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8. The Misfits

They took their name from a Marilyn Monroe movie, but it was horror movies and aggressive punk rock that inspired Glenn Danzig to form the Misfits in 1977. They seemed designed to shock parents, with lyrics about brutal murder and songs played at speeds that would probably have stunned even the Ramones. The group was so shocking that no record company agreed to release their first two albums, and they didn't manage to get an LP in stores until 1982's Walk Among Us. By that point, Danzig already had his eyes on a solo career and the band split up the following year. Within a few years, bands like Metallica and Guns N' Roses started citing them as an influence and the legends of the Misfits grew. A Danzig-free line-up of the band hit the road in 1995 and have been touring ever since. 

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