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Though the exact where and when of this Destroy All Monsters live recording remains a mystery to fans (and even the band members), it’s speculated that this performance was recorded in the early ‘80s. The Stooges’ guitarist Ron Asheton counts off the first song as front-woman Niagara comes in singing with the demure cool of a pre-Blondie Debbie Harry over a mantra of repetitive garage-rock riffs before the band tears into their first single “Bored,” sounding like Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon fronting the Stooges (Sonic Youth claim Destroy All Monsters as one of their main influences). Making good on its moniker, “Fast City” lets loose some full-throttle punk as MC5’s bass player Mike Davis motors the song with fifth-gear bass runs that drop down into an infectious boogie before the song ends. They also play a couple of covers starting with a twisted take on Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made For Walkin’” before a ramshackle rendition of “Right Stuff” from 1974’s Captain Lockheed and the Starfighters, a satirical concept album from Hawkwind’s former frontman Robert Calvert.


Formed: 1973 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

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

An anti-rock band founded in direct reaction to the pretensions and complacency of 1970s pop music, the Detroit-based noise deconstructionists Destroy All Monsters earned their greatest attention at the peak of the punk era, thanks to a lineup that included alumni of the MC5 and the Stooges. Named after a cult-favorite Japanese monster movie, Destroy All Monsters was formed in 1973 by art students Niagara (a former model), Jim Shaw, Mike Kelley, and Cary Loren; influenced by everything from underground...
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