Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Germs - (MIA) The Complete Anthology (1993)

This is a band that needs no introduction, a band that ruled the California L.A scene in the late 70's and sadly end up with a tragedy. The band was formed by frontman and punk icon 'Darby Crash' and guitarist 'Pat Smear' in 1977. At first they were called 'Sophistifuck & The Revlon Spam Queens' but since it would cost them too much money to fit all the letters in a shirt, they re named the band to The Germs. Even though the band couldn't played their instruments well, they had their first show at 'The Whiskey' that same year they formed, which was also released a live LP of their first show by Bomp Records. The Germs put numerous of great shows, the only bad thing was that Darby always had a hardtime getting his lips near the microphone or actually trying to sing, thats because most of the time he was either too drunk or too high on something. If you watch the documentary 'The Decline of Western Civilization Part 1' the manager of the band says that they tryed all kinds of things to get him to sing to the mic, glued the mic to his hand, ducktape it, forced him to sing without being drunked/high. I guess it never worked. Their first release was 'Lexicon Devil EP' in 1978 released by Slash Records, their fans were a bit happy that they released some sort of record, due to it was hard to tell live to what he was saying, even though they were not full satisfied with the EP. In 1979 they released their only studio LP '(GI)' by Slash Records again. The band split up quickly after the released. In 1980 Darby gets in contact with Pat and tells him to have a reunion show, claiming it was necessary to "put punk into perspective" for the punks on the scene. With the money they were going to make, Darby told Pat that he was going to use that money to buy heroin and use it for suicide, but since Darby has said things like that many times, Pat did not take it seriously. The reunion show went great, in fact it was described their best show. Crash commited suicide on December 7th, 1980 at the age of 22. He had overdose on China white heroin in a suicide pact with close friend Casey Cola, who ended up surviving. As he lay dying, he attempted to write "Here lies Darby Crash" on the wall, but did not finish. That was the end of the Germs, even though they reunited again in 2005 with some queer singer, band did not make any success and fans were just grossed out by it. Later in 2008 they came out with a Germs movie called 'What We Do Is Secret'. The movie was based on the life of Darby Crash, played by some pathetic idiot call 'Shane West'. The movie is horrible, not even worth seeing it. If you want to see a good movie about the California Punk scene from the late 70's early 80's, then try finding the movie call 'Suburbia', played by real punks from that era and was produced by the same lady that made 'The Decline of Western Civilization'. Well, the spirit of the Germs still lives on today, there's even a whole movement devoted to his name, there is even punks that calls them self 'Germ Punks'. Too bad Darby had to be a fucking idiot and take his life, he could have made thousands of records with the Germs, but he's not here any more. Enjoy!

1. Forming
2. Sex Boy [Live]
3. Lexicon Devil
4. Circle One
5. No God
6. What We Do Is Secret
7. Communist Eyes
8. Land of Treason
9. Richie Dagger's Crime
10. Strange Notes
11. American Leather
12. Lexicon Devil
13. Manimal
14. Our Way
15. We Must Bleed
16. Media Blitz
17. Other Newest One
18. Let's Pretend
19. Dragon Lady
20. Slave
21. Shut Down (Annihilation Man)
22. Caught in My Eye
23. Round and Round
24. My Tunnel
25. Throw It Away
26. Not All Right
27. Now I Hear the Laughter
28. Going Down
29. Lion's Share
30. Forming [2]


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