Friday, September 17, 2010

Review #157: Misfits - Cough/Cool (Single) (1977)


Year: 1977
Genre: Punk Rock
Label: Blank Records
Tracks: 2
Length: 3 Minutes
Style: Emotional
My Rating: 6/8

Okay, okay, so this is a band called "the Misfits". You've probably never heard of them. Ever. And you've probably not even thought that it was physically possible to have seen their 'Misfits Fiend' logo on some kid's t-shirt or tattoo, 'cuz you didn't know that THOSE things existed either!!!! Well, here I'd just be bullshitting ya if I kept going on about THAT, so you probably know that the Misfits are one of the most famous punk rock bands of all time and a lot of people like them and yadda yadda yadda... well, I have not listened to much Misfits music personally. So when deciding to give 'em a try, I have started out with their first release, released very soon after the band first formed, earlier than most other bands in the "hardcore" circle. They weren't really that hardcore at this point, though. Mostly just regular punk in the vein of the Damned and such.

1. Cough/Cool
This one has a neat synth melody which starts out consisting of one note, but later other tones harmonize with it. It also has a really cool beat and Glenn Danzig's melodic vocals fill out the rest of the void. The melody at the end iz the best!

2. She
This one's uses guitars instead. It's a tad faster and heavier, and the singing here is really good, mostly in the first verse! This song's about Patty Hearst, that girl you've probably heard about in a few other songs, like Patti Smith's version of "Hey Joe" -- well, she was a rich grand-daughter of a publisher who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army to help them do their bidding and she robbed a bank at gunpoint and crazy shit like that. This is the song I like better.

Pretty decent start for the band or any band, really. With the Misfits being so famous, many of their fans probably haven't even heard these songs, so if you belong in that category, then I recommend this record to you. I like it. But, that's all I've got to say for now, so, see you l'ater.

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