Johnny Blitz and Cheetah Chrome of the Dead Boys are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the band's first album "Young Loud and Snotty".
Formed in 1976, inCleveland, Ohio, United States, the Dead Boys is acknowledged as one of the pioneers of American Punk music, along with bracketmates New York Dolls (“Personality Crisis”),The Ramones (“Blitzkrieg Bop”), and Richard Hell & the Voidoids (“Blank Generation”). It was led by the late Punk icon Stiv Bators (lead vocals) with Cheetah Chrome (lead guitar), Johnny Blitz (drummer), Jimmy Zero (rhythm guitar), and Jeff Magnum (bass) until the group’s demise in 1979, with Bators eventually forming in 1981 the successful The Lords of the New Church (“Russian Roulette”).
During their first phase, the Dead Boys got to release two full-length albums, 1977’s Young, Loud and Snotty and the following year’s We Have Come for Your Children; and with songs such as “Sonic Reducer” and “3rd Generation Nation” eventually becoming classic Punk anthems. Then, in the mid-’80s, the Dead Boys reunited for a number of gigs; but because of Bators’ death in 1990, the band splintered again, with the remaining members going on to pursue their respective separate music endeavors. Furthermore, two brief reunions took place in the mid-2000s, but then that was it for the previous decade.
In early 2017, because the Dead Boys’ debut was celebrating its 40 years, Chrome decided to re-form the band with Blitz and new members Jason Kottwitz (guitar), Ricky Rat (bass), and Jason Hout (lead vocals) and toured the album in its entirety. The hi-octane response of the audience to the shows and the memories unleashed by the songs themselves reignited the Dead Boys’ youthful Punk energy, inspiring Chrome and the rest of the band to re-record the album, to give it a fresh and proper take. After all, according to Chrome, “The original album was actually a demo. None of us had been in a studio before, and we figured we would go back in and do it right. So that’s what this is about. It’s not better. It’s just different.”
Dead Boys Young Loud and Snotty at 40
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