Posted in music on November 16, 2005

DARBY CRASH & THE GERMS

Darby Crash "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)

The Germs

"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]

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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)

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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]

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x "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]

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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)

* WATCH VIDEOS BY X

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Comments (17)

Are these being sold anywhere else? Irving Plaza box office?

Posted by Helena | November 16, 2005 8:46 PM

Two things:

(1)Hiring an actor to play your late singer is pretty lame. Not as lame as creating a reality show to replace him, but still...

(2)What's Mariah Carey up to?

Posted by J | November 16, 2005 9:43 PM

To answer Helena's question, Roseland tickets are always on sale at Irving Plaza's box office, though it's open at limited hours (between 12 PM and 6:30 PM Mon-Fri and from 11 AM-4 PM on Saturday), I think. I'm not sure how much tickets are, but they're probably a bit steep. I hate Roseland, so I'm going to the Philly show and even there, tickets are $32 for the show at the much smaller TLA.

Posted by incarag | November 17, 2005 10:35 AM

Is there a complete Germs "reunion" tour dates list? Was the Continental show the last? I know they played LA back in October.

Posted by Thrash Pup | December 11, 2005 12:33 AM

Is there a complete Germs "reunion" tour dates list? Was the Continental show the last? I know they played LA back in October.

Posted by Thrash Pup | December 11, 2005 12:34 AM

Is there a complete Germs "reunion" tour dates list? Was the Continental show the last? I know they played LA back in October.

Posted by Thrash Pup | December 11, 2005 12:36 AM

i cant wait i was nammed after darby crash

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Posted by anzqvdy pndho | October 29, 2006 8:12 AM

yeah, i believe the "GERMS"...is probably one of the greatest bands ever..they did some amazing stuff...but i dont like the idea of there being a movie about it...dont get me wrong they deserve alot of credit for their work..but whats going to happen when it hits theaters is the "GERMS"..are going to become sooooo mainstream its going to be lame....because now these new wave losers who dont know shit about music are going to start listening to the GERMS claiming that they like them...basically taking it away from the people who are still true to the underground music...and basically alot of punk/hardcore has been ruined by the mainstream scene...when the fuck did punk ever become about wearing all balck clothes with black make up.....and hardcore was never about wearing girls clothes and looking like a bitch and it had nothing to do with gym class so whats up with the gym shorts...it was basically going out and doing your own thing not conforming with anyone or anything looking your own way...it was basically anti-fashion...and one the stores really corrupting the scene is "hot topic"...they basically sell all this crap that and say its punk and basically all these goth fags buy in to it....well fuck hottopic and all you trendy lil bitches its...if you want to know what reall punk and hardcore looks like search punk from 70 to 79 and hardcore from 80 to 86...

Posted by True_Edge | January 29, 2007 2:04 PM

you realize "DJ Bonebrake" is Andrew Morrison, younger brother of James Daniel Morrison, aka theThe Lizard King

Posted by vlad | March 30, 2007 9:52 PM

I am glad to hear about the new movie about "The Germs & X Reunions", I will download it.

Posted by Chelsea | July 13, 2010 4:34 AM

I remember how the band began when Jan Paul Beahm and Georg Ruthenberg decided they should start a band after being kicked out of University High for antisocial behavior, allegedly for using 'mind control' on fellow students. The band was with Beahm on vocals, Ruthenberg on guitar, an early member named "Dinky"on bass, and Michelle Baer playing drums. This lineup never played in front of a live audience.

Posted by George | December 1, 2010 8:37 AM

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