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|Birth name||Gerrard Caiafa|
April 21, 1959 |
Lodi, New Jersey
|Genres||Horror punk, punk rock, heavy metal|
|Occupations||Musician, singer, bassist|
|Instruments||Bass, vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Misfits, Osaka Popstar, Kryst The Conqueror, Balzac (band)|
|Custom Graphite Devastator Bass|
Jerry Only (born Gerrard Caiafa on April 21, 1959) is an American musician, well known as the bassist for the Misfits and later the vocalist as well. He is credited with creating the infamous hair style known as the devilock.
Jerry Only was Born in Lodi, New Jersey. Only joined Misfits in 1977, just a few months after receiving his first bass as a late Christmas present. He would work at his father's factory during the week to help finance the band and play shows on the weekend. This would go on for several years and the band split due to differences between lead singer Glenn Danzig and the rest of the band. During this downtime, Jerry and his brother Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (the guitarist for The Misfits) formed Kryst The Conqueror. In 1995, Jerry settled a legal battle out of court with co-founder Glenn Danzig, allowing him rights to The Misfits' name on a performing level, while they split the money on merchandising. He reformed the band with Doyle (who played guitar from 1980 to 1983), vocalist Michale Graves, and drummer Dr. Chud.
Chud and Graves left group in 2000 to form Graves. In reaction to the loss of members, Doyle left the Misfits. Graves, Doyle and Chud were replaced on the M25 tour by Dez Cadena, formerly of Black Flag and DC3 on guitar and Marky Ramone, formerly of The Ramones, on drums. Jerry took up the singing duties from this point till the present date. In early 2005, Marky left the group and Jerry brought in ex-Misfit and Black Flag drummer ROBO to rejoin the group. A new album was recorded in 2010 in Colorado entitled The Devil's Rain which was released in October 2011. A single, "Land of the Dead", was released at the mischief night show 2009 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.
In 2013 Only and the Misfits release a new album titles LIVE A.D. recorded live at several shows.
World Championship Wrestling
In 1999, Jerry, along with the rest of the then Misfits lineup, had a brief stint in World Championship Wrestling. Jerry Only himself participated in probably the most memorable match of the Misfits' time. Jerry was pitted against Dr. Death in a steel cage match. Only was dominated in the match but Death was distracted when the rest of the Misfits interfered and attacked his manager, pouring barbecue sauce in his eyes. Death proceeded to whip Only into the cage door which opened as Only spilled onto the floor and won the match due to "escaping" the cage first.
Only claims that he was one of the few people to see Sid Vicious the night he died. In 1979, he attended a party that Sid's mother threw for Sid when he was released on bail after an assault charge. Only said in an interview that he and Sid's mother made him dinner. Vicious died of a heroin overdose the next morning. Together with Sid's mother, he spread Sid's ashes on Nancy's grave, after Spungen's family refused to let his remains be buried next to hers.
On May 6, 2014, it was announced that Glenn Danzig had filed a lawsuit against Jerry Only claiming Only registered trademarks for everything Misfits-related in 2000 behind Danzig's back, misappropriating exclusive ownership over the trademarks for himself, including the band's iconic "Crimson Ghost" logo. Danzig claims that this violated a 1994 contract the two had. Danzig says that after registering the trademarks, Only secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers and cut him out of any potential profits in the process. He said that Only has purposefully led merchandisers, including Hot Topic, to believe that they are legally bound not to accept licenses to exploit the Marks from Danzig or his designees, and Only continues to do so. He said that through this, Only has caused merchandisers not to do business with him and it has deceived consumers as to the source of the merchandise which bore the trademarks. Danzig said a vast majority of the Misfits fans associate the trademarks with the 1977-1983 classic Misfits era when Danzig was the creative heart of the band and not with Only's imitation Misfits. Danzig feels that through false advertising and misrepresentations to merchandisers and consumers it has caused him to suffer damages in excess of $75,000.
Only plays a custom "Devastator" Bass made out of graphite; designed by his brother Doyle with an M like body and a cyclops skull on the headstock. The skull was originally sculpted from a monkey skull by Jerry and Doyle's Brother Ken "Rocky" Caiafa who was also the tour manager. The monkey skull was part of the Caiafa's vast skull collection. Jerry Only now casts and paints the skulls custom for each guitar. The Devastator has no tone or volume control knobs because he only plays it on full blast. From 1977-1983 he played a customized Rickenbacker 4001. Sometime after 1978, he replaced the two single coil pickups with two split-coil pickups and he would often recarve the body to make it look 'gothier', and would add decorations (such as winged skulls) onto the headstock.
- Static Age (1978)
- 12 Hits from Hell (1980)
- Walk Among Us (1982)
- Earth A.D./Wolfs Blood (1983)
- Evilive (1983)
- Legacy of Brutality (1985)
- Misfits (1986)
- Collection II (1995)
- American Psycho (1997)
- Evilive II (1998)
- Famous Monsters (1999)
- Cuts from the Crypt (2001)
- Project 1950 (2003)
- The Devil's Rain (2011)
- Dead Alive! (2013)
Kryst The Conqueror
- Deliver Us From Evil (1989)
- Vampira: The Movie (2006)
- KISS Loves You (2004)
- Fans and Freaks: The Culture of Comics and Conventions (2002)
- Campfire Stories (2001)
- The Big Brother Video: Crap (2001)
- Bruiser (2000)
- Big Money Hustlas(1999)
- Animal Room(1995)
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