|Studio album by |
|Released||July 29, 2003|
|Genre||Horror punk, rock and roll|
|Producer||Jesse Cannon, Anthony Esposito, Tim Hatfield|
|the Misfits chronology|
|Singles from Project 1950|
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.
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. 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
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". 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.
|1.||"This Magic Moment"||Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman||The Drifters||2:36|
|2.||"Dream Lover"||Bobby Darin||Bobby Darin||2:28|
|3.||"Diana"||Paul Anka||Paul Anka||2:09|
|4.||"Donna"||Ritchie Valens||Ritchie Valens||2:33|
|5.||"Great Balls of Fire"||Otis Blackwell, Jack Hammer||Jerry Lee Lewis||1:50|
|6.||"Latest Flame"||Pomus, Shuman||Elvis Presley||2:17|
|7.||"Monster Mash"||Bobby Pickett, Leonard L. Capizzi||Bobby (Boris) Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers||2:37|
|8.||"Only Make Believe"||Conway Twitty, Jack Nance||Conway Twitty||2:16|
|9.||"Runaway"||Del Shannon, Max Crook||Del Shannon||2:24|
|10.||"You Belong to Me"||Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart||Jo Stafford||3:10|
|11.||"Witchcraft"||Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh||Frank Sinatra||1:47|
|12.||"Daughter of Darkness"||Les Reed, Geoff Stephens||Tom Jones||2:40|
|13.||"(You're The) Devil in Disguise"||Bill Giant, Bernie Baum, Florence Kaye||Elvis Presley||2:43|
- "This Magic Moment"
- "Dream Lover"
- Tracks 1-4, recorded at the Phillips US Open Snowboarding Championships
- Track 5, recorded live, at The World in NYC
- 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"
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- Loftus, Johnny. Project 1950 at AllMusic. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
- "MISFITS - Project 1950 To Be Reissued With Bonus Tracks". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
- "The Misfits - Project 1950". Punknews.org. 2003-11-04. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
- ""Project 1950" (expanded) by The Misfits". PiercingMetal.com. 2014-10-23. Retrieved 2016-02-01.