Former MISFITS guitarist Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein recently spoke to the Phoenix New Times about how he and other artists have been affected by illegal music downloading.
Asked what he thinks has been one of the most positive changes about the music industry since he started out in the MISFITS in 1980, when he was only 16, Doyle said: "Positive... it's usually negative. Umm... positive things. That I don't know. But I can tell you the most negative thing: People stealing music online. They don't understand that if they steal a band's music, one of those guys have to go get another regular job and they can't make more music for you. So you pay for it. It's like, if you own a motorcycle company and I went and took a bike, that's a crime, you know? Right? I pay for all my music."
He continued: "Everybody has [been affected a lot by illegal music downloading]. Especially the smaller bands and artists, they suffer the most. It's not like [LED] ZEPPELIN and huge acts that don't really get affected.
"You know, everyone got so mad when [METALLICA's] Lars [Ulrich] went to sue Napster and everyone was, like., 'What the fuck?' It's, like, what do you mean what the fuck? He doesn't need the money, but everybody else does!
"It's hard, man. You wouldn't believe how many huge musicians that are popular have regular jobs…
"I wish he would do it again, but sue the whole Internet and fix it so nobody can. And with movies too, it's ridiculous. It costs so much money to make a record! Especially for people like me, I funded the whole record. I did it all out of pocket, bought all the gear and did it all ourselves. That's expensive on its own."
Doyle's new album, "Abominator", was made available worldwide on iTunes and all digital music services on July 30.
The effort, which has been called "perhaps the best MISFITS-related record in over a decade," also features Alex Story (CANCERSLUG) on vocals, "Left-Hand" Graham on bass and Dr. Chud (MISFITS) on drums.