With the birth of CBGB in New York, punk was able to thrive in a tight knit community of artists like the Gorilla Biscuits, Youth of Today, and Cro-Mags with that authentic New York attitude. While coming from D.C., Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Idle Hands, and Youth Brigade stretched across the Eastern Seaboard as the standing kings of punk. Stemming from Cleveland, there was a group that help originate that sound however, establishing themselves as the Dead Boys.
Their 1977 release, Young, Loud and Snottywas a message to music and the populations that surrounded it. With a standout front track, wild antics for the stages, and a destroy-it-all attitude; the Dead Boys fit right in with the right crowd. Forming seamlessly into CGBG, becoming regulars at the venue for both performance and crowd support. With their first opening track, “Sonic Reducer” there is this call to action behind the low tuned percussion and headstrong guitar work. Stiv Bators leads the vocal assault while Cheetah Chrome holds down on the lead guitar. Jimmy Zero uses the rhythm guitar and follows Johnny Blitz on percussion. Finally, there is Jeff Magnum on the bass guitar that works to cut and slice through the backbone of the track, forming uneven notches.
From their memorable stints of comedic lyricism, the moving instrumentation, and the influence that came behind them. The Dead Boys continues to influence music even after 40-years of their first debut release.