The Germs

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Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This Los Angeles, California, USA-based punk band was formed in April 1977. The original members were Darby Crash (Jan Paul Beahm, 26 September 1958, USA, d. 7 December 1980, USA; vocals), Pat Smear (b. Georg Ruthenberg, 5 August 1959, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Lorna Doom (bass) and Belinda Carlisle (b. Belinda Kerzcheski, 17 August 1958, Hollywood, California, USA; drums), later of the Go-Go’s. Carlisle soon left and was replaced by a succession of percussionists, including future X drummer D.J. Bonebrake and Don Bolles of 45 Grave. The band’s first single, ‘Forming’, was issued on What? Records in 1977 and is considered by some to be the first example of the post-punk ‘hardcore’ genre, later popularized by bands such as Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys. Their next single was issued on Slash Records, which in 1979 released the band’s only proper album, GI. The Germs disbanded in early 1980 but re-formed later that...

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