When “Walk Among Us” debuted in 1982, American anxieties over nuclear war, drugs, violence and poverty were at all-time highs. Through tongue-in-cheek Ted Bundy and 1950s horror references, The Misfits were able to distill this mood in America with fast, catchy punk riffs. They embraced campy costumes akin to kiss, Ramone-esque shout-along style anthems and pop culture, creating a lot of friction in the punk scene that stood staunchly against much of that. Hardcore was taking shape and rather than being bluntly political in their lyrics like every other band, The Misfits did their own thing, striking a divide that would help inspire future genres like metal, grunge and pop-punk.
Punk is for misfits, and the Misfits define punk. Or at least a particular punk aesthetic, with their B-film horror movie makeup and costumes to their iconic “crimson ghost” skull. The New Jersey band would become synonymous with Halloween and general teenage high-jinks after dark. The evil Elvis himself, Glenn Danzig also contributed to the band's iconic sound with his mumbly, sometimes slurred vocals. Perhaps one of the most legally troubled bans ever, Misfits’ history is as rough as their recordings, but as the lord intended, the band has healed and can shout “I ain’t no goddamn son of bitch,” until they croak.