One of the only things that gets me through the November-December period of being assaulted from all sides by Christmas music—not only suffocatingly musty carols but those horrible holiday-themed songs that turn rock and pop music into twisted, wholesomely jolly parodies of themselves*—is the somewhat recent tradition of punks and former punks turning the entire month of October into a giant Misfits playlist. For some reason I can never get sick of hearing Misfits songs, and actually the more I binge on them the more I want to remove everything but the Misfits from my personal rotation, a fact that fascinates me and has brought me close to the brink of getting a tattoo of their logo on several separate occasions.

(Below the jump eight bands that aren’t the Misfits offer their own takes on the song.)