Posted in music on November 16, 2005
DARBY CRASH & THE GERMS
"In 1976 Darby Crash met Pat Smear (later of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters) and they formed Sophistifuck and the Revlon Spam Queens. They then changed it to The Germs. The Germs became a huge Los Angeles punk band, known for their chaotic live shows. Crash broke up the Germs (who once included future Go-Go's member Belinda Carlisle) and committed suicide with an intentional heroin overdose in 1980, the day John Lennon was killed. His legacy has carried on past the release of The Germs (MIA): The Complete Anthology, in 1993 thought to be the prototype for Hardcore Punk." [Wikipedia]
SHANE WEST AS DARBY CRASH (the movie)
"But interest in the Germs has never died -- after all, dying young is always good for an irreverent legend. Brendan Mullen's Crash biography, "Lexicon Devil" was published in 2002, and now a biopic entitled "What We Do Is Secret" is in post-production, set for the filmfest circuit next year.
And here's where the story gets even weirder. With all this interest, the surviving members are set to take the stage again. Filling the mohawk of the dearly departed Darby? Shane West. " [The Plain Dealer]
SHANE WEST AS DARBY CRASH (real life)
"For the first time in my punk rock life I really get star struck! Standing a few feet from me is 3/4 of my most favorite punk rock band on earth and I never thought I’d ever likely stand in the same room with them anywhere, let alone witness those people recreating the music that was so crucial to my growing up. They opened up with “Circle One” and musically they sounded pretty damn good. Then the actor dude comes out and he really does bear a resemblance to Darby, except he’s not all gimmicked up on drugs and booze, and he actually sings into the mic at all times but not as good as Darby...." [The Punk Vault]
The show described above took place earlier this month in Chicago. The Shane West fronted Germs are coming to NYC for the first time ever in December for two shows at The Continental. TICKETS ARE ON SALE (Dec 10-11)
THE GERMS / X CONNECTION
"...Later that year (1977) Donna was replaced by Cliff Hanger, but they probably never played any gigs with this line up. The fourth drummer was Don Bonebrake (later with X), who also played with The Eyes. He did some gigs as well as the recording of 'Forming 2' and 'Round And Round'...." [A history of the Germs]
"X are a noted punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles in 1977. They have achieved only limited mainstream success, but were one of the most accessible and tuneful of Los Angeles' many punk bands. Original members were Exene Cervenka (aka Christine Cervenka, vocals), John Doe (aka John Nommensen Duchac, bass/vocals), DJ Bonebrake (drums), and Billy Zoom (aka Tyson Kindell; guitar)." [Wikipedia]
X REUNION TOUR
"Old-school punk rockers can relive their mosh-pit days as seminal Los Angeles act X takes its show on the road in December....The tour will feature the band's original lineup—-vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer D.J. Bonebrake..." [Tour Dates @ Glide Magazine]
The NYC X show is December 9th at Roseland (one day before the two Germs shows). Tickets on sale at Ticketmaster. Juliana Hatfield opens.
(note: DJ Bonebrake is playing with X, not with the Germs)