While the Misfits are widely known for their somewhat campy and over-the-top brand of horror punk, their second single, "Bullet," reveals a darkness to the band outside of the usual monsters and boogeymen. The song, released as a four-track single accompanied by "We Are 138
" with "Attitude" and "Hollywood Babylon" on the flip side, puts a perverse spin on the death of an American icon, John F. Kennedy. Going into rather gruesome detail about the shooting of Kennedy in the midst of his motorcade, the song then diverges into a fantasy about his fresh widow, Jacqueline Kennedy.
In the song, the Misfits refer to her as Jackie O., a nickname she acquired in the media after marrying shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis in 1968, and use lyrics that were especially explicit for the time as they describe their wishes for her.
Not surprisingly, the Misfits had a hard time finding a label to release the album, and ended up releasing it on frontman Glenn Danzig's own label, Plan 9 records. Despite the lyrics that were cutting-edge for their time, "Bullet" quickly became a cult favorite, and has been hailed by some as an apt allegory for the kind of hero worship the United States has for its political leaders, and the roles women play behind the scenes.