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Record of the Day - 04-16-2022

Dead Boys - Young Loud And Snotty

I can’t think of many album titles more fitting and perfectly descriptive than Dead Boys’ “Young Loud and Snotty” - our Record of the Day. I really don’t need to say much more. This was when punk was in its early stages, when it was still dangerous. It has that wonderful, dirty rock n’roll vibe of proto-punk bands such as The Stooges mixed with furious energy. Stiv Bators’ raspy vocals are perfectly imperfect but hidden underneath the grit are catchy melodies resulting from his love for 60’s pop tunes. Cheetah Chrome and Jimmy Zero’s guitar playing oozes swagger and is rooted in blues much more firmly than that of many of their scene contemporaries. The Dead Boys caught lightning in a bottle. They may have not lasted long, but they created an album that united everything that is great about punk. One of the essential American punk records. 

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