La provvidenziale Rhino Records il 22 giugno pubblica ‘Live At The Starwood: December 3, 1980’: l’ultimo concerto dei seminali Germs. La formazione originale che passa alla storia – Darby Crash, Pat Smear, Lorna Doom e Don Bolles – aveva debuttato tre anni prima con il singolo ‘Forming’/’Sexboy’. Crash si toglierà la vita quattro giorni dopo questo imperdibile e storico documento che la label presenta così:

The unique packaging has a genuine DIY feel including black and white liner notes folded and stapled to resemble a punk fanzine, a reproduction of the handwritten set list, and an 8 1/2″ x 11″ replica of the original poster for the show. The collection’s liner notes provide a vivid eyewitness account of the show penned by Jonathan Gold. Describing the band’s place in history, he writes: “The Germs are to the Los Angeles punk scene what Brian Jones was to the Stones or Syd Barrett to Pink Floyd-the primal creative force that was both too flatulent to live with and too vital to have come into being without.”

The disc contains the entire unreleased concert, considered by many fans to be The Germs’ finest hour. Performing together for the first time in a year, the quartet played possessed, blasting rapid-fire through nearly every song in its arsenal. After opening with “Circle One” from the 1978 EP Lexicon Devil, the band bashed its way through all but two songs from (GI)-the band’s sole studio album-including “What We Do Is Secret,” “Our Way,” and “Shut Down (Annihilation Man).” “Caught In My Eye,” an outtake from the (GI) recording sessions found its way onto the set list as well. The disc also features Lion’s Share,” a track the band recorded in 1979 with producer Jack Nitzsche for Cruising, a film starring Al Pacino; “No God” from the Lexicon Devil EP; a cover of Public Image Ltd’s; “Public Image”; and “Forming” the first song the quartet recorded together.

Track list:

1. “Circle One”
2. “Manimal”
3. “Caught In My Eye”
4. “Lion’s Share”
5. “No God”
6. “Our Way”
7. “Strange Notes”
8. “What We Do Is Secret”
9. “Richie Dagger’s Crime”
10. “Land Of Treason”
11. “My Tunnel”
12. “Media Blitz”
13. “Communist Eyes”
14. “The Other Newest One”
15. “Let’s Pretend”
16. “Forming”
17. “Lexicon Devil”
18. “Shut Down (Annihilation Man)”
19. “Public Image”
20. “American Leather”
21. “We Must Bleed”
22. “Richie Dagger’s Crime” (Reprise)


  1. Fantastico, starà benissimo sul mio scaffale di fianco a ‘(MIA) – The Complete Anthology’ (si, lo so, avrei dovuto scrivere ‘GI’ ma l’antologia lo include interamente e in ordine)


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