THE GERMS, live at San Francisco’s Mabuhay Gardens in 1978 doing “No God”.
The new Punk 45 Los Angeles comp has an interview with Chris Desjardins (Flesh Eaters, Upsetter Records, Slash magazine) in which he lists his favorite bands of the era. He lists The Germs “on record”, and makes a very clear distinction “…as opposed to their live show, which was hard to follow because Darby was always too drunk” (or something along those lines; don’t have the exact quote in front of me).
Pretty much why every Germs live record or tape I’ve had gets listened to once and then forgotten.
March 1979 at The Deaf Club, San Francisco. Easy to imagine going to at least ten of these gigs.
“The Darby Crash Band”, right after Darby had returned from England and pledged his allegiance to Adam and the Ants.
A final GERMS show was still to come, thankfully, on December 3rd, 1980.
GERMS fan club membership and care package (!). What could have been in it? Photo scan courtesy of the always right-on Waitakere Walks blog.
“There was absolutely no way that bands like the Bags, Germs or Screamers would have been signed to
a major label. I still don’t hear anything quite as confrontational as “We Will Bury You” or “Richie Dagger’s Crime” on the radio, no matter what people say about punk being mainstream
nowadays. One thing that will never come into fashion is challenging the expectations of the average consumer.”
Agony Shorthand interview with Alice Bag.
Interview we did with Alice Bag on our ancient Agony Shorthand blog is linked to here.
I’m a little late sharing this gem from Waitakere Walks with the people, but check out this photo of the harmonizing 1977 LA punk rock barbershop quartet, “The Four Perps”. (I just made that up, riffing on JB’s write-up on The Four Preps).
Left to right, we have Kristian Hoffman from THE MUMPS; John Denny from THE WEIRDOS; Bobby Pyn from THE GERMS, and Tomata Du Plenty from THE SCREAMERS. Apparently they’re backing up Black Randy & The Metrosquad at The Masque. Maybe you were there?
Got a new mixtape/radio show/podcast that I’ve made just for you, and it’s called DYNAMITE HEMORRHAGE RADIO PODCAST, EDITION #12. I recorded it direct-to-laptop and completed it within the past five minutes, and it’s got some real musical whoppers on it that I carefully curated for ya. You’ll hear new stuff from Raw Prawn, White Fence,The Mentalettes and Veronica Falls, as well as a plethora of aggressive pop, nervous punk, wiry garage and far-out psych from the last five decades. I say this every time, but this twelfth one is absolutely, positively the best collection of music I’ve ever put together – including mixtapes made for girls.
Download Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio Podcast #12
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STEVE TREATMENT – The Hippy Posed Engrosement
RAW PRAWN – None Left
DEAR NORA – Make You Smile
REVERSIBLE CORDS – Highway Tomorrow
THE 2x4s – Iron Line
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE – Giggles & Gloom
THE SHITBIRDS – Schiessbird
WHITE FENCE – Trouble is Trouble Never Seen
THE STEREO SHOESTRING – On The Road South
BUBBLEGUM LEMONADE – Unsafe At Any Speed
SALVATION ARMY – Mind Gardens
100 FLOWERS – Motorboat To Hell
VERONICA FALLS – Timeless Melody
MICRAGIRLS – Electric Chair Twist
SOCK PUPPETS – Summer Jacket
BATHROOM RENOVATIONS – Apathetic Hell
TYRANNA – Shock Face
THE WHITEFRONTS – World’s Fair
WARUM JOE – Tchang
SLUGFUCKERS – Rhizome
D.R.I. – Busted
SICK THINGS – Police
THE GERMS – The Slave
NUMBERS – Information
THE MENTALETTES – Fine Fine Fine
Download our past shows – each about an hour:
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