The Misfits "Collection 2"
The real reason for the Misfits' prolonged life-after-death is that underneath the three-chord bluster, campy imagery, and pancake makeup there are some great, catchy, pop-hook-driven tunes. Not to mention that no one can sing "whoaah-whoaaah-whoooooaaah!" like the Elvis-impersonating, golden-throated superboy Danzig. But even the most die-hard Misfits freak must surely tire of listening to version after version--7-inch take, live recording, previously unreleased demo--of two-minute punk songs like "We Are 138," "Rat Fink," "Halloween," and "Braineaters" off the bazillion bootlegs and dozen-plus authorized releases from this short-lived act. Collection II does compile some of the Misfits' most collectible vinyl artifacts, like the groovy "Cough/Cool" single. But it's recommended for fans only, who probably already own more than one copy. --Mike McGonigal