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Germs

Living fast and dying young is one of rock's great clichés, but no phrase better describes the reasons for the demise of L.A. punkers the Germs. Capable of creating a firestorm of noisy, confrontational music, they were ultimately undone by their perversely charismatic lead singer. He was a madman named Paul Beahm, better known to the world at-large first as Bobby Pyn, later and more famously as Darby Crash, who died Sid Vicious-style out on the mainline at age 22.

Taking musical cues from the Sex Pistols (and English punk in general), as well as the CBGB's scene, and adding the theatricality of Bowie, Iggy, and Lou Reed, Crash was the perfect frontman for the Germs. Backed by guitarist Pat Smear (later of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters), bassist Lorna Doom, and drummer Don Bolles, the Germs kicked up a hellacious racket that strayed from fast/loud punk into art damage and garage grunge. On-stage, their gigs bordered on performance art, with Crash in full Iggy frenzy, diving into the crowd, adorning himself with whatever foodstuffs the audience provided, wearing less-and-less clothing, all done while the band cranked out noisy spasms of simple, but effective, rock noise.

Never capturing this mania on record (how could they?), the Germs' recording career is based on the sole record made during Crash's short life. Produced by Germs fan Joan Jett, (GI) was a fine hunk of early L.A. punk rock that was more literate and compelling that what was being offered by lesser local luminaries such as the Zeroes and the Weirdos. Smear's guitar playing is especially volatile, matching the mewling vocals of Crash note for note. It may not be life-changing music, but the white-hot, adrenal rush is a little bit of heaven.

By the time Crash filled his veins with heroin in 1980, the Germs were pretty much over. Crash's behavior had become increasingly unpredictable, he was spending time in England, and began preforming as a solo act upon returning to L.A. Consequently, the valuable recorded work in this final period is spotty, but much of it shows up on the definitive Germs release Germs (MIA) The Complete Anthology. ~ John Dougan, Rovi
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Thurnis, Was that- you follow, no one follow you to save rock and roll ?? Or was it You follow noone, Follow you to save rock and roll. ?? If you could clear this up for me and everyone else im sure we will think about following you or not with a litle bit more appreciation . anks
Best U.S. Punk band ever.
I am the underground leader I follow no one follow me to save rock n roll
That's right a classic.
Bes band ever
RIP Darby Crash
CLASSICK !!
Been there
GG allin
Germs fo life homies!! PLAYAH WHAT !!! WHAT ? GANGSTAH MOFO'S !!! :)
F**k the comment box
somebody get me a beer...
The Germs is always going to be the best band in punk
I WANTED THA GERMS, I GOT 'EM.
tristanhi88
got love for this hellayyy dude to bad junk crashed him
best germs you will eva catch !
darby is my idol
Darby foreva.
I don't mind being surrounded by these kind of germs - keep the soap
Darby was a god.
punk is not anti everything, and certainly not anti life. you dumbass. punk is the peoples music and a vehicle for free expression and movement, its raw energy and enthusiasm - not apathy.
in north carolina they're known as "thuh jurrms". fact.
\/Pure punk\/
http://www.p a n d o r a . c o m / ? s c = s h 2 0 8 1 1 2 5 8 0 3 3 3 4 5 3 4 2 7
The Germs made a punk statement - Crash still alive today would not be punk - punk was anti-everyth i n g even ones life. Punk was not just making music - punk was a life style a short life ie; Sid, Kurt,...
localessurfe r
germs were better dead rather than that dick from the square community killing whats left of it.
they opened for Suicidal 3 or 4 years ago, didn't seem like there was anybody there to see them, the old stuff sounds good though, I imagine with a new lead singer they probably aren't worth more than 5 dollar show at the Roxy
The band suck now that Shane West is the vocalist, it was way better when they had Darby Crash in it
Classic L.A. Punk ! This is by far the best band that came out of the west coast punk scene for that time frame period...... . . . If memory serves me right, before Darby killed himself he tapped a note above his head , it read, "Here Lies Darby Crash, R.I.P". I also remember seeing them in Penelope Shpeeris "Decline of Western Civilization , Part 1 The Punk Years".
bromide01
Who cares?
It sucks that this guy was a junkie cuz then there could have been more albums.
best la band ever... end of story
like the fine wine that indeed inspired the band, these tunes just get better and better.

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