Project 1950

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Project 1950
Misfits - Project 1950 cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 29, 2003
GenreHorror punk, rock and roll
LabelMisfits, Rykodisc
ProducerJesse Cannon, Anthony Esposito, Tim Hatfield
the Misfits chronology
Famous Monsters
Project 1950
Psycho in the Wax Museum
Singles from Project 1950
  1. "This Magic Moment"
    Released: 2003

Project 1950 is the sixth studio album by the American horror punk band the Misfits, released in 2003. It consists of cover versions of rock and roll songs from the 1950s and 1960s and marks bassist Jerry Only's debut as the Misfits' lead singer. Except for Only, no members of the band from their previous album returned for Project 1950. The album cover artwork was done by Pennsylvania artist Tony Squindo. The liner notes include explanations from the band members about why they chose each particular song.[1]

Receiving generally positive critical reviews from publications such as Allmusic, the album became a commercial success and hit the #2 slot on Billboard's 'Top Heatseekers' chart as well as #5 on its 'Top Independent Albums' chart.[2] Ronnie Spector guest starred as a backing vocalist on two tracks. Other members of the band at that point had also previously been associated with famous groups, with the album also including work from punk rockers Marky Ramone of the Ramones and Dez Cadena of Black Flag.

In October 2014, the band released and expanded edition of the album, adding three new tracks with current drummer Eric "Chupacabra" Arce performing on the new tracks. A limited picture disc LP of the expanded album was also released with new artwork by Tom Whalen[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Punknews.org3.5/5 stars[4]

The album received positive reviews. Allmusic ran a supportive review by critic Johnny Loftus, who stated that "it's good to hear their excitement in the recordings, which crackle with enthusiasm" and called the album "really enjoyable in a nostalgia sort of way".[2] Reviewing the Expanded Edition of the album Ken Pierce, of Piercing Metal stated "Overall the tunes retain a large part of their original sound but with there being renditions by The Misfits they are faster and quicker to finish when it all comes down to it." rating the album 4 out of 5.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
1."This Magic Moment"Doc Pomus, Mort ShumanThe Drifters2:36
2."Dream Lover"Bobby DarinBobby Darin2:28
3."Diana"Paul AnkaPaul Anka2:09
4."Donna"Ritchie ValensRitchie Valens2:33
5."Great Balls of Fire"Otis Blackwell, Jack HammerJerry Lee Lewis1:50
6."Latest Flame"Pomus, ShumanElvis Presley2:17
7."Monster Mash"Bobby Pickett, Leonard L. CapizziBobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers2:37
8."Only Make Believe"Conway Twitty, Jack NanceConway Twitty2:16
9."Runaway"Del Shannon, Max CrookDel Shannon2:24
10."You Belong to Me"Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, Redd StewartJo Stafford3:10
Total length:24:20
Expanded Edition[3]
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistLength
11."Witchcraft"Cy Coleman, Carolyn LeighFrank Sinatra1:47
12."Daughter of Darkness"Les Reed, Geoff StephensTom Jones2:40
13."(You're The) Devil in Disguise"Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence KayeElvis Presley2:43
Total length:31:30

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak Position
Billboard 200 133
Heatseekers Albums 2
Independent Albums 5

Bonus DVD[edit]

  1. "This Magic Moment"
  2. "Dream Lover"
  3. "Diana"
  4. "Donna"
  5. "Runaway"
  • Tracks 1-4, recorded at the Phillips US Open Snowboarding Championships
  • Track 5, recorded live, at The World in NYC

Bonus Material

  • Day the Earth Caught Fire: Live in NYC- Misfits with Balzac
  • The Haunting/Don't Open 'Till Doomsday: Live in Japan- Balzac with Misfits
  • Day the Earth Caught Fire: Live in Japan- Balzac with Misfits
  • The Haunting/Don't Open 'Till Doomsday- Balzac
  • Out of the Blue- Balzac


  • Jerry Only - bass, lead vocals
  • Marky Ramone - drums, percussion
  • Dez Cadena - guitars
  • John Cafiero - background vocals on "Dream Lover", "Monster Mash" and "Runaway"
  • Ronnie Spector - background vocals on "This Magic Moment" and "You Belong to Me"
  • Jimmy Destri - keyboards on "Runaway" and "Great Balls of Fire"
  • Ed Manion - saxophone on "Diana" and "Runaway"
  • Eric "Chupacabra" Arce - drums, percussion on "Witchcraft", "Daughter Of Darkness" and "(You're The) Devil In Disguise"[3]


  1. ^ "Home". 2016-01-25. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  2. ^ a b c Loftus, Johnny. Project 1950 at AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "MISFITS - Project 1950 To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks". Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  4. ^ "The Misfits - Project 1950". 2003-11-04. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  5. ^ ""Project 1950" (expanded) by The Misfits". 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2016-02-01.