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The Germs & X Reunions, a movie & Juliana Hatfield

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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