“Horror XMas” by Misfits

Artist: Misfits
Title: “Horror Xmas”
Label: Misfits Records
Release Date: 12/3/13
Genre: Horror Punk
Rating: 4/5

I have to admit that I was sad to have missed out on this particular holiday horror treat when it first fell off of Santa’s musical sleigh but I don’t think the readers will mind me unwrapping it for their edification on this Christmas Eve of 2015. The three track EP by the legendary Misfits is a fun filled stocking stuffer that delivers a quick ride down the chimney and back with punked up versions of songs like the theme from “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” in its “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch”. As it played I was amazed at just how many lines of that classic cartoon that I knew. I guess it worked when they aired it and influenced my young mind so many years ago. The “Island Of Misfit Toys” is a new original that owes a little bit to the Rankin Bass cartoon “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and their own Island Of Misfit Toys. The song is driving and very melodic and showcases a different side of The Misfits that might appease listeners based on its difference. It all closes out with a favorite tune of mine with “Blue Christmas” which was famously sung by Elvis Presley and an unnamed little girl in “The Year Without A Santa Claus” cartoon special.

This really has a lot of 50’s and 60’s era vibe in the melodies which is something we all know that Jerry Only is rather fond of so it doesn’t surprise me that he is showcasing more tunes with this sound. I loved this EP and it’s a definite recommendation for Misfits fans and those who like their favorite bands doing this kind of stuff. Now it’s time for me to find a little egg nog and see what channels might be showing these specials that inspired these tunes. Merry Christmas.

Track Listing:
1. You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
2. Island Of Misfit Toys
3. Blue Christmas

Official Website: http://www.misfits.com

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