Lorna Doom (The Germs), RIP
Lorna Doom, bassist of punk legends The Germs, has sadly passed away. Pitchfork reports:
The cause of death is currently unknown, but her passing was confirmed by former Germs drummer Don Bolles in a Facebook post earlier today. “She left this mortal coil today around 1,” he wrote in a Facebook comment.
Born Teresa Ryan, Doom joined Germs in the mid-’70s. The lineup at the time included vocalist Jan Paul Beahm (Darby Crash), guitarist Georg Ruthenberg (Pat Smear), and Belinda Carlisle—who would later become the lead singer of the Go-Go’s—on drums. After a couple of personnel switch-ups, the band recruited drummer Don Bolles and released their lone full-length (GI) on Slash Records in 1979.
Rest in peace, Lorna Doom. You'll be missed.
A few tributes have come in from fellow musicians, including Mike Watt (Minutemen, etc), Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), and Katy Goodman (Vivian Girls, La Sera). See those tributes below, along with a classic live Germs video: