US Punk Bands: The Dead Boys & ‘Young Loud and Snotty’.
Above Photo: The back cover of the Dead Boys’ Young Loud and Snotty album.
As mentioned in Bombed Out!, I saw the Dead Boys play at only my second-ever Punk gig, back in December 1977, when they were supporting the Damned in Liverpool. I was completely blown away, and the next day I rushed out to buy Young Loud and Snotty, their first album.
The track Sonic Reducer still remains one of my most memorable Punk songs, for the influence it had on me back then. I still remember them playing it live that night.
When I saw them, I didn’t know they’d been one of the earliest Punk bands to form in the US, moving from Cleveland to New York and becoming an integral part of the CBGB’s scene and frequently playing at the club.
The band consisted of Stiv Bators on vocals, Cheetah Chrome on lead guitar, Jimmy Zero on rhythm guitar, Jeff Magnum on bass and Johnny Blitz on drums.
I’ve always been intrigued by the unusual back cover photo on the album (see headline photo), which shows the band in a shower, and recently I had a chance to ask their bass player, Jeff Magnum, about the photo.
He told me it was taken by Glenn Brown and the band were standing in the bathtub/shower in the Presidential Suite of Swingos Hotel in Downtown Cleveland.
He also told me the front cover photo (above) is of the band in a Detroit alleyway, which no longer exists , having been built over many years ago.
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