cos

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

got a question. was doyle also around during the graves era? and what do you guys think of doyle as a guitar player?

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Danzig was the misfits, all they did when they got Graves was find a guy who kinda sung like Danzig, and he did a horrible job too.

My friend bought this album, i didn't like it too much.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

to the guy asking about doyle. i belive he left the band because he wnated to spend more time with his family.

skankin_in_the_pit (November 4, 2003)

I bought this because borders was selling it for $9.99. I like it.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Moooooother
Tell your children not to walk my way
Tell your children not to hear my words

mikeinflames (November 4, 2003)

This album is medicore at best. And for real, don't call yourselves the Misfits. Because YOU AREN'T!

boldredletters (November 4, 2003)

Regardless of how good an album this is, there is absolutely no reason for this band to call themselves "The Misfits." In doing so, Jerry Only is arrogantly claiming all of the bands work under that title as his own. Change you fucking name, guys.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Graves era Misfits is better PERIOD!! I wish everyone would stop praising Danzig like he invented punk rock..Danzig was a great presence and singer, but as far as the music, Graves era totally wipes out the older Misfits.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

what ever happened to doyle?

skajester (November 4, 2003)

I'll second the "Come A Little Bit Closer" vote. There's something about that song that borders on obscene catchiness.

TheOneTrueBill (November 4, 2003)

I listened to the first few minutes of this in a borders one day and walked away disgusted.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Ronnie Spector rules. Her vocal style was a big inspiration to some of the more melodic Misfits material. Listen to some of the old shit from the Ronettes and you'll totally hear it. Might check this out now...

aubin (November 4, 2003)

Don't feel too bad Adam, it's not a bad record. The 50s produced some amazing rock'n'roll, and I know that it's thanks to those bands that we got bands like the Clash. Buddy Holly is still cool; geek rock before they had a term for it.

As for the Misfits, I guess these guys are used to "covering" other people's songs. They've been covering Danzig's for the past decade.

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

I agree with Adam, not a bad album at all. Only's voice is actually kinda catchy once you get used to it. Got to say I hate the female backing vocals though, her voice is just flat out annoying.

...evildeadalive

ps - I liked the Graves era Misfits, albeit nowhere near as much as Danzig days, but that's a given...

Anonymous (November 4, 2003)

Should have covered "Come a Little Bit Closer" instead of "This Magic Moment" (which is a Drifters cover anyway).

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