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Dead Boys, No Hoax, Clean Room

  • Frequency 121 West Main Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The Dead Boys' 1977 debut album, Young, Loud & Snotty, turns 40 this year, and original members Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz have formed a new line-up to tour and re-record the record that's their claim to punk rock fame. Formed in Cleveland after the collapse of Rocket From The Tombs (which also birthed Pere Ubu), the Dead Boys moved to New York City in 1976 and quickly upped the ante on the burgeoning punk scene with their violent and crass antics before breaking up three years later. You can hear a lot of what became punk-rock orthodoxy on Young, Loud & Snotty. Chrome's chainsaw guitar attack, Stiv Bators' snarling vocals, and the songs' antisocial, juvenile lyrics set the standard for generations of spiky-haired miscreants that followed. It's easy at this point to be cynical about old punk bands reuniting without key members (Bators died in 1990), but the Dead Boys aren't as reunion-happy as many. For some people, hearing aging punks sing the lyrics of "Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth" might seem a bit cringe-worthy, but for fans this is a rare chance to see some first-wave punks perform their signature songs. Locals No Hoax and Clean Room open. —Ian Adcock

Earlier Event: October 25
Cults, Cullen Omori, Hideout
Later Event: October 26
Chasing Trane (free)