The Resurrection Of The Misfits

Don't mess with The Misfits.

Realizing that 135,000 misfits can't be wrong (the number of fans who either

bought copies of the band's coffin-shaped greatest-hits package, or the single

CD Collection 2), the Misfits recently entombed themselves in a New York

studio to record their first album of all-new material in over ten years.

Produced by longtime Ramones collaborator Daniel Raye, the album,

tentatively-titled Misfits (April 8), will be the band's first for

Geffen Records and will feature two original members Jerry Only (bass) and his

brother Doyle (guitar), plus drummer Dr. Chud and front-man Michael Graves, who

replaces original singer Glenn Danzig.

Raye said the new songs, 23 of

which have been recorded in a New York studio over the past two months, are in

the "same twisted vein as the original Misfits stuff." About his maiden voyage

with the band that launched the career of the now, ahem, pumped-up industrial

rocker Danzig, Raye said, "It's the first time I've worked with them, but it's

been really amazing, because they're one of my favorite bands and they sound

better than ever." Raye expects at least 20 of the songs will end up on the

album since "they're all only about a minute and a half long."

Some song

titles so far include "Speak of the Devil," "The Hunger," "From Hell They

Came," "Dig Up Her Bones," "Don't Open Til Doomsday," "Hate the Living, Love

the Dead" and "Resurrection." The current line-up's maiden show took place at

Coney Island High in New York on Halloween of 1995.