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10 things you probably didn’t know about Darby Crash (The Germs)

Just about everybody in the punk scene knows the name Darby Crash.  A lot of you probably even know he was the vocalist for the 70’s punk outfit The Germs. Darby took his own life at 22 but his legend lives on and we’d like to celebrate it by sharing with you 10 things you probably didn’t know about this punk rock icon.

Expand your knowledge below.



Punk Rock Trivia: Germs are everywhere

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia is about The Germs and the lasting effects their members have had on the music world at large.

In 1977, when the Germs were still looking for a consistent line up, they briefly enlisted the help of a drummer who went by the name of “Dottie Danger”. Due to an extended bout of mononucleosis, Dottie Danger never actually got to play a show with the band. She exited the band soon after, and, under her real name, formed a new band as lead singer. Belinda Carlisle and the Go-Gos. Perhaps you’ve heard of them.

But the popular new wave group isn’t the only group to have achieved mainstream success with connections to the legendary punk band. In 1993, Germs guitarist Pat Smear was asked by Kurt Cobain to join Nirvana as a second live guitarist, appearing with the band for their “MTV Unplugged” performance. His time in Nirvana led to a friendship with Dave Grohl, who then invited him to join the Foo Fighters. Smear plays on the albums “The Colour and the Shape” (1997) and “Wasting Light” (2011), and makes an appearance on the acoustic “Skin and Bones” (2006) album as well.

And of course let us not forget that, even though she wasn’t a member of the band, the one and only Joan Jett was also involved with the Germs, having been the producer of “(GI)”.



Fun Fact Friday: The Foo Fighters connection with Punk Rock

Every Friday the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene unleash some punk rock trivia. Today’s “fun factoid” is about famed grunge rockers Foo Fighters and their unlikely “punk” connection.

When you all think of Dave Grohl, you probably recognize him as the former drummer of the legendary grunge act Nirvana and as the current vocalist / guitarist / song-writer of hard rock heavy hitters Foo Fighters. There’s a huge punk rock connection with several members of the Foo Fighters, however, that you may not be aware of. Dave wears his punk rock roots on his sleeves as stated in numerous interviews. He used to play in a D.C. based hardcore punk band called Scream, which put out albums on Ian MacKaye’s of Minor Threat‘s  label Discord Records.  Franz Stahl, the guitarist for Scream was briefly a member of the Foo Fighters and performed on the album “The Colour and the Shape.” Foo Fighters guitar player, Chris Shiflett, used to be in No Use For A Name and Foo Fighters other guitar player, Pat Smear, played in legendary L.A. punk act The Germs.



New material from The Germs

m_93d4ecb8ecdd4c6e933d0c7b46167905Punk pioneers, The Germs, are releasing new material. Yes, you heard it right…they are heading back to the studio and creating new material for the first time in 30 years. Drummer Don Bolles said the tracks will consist of “new old material, so it’s still Darby and Pat compositions“. They hope to have it out by early 2010. Be sure to keep checking back for updates…as soon as we know anything..you’ll know.

They released only one album, “GI” in 1979.