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Editors’ Notes

The Dead Boys were original American punks, using Iggy Pop and the Stooges as a springboard for their own nihilistic, gritty and streetwise brand of rock back in the mid-‘70s. Coming from Cleveland’s Rocket From the Tombs — an artier, hard-rocking outfit that spawned Pere Ubu as well — guitarist Cheetah Chrome and drummer Johnny Blitz recruited a skinny, snarling Stiv Bators as their frontman, and relocated to New York City. Finding a home at punk mecca CBGB’s, the band signed to Sire Records and in 1977 released Young, Loud and Snotty, a critical title in the American punk rock canon. “Sonic Reducer” is the star track — a punk anthem for many — but other songs, like “What Love Is,” “Ain’t Nothing To Do,” and “Down in Flames” carried equally powerful blows. Bators set the bar high for those who would soon follow, drawing blood on stage (just like Iggy) and spitting venomous lyrics like, “Gonna beat up the next hippie I see!”  His no-holds-barred confessional “I Need Lunch” is hilarious and crude, as is the primal “Caught With the Meat...”  But crude and primal was what The Dead Boys did best, and Young, Loud and Snotty is punk perfection on a platter.

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First of all, before we all forget why we write these reviews, let me state that Young, Loud and Snotty is a astoundingly great and fun document of punk rock and roll's golden era. If you, the iTunes customer, are feverishly searching for bands and recordings that define, and will always define, what is referred to as punk music, the Dead Boys and their two LPs, including this, their first, are essential purchases for your collection. The Dead Boys, like their contemporaries Devo and The Damned, never really took themselves too seriously. Rock and roll is all about fun and the Dead Boys were the life of the party! Sonic Reducer is, and will remain, one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever recorded. That alone is reason enough to purchase this LP. Do so, or live in obscurity, lose all your friends, and die alone. If I may address a few things: The My Chemical Toilet comment was obviously meant as a joke. By taking it seriously, you have legitimized the intentions of the post. It’s pretty funny actually! Of course MCR is nothing but a sad pop facsimile of the bands that really shook the Earth. Those bands, like the Dead Boys, that defined rebellion and originality. MCR doesn’t fit that bill, they don’t even come close. Rocket From the Tombs was mentioned, and for good reason. RFTT was the mother ship for both Dead Boys/Frankenstein and the incredible Pere Ubu. Let’s not forget to give some credit to Peter Laughner, the man who wrote Ain’t it Fun among other classic RFTT/Dead Boys/Pere Ubu songs. And no, David Thomas, AKA Crocus Behemoth, never sang for the Dead Boys. Please purchase Rocket from the Tombs- The Day the Earth Met the… LP. You won’t regret it! Kids, don’t be so quick to label everything. Punk is a label. It was used to sell records and put a name on a sound and attitude that was difficult to define. It’s all about rebellion, being true to yourself, thinking outside of the box, doing it yourself. Call it whatever you want, punk, etc. Just don’t forget the true meaning behind it! The Mohawk haircuts and chains are just fashion. Don’t take things so seriously. Support those bands in your city that are making truly great music and ignore the corporate music machine that controls the television and radio. Light the planet on fire!

Don't Need No Human Race

The Dead Boys define punk. They bring so much energy and tell the world to f**k off. I don't know what punk would be like without these guys. Just listen to sonic reducer and you'll see what I mean. The 1st words say, "I don't need anyone, don't need no mom and dad, don't need no pretty face, don't need no human race." Hell yeah dude. buy this. now.

My Chemical Romance Would Not exist without this!

I was born in 1975 so I am too young to know the beginnings of punk. From Richard Hell's Blank Generation to Sonic Reducer from The Dead Boys when I was a teen this music spoke to me. This album in particular. You can hear the Anger in Stiv Bators voice on all the tracks. Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth is a great song. I grew up in CBGB's for the later hardcore punk bands but wish I were there to hear The Dead Boys power that they had on stage. As for My Chemical Romance you need to appreciate this kind of album before you make an assumption. I am sure that the guys in My Chemical Romance have listened to albums like this that inspired them to go out and start a band. This is the roots of the music you so endure.


Formed: 1976 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: Alternative

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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  • $8.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk
  • Released: Oct 1977

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