Bitter Rivals

Episode 178: The Misfits – Crimson Cooter

This episode is not for the Misfits fans out there. We take a long time to look at the story of this cult classic horror/punk band and we didn’t come up with a lot of proud moments for these dudes. For what it’s worth, this band was only active for about 6 years and didn’t even gain popularity until after their breakup. And yet, they are still talked about today. Though usually for the wrong reasons. Listeners may agree with our sentiments or find we’re totally out of bounds, but either way, the tale is an adventure.

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Comments (3)

  1. If I may try…

    First of all, Danzig as a person started off bad enough and only got worse, eventually ending up a Pizzagate-believin’ grandpa. Nothing to add there.


    For a very long time, he had an extraordinary songwriting ability, could write an indelible vocal melody in his sleep and had a good ear for a good guitar riff, which only led him to work with better and more skilled players as he moved along. AND he had amazing voice.

    Funny how he lost both around the same time in the mid-90s.

    So yeah, I’m not going to go to bat for him as a person, but I gotta put a word in for my fellow Misfits/Samhain/Danzig fans. Most of us are not here for the rape and the misogyny.

    Also, curiously enough, nearly everyone I’ve met who’s into this music is also on the opposite end of the spectrum from the dude in terms of political and social issues. I don’t know what to make of that, but I’m happy for it anyway.

    He’s contemptible, but I don’t think the music’s reducible to his ugly personality.

    Take care and keep up the good work (and have a happy Halloween season),

    • That’s totally valid. We know a few Misfits fans and they are definitely nothing like the band members so the ability to separate the artist from the art is there. There is value in their work, it has influenced others, it’s just not enough for us to personally go to bat for. But again, respect for anyone who does like it.

      Thanks for telling us your side, Alex. And thanks for listening!

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