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Review of The Misfits - Static Age.
Recorded in February 1978 but not released fully until 1997, Static Age was the first album by American Punk/Horror band The Misfits. The line up was Glenn Danzig on vocals, Franché Coma on guitar, Jerry Only on bass and Mr. Jim on drums. The album was produced by Dave Achelis.
The tracks We Are 138, Attitude, Bullet and Hollywood Babylon were released on the Bullet single in 1978 and then re released in 1980 with a remixed version of Last Caress on the Beware EP.
A live version of We Are 138 can be found on the Evilive EP which was released in 1982.
Between 1983 and 1995 three compilation albums were released containing 16 of the songs from the album.
In 1997 the full album was released including In the Doorway which had never before been released on any of the compilations.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Static Age
2. TV Casualty
3. Some Kinda Hate
4. Last Caress
5. Return of the Fly
6. Hybrid Moments
7. We Are 138
8. Teenagers from Mars
9. Come Back
11. Hollywood Babylon
14. Theme for a Jackal
16. Spinal Remains
17. In the Doorway
Track 18. Consists of outtakes and 'studio banter'
Track 19. Is a blank track.
A lot of the songs on the album are related to horror movies, such as Return of the Fly. Bullet is about the Kennedy assassination and has hateful and sexually explicit lyrics aimed at John F. Kennedys wife, Jacqueline Kennedy.
The album in my opinion features the bands best and most important songs. It has been extremely influential on modern rock music with bands such as Green Day covering Hybrid Moments, Metallica covering Last Caress and Volbeat covering Angelfuck just to name a few.
I would recommend this album to any punk rock or rock music fan.
This is without doubt my favourite album of all time.
Static Age is the early work of The Misfits and an album that was originally recorded in 1977, unfortunately the band couldn't find a record label who were interested and released 4 of the tracks on a single, by the time Glenn Danzig got his own label together though the band had already recruited two new members and changed their lyrics to focus totally on their brand of horror punk!
Static Age is a bit raw, the majority of songs being short bursts of fastastic (fast and fantastic like cheesy peas!) punk in a Ramones style but there are several songs featuring Glenn's later trademark Morrisonesque vocals and extremely heavy bass lines that sound like The Stranglers. Topics tend to range from martians to assassinations but The Misfits are often overlooked as good social commentators on this album. They mention various historical incidents in their tracks as well as people's attitudes on TV and love amongst other things.
This album was eventually worked on in the 80s and finally released in its entirety towards the end of the 90s, it's an essential album for a Misfits fan and whilst nowhere near as catchy as Walk Among Us, it's got some very important tracks on.
1. "Static Age" - 1:47
2. "TV Casualty" - 2:24
3. "Some Kinda Hate" - 2:02
4. "Last Caress" - 1:57
5. "Return of the Fly" - 1:37
6. "Hybrid Moments" - 1:42
7. "We Are 138" - 1:41
8. "Teenagers from Mars" - 2:51
9. "Come Back" - 5:00
10. "Angelfuck" - 1:38
11. "Hollywood Babylon" - 2:20
12. "Attitude" - 1:31
13. "Bullet" - 1:38
14. "Theme for a Jackal" - 2:41
15. "She" - 1:24
16. "Spinal Remains" - 1:27
17. "In the Doorway" - 1:25
18. unlisted track of studio banter and outtakes - 8:43
19. unlisted blank track - 0:06