Static Ageby Misfits
Recorded thanks to some studio time received in exchange for giving up an early label name claimed by another company, though unreleased in its original form until its appearance on Box Set, Static Age shows that early on the Misfits' particular vision was strong enough to last over a full-vinyl set. "Full" being relative, admittedly; like the band's other few full-length efforts, Static Age barely cracks the half-hour mark, packing in 14 songs (plus a brief crackle of, naturally, static at the start and finish). Everyone in the band as they stood at the time just smokes; the recording quality is raw and strong, and those qualities which helped the Misfits stand out from the pack, especially Danzig's amazing singing and Franche Coma's fierce guitar takes on the singer's melodies, are on fine display. There's a fair amount of clangor and mess, to be sure, but it all sounds perfectly intentional, capturing a blend of punk mess, horror theatrics, and wicked humor that was theirs alone. Classics abound: "TV Casualty," with its blatant I Love Lucy end sample, the ridiculously entertaining sex fantasy "Teenagers From Mars," the perfectly pissed off "Attitude," and the crashed thrashers "We Are 138" and "Return of the Fly." Then there's the brilliant "Last Caress," cartoon criminal punk idiocy turned into singalong madness later made famous by Misfits fanatics Metallica. Given how many tracks slipped out here and there over time on the various overlapping compilations, hardcore fans will find this a bit redundant in the end, but newcomers to the group will find this essential. Discographical matters got even more confused in later years when Static Age was issued as a stand-alone effort with three more songs appended from the sessions, including "Spinal Remains" and a re-recording of "She."
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Performance CreditsMisfits Primary Artist
Glenn Danzig Vocals
Jerry Only Bass
Franche Coma Guitar
Technical CreditsTom Bejgrowicz Producer
Dave Achelis Producer,Engineer
Steve Zing Memorabilia
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This album was the first attempt from the Misfits to gain access to a major label. It's obvious to any listener that the band had already honed it's craft at the time of the recording. The songs are short and to the point, and the point is mostly abrasive. Especially in the case of songs like "Bullet," "Spinal Remains," "Attitude," and "Teenagers From Mars." This album also includes the re-recording of the Patty Hearst inspired "She," which has guitar in place of Glenn's electric piano. The most special aspect to this album is it's quality to be real. There are no studio tricks, over-production, and hardly ANY overdubs. The songs were recorded Studio Live with the band playing all at once. Brilliant! When releasing this album in it's entirety, the band stumbled upon "In The Doorway." A track left sitting on the shelf and unreleased, unmixed, unmastered, and UNHEARD until now! The Misfits have always had A trick up their sleeves and Static Age is just one more.
To all the new buyers of this album, it rocks!!! I am a big Misfits fan and I found this CD to be a great collection of their unique punk rock songs. It rules! It is a must have if you are any fan of the Misfits. It contains most of their good songs that are populare. Satisfaction garunteed. I swear, you won't be sorry when you recieve this album in the mail. THE STATIC AGE IS HERE!
i love the Misfits and this is defenitly one of my top favorite albums they have done. i recomend them to any true, pure blood punkers. No more of that Good Charlette and Simple Plan bull.
More fit's for everybody to hear. That's what this world needs now is alot more Misfits.
This is the first Misfits record and the record that started it all for so many punk bands to come. Glenn Danzig's lyrics and music are brilliant and extremely catchy. I recommend this to everyone.