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Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Misfits - Black Christmas & The Perfect Crime 7"

Personally, since I was about about 13 years old, no Halloween has been complete without rockin' out to The Misfits. As anyone who is a fan knows, though, most bootleg live shows from the early years are less than perfect. They usually feature the worst sound quality possible and sometimes even worse performances complete with out of tune guitars and sparse lyrics (due to Danzig concentrating on the show rather than the song). That's why I've selected these two "releases" to share for the Great Halloween Countdown here on Digital Meltd0wn.

The first is called "Black Christmas" and was recorded somewhere in New Jersey, probably around the time that "Walk Among Us" was set to come out. Surprisingly, the band is pretty tight here even there there are moments where the guitars get out of tune. Sound quality is decent and the show is fucking amazing! Also, you can't beat the onstage banter including, incidentally, such quotes as "Fucking guitars...they don't make 'em like they used to". The set list of 13 songs includes a few from "Walk Among Us" but is mostly dominated by earlier tunes that somehow keep their melodies amongst the chaos of the show. The version of "Teenagers From Mars" even features a vindictive lyric change in order to diss Bobby Steele, who had recently left the band as the guitarist to be replaced by Doyle. After subjecting myself to years of these live boots, this one stands out as one of the best from that era and I it's suitable for all your Halloween mischief needs.

1. Halloween
2. 20 Eyes
3. I Turned Into A Martian
4. Horror Business
5. Vampira
6. Mommy, Can I Go Out And Kill Tonight?
7. London Dungeon
8. Attitude
9. Teenagers From Mars
10. Night Of The Living Dead
11. All Hell Breaks Loose
12. Hatebreeders
13. Bullet

Download "Black Christmas"

The second jewel of Misfits bootleg-land here is, quite possibly, the best one I've come across. "The Perfect Crime" is a three song 7-inch recorded live in 1979 and, I believe, features the aforementioned Bobby Steele on guitar. Sound quality is a little less great than "Black Christmas" but the band is much tighter and the songs retain the feel of the official recordings even better.

1. Horror Business
2. Teenagers From Mars
3. Children In Heat

Download "The Perfect Crime"


The Hamzinger said...

OUTSTANDING shares - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Blackristmas album, but it seems like this is only half of the setlist. Any chance of upping the other half?