Formed in 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, by Glenn Danzig.
The group was named after actress Marilyn Monroe's final film, The Misfits (1961).
"Jerry Only" it's a pseudonym because his surname (Caiafa) was misspelled on the record's sleeve.
He insisted that in the future be credited as "Jerry, only Jerry".
In June 1978, the band released four of the songs on their own label "Plan 9 Records".
In 1980 Jerry's brother - Doyle - made his debut with the Misfits at their Halloween performance at Irving Plaza in New York City.
Doyle and Only worked full-time at their father's machine shop, earning money to purchase new instruments and fund the band's tours.
Danzig wrote "London Dungeon" in jail in Brixton, where he spent two nights after a fight with skinheads.
On October 29, 1983 after their Halloween performance at Greystone Hall in Detroit, Danzing left the band.
The Misfits' logo was inspired by a poster for the 1946 film serial The Crimson Ghost.
In May of 2016, Danzig, Only, and Doyle announced that they would perform together for the first time in 33 years, under the name The Original Misfits.
The Misfits are also responsible for the rise of the subgenre known as horror punk.
Their songs were a cryptic mash of horror mythology, generally performed all in a row without a break for air.