MISFITS will release "Misfits Project 1950" on July 28 through Misfits Records in association with Rykodisc. Founding member Jerry Only has recruited Marky Ramone and former BLACK FLAG guitarist Dez Cadena on an album full of classic 1950s hits, including "Donna" by Richie Valens. 1960's pop-rock icon Ronnie Spector known for the classic hits "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You", lends her inimitable vocals to "This Magic Moment" and "You Belong to Me". Jimmy Destri of BLONDIE contributes his expertise on keyboards for the cuts "Runaway" and "Great Balls of Fire". Also featured is long time MISFITS collaborator John Cafiero (of the upcoming Misfits Records release "Osaka Popstar and the American Legends of Punk") contributing melodic punk-pop backing vocals to "Dream Lover", "Monster Mash" and "Runaway". Ed Manion, who has performed with a wide variety of artists, including Del Shannon, provides saxophone for "Diana" and "Runaway". Download an MP3 clip of "Runaway" at this location.
Says Only: "The background of punk has always been the three-chord progression which was ultimately inspired by classic rock and roll of the 1950s. I've always wanted to record some of the music that inspired the MISFITS to show fiends where it all began. With this album, I will."
"Misfits Project 1950" comes complete with a 24-page booklet of extensive liner notes, personal quotes on the project from each Jerry, Marky and Dez and even a music lesson 101 section from Jerry Only entitled "Rock and Roll DNA" which explains in great detail (charts and all!) Only's musical theory of punk rock evolution through 50's chord progressions. The booklet features a wide variety of all new cartoon art created specifically for this release by artist Tony Squindo, well known for his caricatures of METALLICA among others. The limited edition will come in a dual jewel case containing a bonus DVD featuring 10 songs with live performances shot in March 2003 at the Phillips U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, the 2002 NYC Halloween show, bonus videos of the MISFITS and BALZAC performing together live in Japan and more eye-candy exclusive to this release!