The Dead Boys

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One of the first wave punk/no wave bands in the USA, the Dead Boys formed in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1976 but relocated to New York the following year. They won their spurs playing the infamous Bowery club CBGB’s, the starting place for other bands such as the Ramones, Television, Blondie and Talking Heads. The band comprised Stiv Bators (Steven John Bator, 22 October 1949, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, d. 3 June 1990, Paris, France; vocals), Jimmy Zero (rhythm guitar), Cheetah Chrome (b. Gene Connor; lead guitar), Jeff Magnum (bass) and Johnny Blitz (drums). The group took its cue from Iggy Pop And The Stooges by being as menacing, snarling and aggressive as possible. Signed to Sire Records in 1977, they released their debut album, the appropriately titled Young, Loud And Snotty, one of the very earliest US punk records, which included the band’s anthem, ‘Sonic Reducer’. It was followed a year later by the less convincing We Have Come For Your Children,...

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