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Emerging from the seedy, sunny and deeply paranoiac environs of mid-‘70s Hollywood, the Germs were the first American punk band to match the Sex Pistols for pure annihilative energy. Their sound was a merciless blitz of snarling guitar and skittering drums. Initially the band’s performance style was total cacophony, but by the time GI was recorded in 1979, the group could actually boast a razor-sharp tightness (aided in no doubt by Joan Jett’s guidance as producer). The locked-in assault of bassist Lorna Doom, drummer Don Bolles and guitarist Pat Smear is contrasted by the unhinged rabidity of singer Darby Crash. Crash pushes Iggy Pop’s technique to its absolute limit — in every song he explodes with the rage of a caged wolverine (listen to “Manimal”). Still, beneath Crash’s sputtering, spastic delivery lies some of punk’s most literate lyrics: “He wears the linens just like Garbo / And talks at a saturnine pace / Listening to the strange notes marvel / Only giving what it takes” (from “Richie Dagger’s Crime”). GI won the Germs a cult audience that continues to grow, but for all the bands it went on to influence, the group’s lone LP stands alone.

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Darby, Pat, Lorna and Don were geniouses

this album is amazing simply put. a true great punk rock album and one of the first hardcore punk recordings. i reccomend this album to any fan of punk rock. RIP Darby.


If you have any interest in punk at all (beyond that useless pop-punk crap) then you should definitely, definitely check out the Germs. Cannot stress this strongly enough.

for me, this is where it all began.

so many years ago...and yet I still keep coming back to this recording - I've had it on vinyl, cassette, and now, in digital form. It's the bar by which all other punk rock is judged.


Formed: April, 1977 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s

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...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Punk
  • Released: 1979

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