Germs (band)

The Germs were an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1976 to 1980. The band's main early lineup consisted of singer Darby Crash, guitarist Pat Smear, bassist Lorna Doom, and drummer Don Bolles. They released only one album, 1979's (GI), produced by Joan Jett, and were featured the following year in Penelope Spheeris' documentary film The Decline of Western Civilization, which chronicled the Los Angeles punk movement.

Germs
The Germs performing in 2009
Background information
Also known asSophistifuck and the Revlon Spam Queens, GI
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres
Years active
  • 1976–1980
  • 2005–2009
  • 2013
LabelsSlash
Associated acts
Past members

Germs disbanded following Crash's suicide in 1980. Their music was influential to many later punk rock acts. Smear went on to achieve greater fame performing with Nirvana and Foo Fighters.

In 2005, actor Shane West was cast to play Crash in the biographical film What We Do Is Secret, titled after a song by the Germs. He performed with Smear, Doom, and Bolles at a production party for the film, after which the Germs reformed with West as the singer. The new line-up of the band toured the United States several times, including performances on the 2006 and 2008 Warped Tours.


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