Dr. Chud

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Dr. Chud
Birth nameDavid Calabrese
Born (1964-04-04) April 4, 1964 (age 58)
Lodi, New Jersey, U.S.
GenresHorror punk, heavy metal
Years active1980–present

David Calabrese (born April 4, 1964), known professionally as Dr. Chud, is an American horror punk drummer best known for his work with the Misfits.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Lodi, New Jersey, Dr. Chud attended Lodi High School. His career began playing with Dan Kidney and the Pulsations for eight years 1987–1994. During the early 1990s, Dr. Chud did a lot of studio sessions with various artist, including Specific Ocean and Sardonica. He also recorded an album with Sacred Trash just before joining Kryst the Conqueror, which transformed itself into the newest incarnation of the Misfits[1] Dr. Chud recorded three studio albums, a live album, and a few singles with the Misfits and is also credited as a songwriter and producer for the band.

In addition to his work with the Misfits, Dr. Chud also played drums for Joey Ramone on the We Will Fall: A Tribute to Iggy Pop album, and Joey Ramone's only solo record Don't Worry About Me and also produced a recent Sardonica release Flip the Grill. After leaving the Misfits in 2000, Dr. Chud formed Graves.

In 2003, Dr. Chud formed a new band named Dr. Chud's X-Ward which released their debut multimedia album Diagnosis for Death in 2004 on the drummer's own record label Bloodwork Records.

In 2008, Dr. Chud joined up with Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein once again with his band Gorgeous Frankenstein on their second tour. The band was signed to Glenn Danzig's record label Evilive. In 2012 the band changed its name and recorded their first album together as "DOYLE" Abominator album, which Dr. Chud help produce and played all the drum tracks on. Dr. Chud left the band in 2014 to pursue other musical ventures.

In 2013, he recorded all the drum tracks for the Sonic Creeps album A Future Dead.

In 2016, Dr. Chud scored his first soundtrack for the documentary film "30 Years of Garbage" the Garbage Pail Kids story. It was released by Indican Films.

In 2010, he appeared on the television series LA Ink, starring Kat Von D. He received a tattoo of his famous stitches that he usually draws on his chest and back, circling his neck, by tattoo artist Amy Nicoletto. The tattoo was colored with black and gray ink.

Dr. Chud is known for making his own drumsticks and his signature drum set which is adorned with huge metal studded spikes.


With Dan Kidney and the Pulsations
  • Never Let Up
  • Slice of Live
  • Night People
With Specific Ocean
  • Vinyl & Styrofoam
With Sardonica
  • In Your Own Backyard
With Sacred Trash
  • Sacred Trash
With Misfits
With Graves
With Joey Ramone
With Dr. Chud's X-Ward
With Sonic Creeps
  • A Future Dead (2013) – LP
With Doyle
As Dr. Chud
  • 30 Years of Garbage (2017) – soundtrack
  • "We're the Garbage Pail Kids" and "1980s Was So Great" CD single (2018)


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: The Misfits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 8, 2010.

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