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The Dead Boys had already lost a production battle with Sire Records in releasing a tamer version of their debut Young, Loud and Snotty than they’d hoped for, and on their sophomore album, a second producer buffed and polished their primitive style even more. While some claim We Have Come For Your Children to be of secondary importance in the punk pantheon (Young, Loud and Snotty — or the version containing the original, noisier mixes, Younger, Louder and Snottier — is a must-own), this collection lays claim to at least one more classic track by the band, and a few that come close to matching the fervor of the debut. “Ain’t It Fun” is a dire ode to living the wild life, and was covered in the ‘90s by Guns N’ Roses, while “3rd Generation Nation,” “I Don’t Wanna Be No Catholic Boy,” and “Dead and Alive” are full of the spit and vigor that so powerfully drove the band’s debut. The late Stiv Bators was a fan of ‘60s rock, and their cover of the Stones’ “Tell Me” is as true and heartfelt as was the band’s cover of ‘60s nugget “(Hey) Little Girl” on Y, L and S. There is little here to dismiss, and much to complete your punk collection.

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A classic as well, just different...

I dunno - the review up top refers to this as a fumble? Nah man... This is a great record too, and I think it's cool that they didn't try to make YL&S Pt.II, Return Of YL&S. I wish more artists would take risks like this on their 2nd or 3rd LPs. "Son Of Sam" smolders - I have always liked that one. "3rd Gen Nation", "Catholic Boy", "I Won't Look Back", "Flame Thrower"... all good riff-rock punk. p.s. the only thing good about Guns & Roses is that they acknowledged the greatness of the Dead Boys... wish they wouldn't have f'd up one of their songs tho

I'm deaf because of this album.

Are you kiddin? This is one of the greatest Rock n' roll, not just punk,- albums of all time! The above reviewer obviously never listened to it at the required 130+ decibols the music deserves. Some advice: get the vinyl if you can......put it on a quality turntable with class A old school analogue amplifier.....crank it all through some 250 watt speakers with 15" 10 lb magnett, 6 Hz woofered speaker (, pref, Altec Lansing, AR or some professional studio JBLs).... stick you're head between em for an entire listen & you'll come away with a total attitude adjustment. No one who was at the 1979 3 day Johnny BLitz benefit at CBGB's in NYC will ever forget the power.


I came across the comments. I want to thank all who love the record for defending it. Felix was amazing and one of the greatest producer/writer/musicians I have ever known. I know, I was there, Recorded and Mixed at Criteria Studios by me, Steve Klein.


Formed: 1976 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Punk

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Dead Boys were one of the first punk bands to escalate the level of violence, nihilism, and pure ugliness of punk rock to extreme new levels. Although considered part of New York's mid-'70s CBGB's scene, all of its bandmembers originally hailed from Cleveland, OH. The group's roots lay in the early-'70s Cleveland cult band Rocket from the Tombs, which included future Dead Boys Cheetah Chrome (aka Gene O'Connor) on guitar, and Johnny Blitz (aka John Madansky) on drums, along with future Pere Ubu...
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We Have Come for Your Children, Dead Boys
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Punk, Music, Alternative, Rock
  • Released: Jun 1978
  • Parental Advisory

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