Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review #208: Misfits - Walk Among Us (1982)

WALK AMONG US

Year: 1982
Genre:
Hardcore Punk
Label:
Ruby Records
Tracks:
13
Length: 24 Minutes
My Rating:
7/8

THE MISFITS were a band of PSYCHOLOGICALLY DISTURBED INDIVIDUALS WHO DID NOT FIT IN. THEY WERE MISFITS. SO THEY DID WHAT ALL SOCIAL OUTCASTS DID AND STARTED A BAND AS A WAY TO COMPLAIN ABOUT BEING SOCIAL OUTCASTS WHILE GAINING THE FAVOR OF PEOPLE WHO ENJOYED THE SOUNDS OF THEIR MUSIC. ACTUALLY, THIS IS NOT REALLY ENTIRELY TRUE. BUTT I COULD BE WRONG.

Anyways, when the Missy-Fits started out they were more of a regular punk band in the '70s, and their songs were slower and they used keyboards and stuff like that. They made various EPs after their first single in 1977, but by the time they got to their first album, which came out only a year before they broke up, they had transitioned to a faster, hardcore punk sound. And I haven't really listened to this entire album prior to this review, so lettuce listen to this record and CELEBRATE THE CELEBERELERALAL MAYHEM BECAUSE YOU SUCK KAWK!!!

Nah, not really. I'm just saying that. But what the fuck, it's about time for ANOTHER REVIEW, iz it not??

1. 20 Eyes
The verse riff is only two chords, but it sounds good. Glen Danzig has a singing voice that sounds "good" in a technical way but also pretty ragged as well. The beat reminds me to the beat of a later GERMZ song. Anyways, this song's about having twenty eyes looking at you and they look exactly the same BECAUSE THERE ARE SO FUCKING MANY OF THEM... WHY??!! WHAT? WHAT? THESE EYES ARE IN YOUR HEAD? YOU HAVE EYES INSIDE OF YOUR HEAD? THAT MEANS YOU CAN SEE YOUR BRAIN FROM THE INSIDE OF YOUR HEAD... WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE WHEN YOU THINK, MY GOOD SIR?

2. I Turned Into a Martian
A lot of "whoa-oah-oaah"s in the chorus of this song. The riff is good, the beat kicks ass, the singing is pretty good. Why or how somebody turns into a martian confuses me, though. Like, if you're a martian, doesn't that mean that you are from Mars? So, did Glen move to Mars AND THEN come back to Earth afterwards and start killin' everyone?

3. All Hell Breaks Loose
This song turns up the speed a notch or two. I guess a lot of these Misfits songs are supposed to be about old horror movies or something. I'm not sure if I've seen whatever one this one's about. They need to make a song about Giant Spider Attack. That was a pretty cool old movie. I like the chorus part. YEAH MY WHOLE WORLD IZ BREAKIN' LOOSE! YAY FOR FASTNESS! YAEY FOR PUNK! YAEEY FOR THIS SONG!

4. Vampira
The guitars sound cool. I'm pretty sure there's two guitarists in this band. It has a real cool sound to it. Nice riff. FUCKFUCKFUCK!! I think it's supposed to be about a vampire chick who seduces men and then DRINKS THEIR BLOOD AND FUCKS THEM IN WHATEVER HOLE SHE SUCKED BLOOD OUT OF... WITH A STRAP-ON, KIDDIES!

5. Nike-A-Go-Go
Nike... like, the shoe brand? The guitar riff does indeed fucking rule. YES! This song's got a ton of energy and intensity to it. The drumming is great, the guitars have a real hard, enveloping atmosphere about them. Go dance to this song and then get on yer motorcycle and listen to this song again as you ride away from a mushroom cloud, dude.

6. Hatebreeders
A lot of melodic-sort-of-chorus-vocals-and-stuff-like-that.-Well,-this-song-is-pretty-alright.-It's-a-little-slower-but-still-pretty-good. And this song has a guitar solo too. A very simple one, but a solo nonetheless.

7. Mommy, Can I Go Out & Kill Tonight?
This song was recorded at a live concert. It's a similar tempo to the previous song. The singing here sounds more ragged than in the studio tracks. MOMMY? CAN I GO OUT AND KILLTONIGHT? THE SECOND PART OF THE SONG IS REALLY FAST AND HARD! THE SINGING IS REALLY FAST JUST LIKE THE MUSIC! IT SOUNDS AWESOME. I'd love to imagine how hard the kids were slamming at this part. This is the fastest moment of the album I've heard so far. The song's lyrics are about a kid who goes out, kills all the people he meets, but keeps their body parts as "souveniers". The song fades out during a slower part and Side A ends here.

8. Night of the Living Dead
Now on to SIDE B. IT IZ TIME... TO WITNESS WITH THINE EARZ... ZE NEIGHT OF ZE LEEVING DADE. The riff is kind of crunchy in the beginning and you hear a bunch of group-shouted OH-OH-WHOA sort of chorus vocals. The melody of the song is really upbeat. 'Cuz these guys are just sort of a GOODTIMES BAND, y'know? This song's about zombies cumming to life and JIZZING ALL OVER YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN -- no, not really, it's about a group of doctors and lawyers who are accidentally spilling their really hot tea on everybody and giving them 1st-degree burns. I mean, that tea was REALLY HOT!

9. Skull
I wonder how the hell he can sing "I NEED YOUR SKULL" so beautifully. It really does sound good, and Glen can sing very good. The lyrics describe collecting dead body parts, hanging them up in yer room and bathing in blood. Sounds kinda religious. Good song.

10. Violent World
This song's just got that kind of riff that I love to hear. The verse riff. I like it. I like how the chorus riff changes in about the second or third chorus part. VIOLENT WORLD! YA HEAR THAT, DAD???!!! The world is really violent. Hasn't it always been?

11. Devil's Whorehouse
WELCOME TO THE DEVIL'S WHOREHOUSE! A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN HAVE SEX WITH THE DEVIL FOR ONLY $69 A MONTH... NO, ONLY $68 AND YOU CAN ALSO GET THE NEW OLD MISFITS ALBUM WITH YOUR SATANIC FUCKFEST... WHAT A SURPRISE, KIDDIES!!!! Mr. Danzig goes to the Devil's Whorehouse and gets whipped like a good little boy by SATAN'S SLUTS! I swear I'm hearing whip sounds in the background... are those whips?

12. Astro Zombies
Now we've even got ZOMBIES IN SPACE! It sounds pretty happy.

13. Braineaters
Time to EAT YER BRAINS, KIDS!! This is the shortest song, because it's hardly even a minute long. It's about eating brains for every meal and eating brains all of the time. I'd imagine this is how zombies complain. And that this is what it sounds like. I bet my friend from art class listens to this song every day... fucking brain-eater. She rocks.

So, THAT IS "WHALK AMUNGTH UTH" by THE MITHFITTH ITH A PRJSFDSI it's a pretty good album and I'd never heard the whole thing before, but I am quite impressed. It did naught let me dawn. And by that, I mean, "WELL JESUS, I GUESS WE'RE JUST GUNNA HAVE TO GO AHEAD TO THE NEXT SENTENCE, NOW WOULDN'T WE?". Don't be fooled by the massive amount of emo kids who wear Misfits t-shirts -- that might turn some off to the band, including the "hardcorest" of punks, but the band really does deserve their fame, and when you get famous then sometimes lame people will start liking you too. But that's fine. Anyways, the songwriting, the instruments, the singing, the lyrics, it's all real good and you should listen to this album or else THE MISFITS WILL COME TO YOUR HOUSE AND KILL YOU IN A CANNIBALISTIC BLOOD ORGY. Hah. FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY! WHADDAWHADDAWHADDA... huh. Heh. Ho ho ho. Heeh. Huh. Hoo. Ha. Hah. Uh. UUhh. UGGhghghH. UAARRRUUUGUGHGHHGHG HOLY SHIT I'M MUTATING INTO A GIANT MONSTER I HAVE TO GO QUICK AND GO KILL EVERYONE SO GOODBYE NOW!!!!!!!!!













































(have a wonderful day, children.)

Top 3 Favorites:
1.
Skulls
2.
All Hell Breaks Loose
3. Nike-A-Go-Go



2 comments:

  1. Damn emos! They ruin everything! Still, Misfits are cool.

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  2. If I may clear up some of the meanings behind the songs:
    1. 20 eyes - Refers to the 1950s movie "The Fly"
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fly_%281958_film%29
    2. Turned into a Martian - Again, B-movie inspired, but simply refers to growing up and feeling alien in the world. This might not make as much sense today, but previous to the 90s, you were expected to behave in a very ridged manor by parents/peers.
    3. Hell Breaks Loose - This is just goth-punk mosh-pit imagery. No deep message, yet still my favorite Misfits tune.
    4. Vampira - Before Elvira, there was Vampira.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maila_Nurmi
    This song refers to her in the movie "Plan 9 from Outer Space"
    5. Nike-A-Go-Go - Refers to the both the Greek goddess Nike, and Nike missile system.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nike_%28mythology%29
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Nike
    7. Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight? - A warning that even the most milquetoast nerd can snap and become a killer is pushed too far.
    13. Braineaters - Hilarious song. It is as teenage zombies are sitting at the dinner table complaining "Awww, mom, brains AGAIN?!" A great comedic cap to a great album.

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