Another day, another feud between Jerry Only and Glenn Danzig. Danzig, former singer and founding member of the horror punk band The Misfits, is suing bassist and current singer Jerry Only over a breach of contract with merchandising. Danzig claims that Only went behind his back with a lucrative deal with Hot Topic and the merchandising of The Misfits, particularly involving the use of the iconic Misfits symbol “the crimson fiend” skull (pictured above).
This claim calls back to a contract that Danzig, Only, and other members wrote up in 1994 when Only and his brother Doyle wanted to reform the band. The contract allowed for shared ownership of The Misfits trademark between them for purposes of merchandising.
Danzig filed the suit on April 3rd against Only, real name Gerald Caiafa, and Cylcopian Music Inc, a company formed by Only and his brother Doyle. Danzig feels that he has missed out a huge chunk of the profits from this deal and wants what he deserves. Danzig has gone as far as to make a personal jab at Only in Section 9 of the complaint:
“After forming the band, Danzig replaced the original bass player with Caiafa, whose primary qualification was that he had recently received a bass guitar for Christmas.”
Since leaving the band in 1983 Danzig has gone on to become a famous figure in the metal world. Jerry Only, along with his brother, reformed The Misfits in 1995 with Michale Graves as their new singer. While both Graves and Doyle both have since left the band Only has continued The Misfits name with former Black Flag guitarist Dez Cadena and drummer Eric “Chupacabra” Arce.