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The Germs - Cat's Clause

The Germs

Cat's Clause

Release date: August 21, 2020
Format: LP Album
The Germs are one of the most legendary and venerated of all LosAngeles hardcore punk bands. The roots of the group stemmed from the meeting of two minds at an alternative school in the late 1970s, whenfuture vocalist Jan Paul Beahm, AKA Darby Crash, met guitarist George Ruthenberg, AKA Pat Smear, the latter a reformed Jesus freak. Spearheading the west coast hardcore scene, the band burst into public consciousness with an explosive performance at The Whisky in 1977 (introduced by future Go Go Belinda Carlisle and KROQ disc jockey Rodney Bingenheimer), with Crash (then known as Bobby Pyn) and Smear joined by bassist Lorna Doom and drummer Donna Rhia, this line-up featuring on debut single, 'Forming. ' Crash's rambling, sneering andoften sarcastic vocals were the perfect foil to Smear's superfastthrash-guitar licks, and Smash was a dynamic frontman too, despite hisvolatile personality. After borrowing Weirdos drummer Nicky Beat forthe 'Lexicon Devil' single, debut album GI, incongruously produced byJoan Jett of The Runaways, saw the introduction of Arizona-borndrummer Nicky Bolles. The band's revered status and early innovationkept them on top of the LA punk scene heap, yet Crash ended upoverdosing on heroin in December 1980, his death an apparent suicide. After releasing solo material in the late 1980s, in 1992 Smear wasasked to replace John Frusciante in The Red Hot Chili Peppers butopted to join Nirvana instead, his presence there sparking the Germsrevival that yielded the outtakes and live rarities set, Cats Clause,which includes rare live material from the Hong Kong Caf, as well asmaterial from Crash's final concert at the Starwood in 1980, and more rare material, all accompanied by a lavish gatefold sleeve and a printed inner sleeve with rare photos and other memorabilia. Also included a 60x60cm poster!
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