Misfits, one of America’s biggest punk rock bands and an original 77 punk band to boot. The band played their first two live shows at the world-famous CBGB in New York City, which to many music fans is the undisputed birthplace of punk. So why on earth is a band that really should embody the ethos of punk, selling a clothing range that most people could only afford with a hefty bankers bonus at the end of the year?
OK, so bands have to find other ways to make money these days with the advent of streaming seemingly allowing record labels to give music away for free, offering the artist almost next to nothing in terms of royalties, compared to selling a couple of million records in a store. The VIP meet and greets are bad enough, with some artists charging over $1000 for the privilege of standing next to them for 30 seconds and getting a selfie. Last year, Doyle of the Misfits said “I have to do $50 meet-and-greets because fans are “stealing” music” obviously referring to streaming. The obvious solution is, release another album on your own label and don’t offer it on streaming platforms, if people really want it, they will buy it. $50 isn’t a huge cash cow or a dent in your bank account, but how about splashing out on a $1000 official Misfits jacket?
‘Static Age’ is the new spring collection on offer by fashion designer, John Varvatos
who teamed up with The Misfits in order to curate this release, of insanely expensive punk clothing. You can choose from a leather jacket that will set you back $1000, a t-shirt for $140 and some other garb with a high price tag.
There’s a cheaper jacket for around $500 if that will mean you can still eat for the rest of the month. Obviously, a lot of celebrities have been snapped wearing Slayer tops and Metallica items, most of which have no idea who the bands are, so the Misfits are clearly not aiming this collection at fans, rather, the bank accounts of the Hollywood elite, but why? Are you that desperate for money that you decide to alienate a huge group of your fans from connecting with you via the time-honoured tradition of fan merchandise?
Or, here’s hoping your punk fans from 77 now have well-paying jobs and are still desperately trying to hold onto their youth.
Author Bio: AC Speed
I started my career as a music journalist in 2013 and have been involved in the music industry as a touring musician, studio engineer and artist consultant since 2002, as well as previously being a signed artist. My passion for delivering high quality, informative music-related news is a daily driving force behind the content I create. Also a huge gaming nerd! Born in the United Kingdom and currently living in Sweden. Skål!
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