Dead Boys - Young Loud and Snotty (Cover Artwork)

Dead Boys

Dead Boys: Young Loud and SnottyYoung Loud and Snotty (1977)
Warner Music Group

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Contributed by: Wet Wild Willy Worm
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1977, the ultimate year for punk rock. Before the leather jacket, spiky haired uniforms, before "New Wave" became a recognized genre of music... 1977 was the greatest year for any punk on the scene... And, sadly enough, many excellent records by great bands got lost or unrecognized in the bigger .

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1977, the ultimate year for punk rock. Before the leather jacket, spiky haired uniforms, before "New Wave" became a recognized genre of music...

1977 was the greatest year for any punk on the scene... And, sadly enough, many excellent records by great bands got lost or unrecognized in the bigger flow of things.

The Dead Boys were one such band.

Growing up in the Cleveland area, in Catholic schools, the members of this band were typical punks. Rebellious, disgruntled, and looking for a fight.

Originally named "Frankenstein", the Dead Boys were kicked out of their venue after playing and moved to New York to join in a "scene" which they knew very little about.

Needless to say, the Dead Boys fit right in with the rest of the bands that played at C.B.G.B.'s or Max's Kansas City. Fed up with the wimpy crap that was popular rock at that time, they, with the Ramones and many other bands, got up on stage with a mission to piss off and annoy.

Eventually, they got the recognition they so deserved and thusly, this album was born.

"Young Loud And Snotty" perfectly describes the sound and essence of this record. While Cheeta Chromee (Lead guitar), Jimmy Zero (Rhythm guitar), Jeff Magnum (Bass), and Johnny Blitz (the drummer, who was later shot) are all excellent rock n' roll musicians, their vocalist Stiv Bators is the star of the show. Mixing Iggy Pop type whoops with his own unique style, Stiv was probably one of the greatest live performers in the history of the genre. In fact, Iggy himself said that Stiv was the second best vocalist, next to Jim Morrison.

The songs perfectly describe the average life of a New York punk at that time, being about sex, drugs, and isolation. The music sounds like Iggy and the Stooges, but a little better. You'll have to make your own evaluation of it, for I its hard to make an objective opinion about such matters.

Overall, a great album. One of the overlooked classics of 1977.

If you want to learn more about the band, Stiv, their other album and a whole lot of other stuff, click on the band link.


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totalstranga (July 25, 2006)

Down In Flames!!!! Its a shame Stiv, Thunders and Dee Dee never formed the supergroup mentioned in Dee Dee's book. Maybe now they are all playing together somewhere....

JakeRazor (July 11, 2006)

Love it love it love it

thrasher (June 21, 2005)

for me the best old skool punk band YeAH!

rrzon (October 23, 2004)

I remember when punk was this fun and very few bands these days have a clue.

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

"There are tons of great NEW albums that deserve your attention."

Are there really?

Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

"Cheeta Chromee"

Oh my god I even mispelled Cheeta Chrome's name... horrible...

The music is a perfect example of early American punk... Very tight, without being expert players or progressive rockers. That is not to say they sound anything like the Ramones, they actually sound more like the New York Dolls meet the Stooges with a bit of Ramones-esque simplicity and Television trademark intertwining guitars. Stiv's vocals are reminiscent of Iggy Pop, yet with more of a throat-scarred sound and, in my opinion, much more unique.

Wasn't trying to name drop...


Anonymous (March 20, 2003)

"One of the overlooked classics of 1977."

I'm sorry for the poor quality of my review... And that comment was by modern standards... I don't believe too many kids know who these guys are. Also, I never claimed that they didn't write songs before they got to New York once, so the "Ain't Nothin to Do in NYC... I don't think so!" comment was a bit out of place... None of my friends knew who these guys were before I told them about the Dead Boys... Sorry for the quality, though. It's a shame. The Dead Boys deserved better, but it was midterm week for freshmen in NKC.

-Wet Wild Willy Whatever

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

Why do people say punk died in 77? I'd say it was still in it's infancy.

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

Hey I tried to start something going here with the 77 punk bands - UK Subs, GBH, Sham 69, Partisans!

Anonymous (March 19, 2003)

stiv bators is the only good thing to ever come out of youngstown

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

I think it was important for at least some punk band out of 77 get some mentioning. Nobody had a problem when the Misfits got a review here.

Besides, I'd rather read this than another NFG or Sum 41 review.

waste_elite (March 18, 2003)

"Also I think the only punk album that deserves 5 stars is Angelic Upstarts-2million voices."

you're an idiot


i would much rather read a dead boys review than another fucking reggie and the full effect, ataris, or afi review.

this record is an essential

steakhouse (March 18, 2003)

Yes the dead boys were one of the best bands to come out of the 77 era but to say they are underrated is just not true. I think the dead boys are one of the most recognized punk bands from this country. I do think that there is a reason to review this record now. Just look at the kind of bands that are covered on this site. All the pop punk mall emo bands trying to cash in on the new fad. Just because you know who the dead boys were doesn't mean the kids that listen to that stuff do. Maybe this review will turn someone on to the dead boys and lead them to other decent punk bands. By the way most of these songs were written before the dead boys moved from ohio. Some of these songs are remakes of rocket fom the tombs. "Ain't nothing to do" in NYC I don't think so. Also no hard feelings but next time you write a review plaese talk about the songs and music. This review reads like a press kit.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

Stiv was from y area. His parents come into the record store I work at.

This is one of the most underrated punk bands of all time.


Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

I love you for reviewing this album. It's actually been in my stereo the past week or so now.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

Again, this album is a classic, as anyone with half a brain could tell you...but why review it in 2003? I thought this was punknews.org, not punkhistory.org....

There are tons of great NEW albums that deserve your attention.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

good band, good album, bad review.

Also I think the only punk album that deserves 5 stars is Angelic Upstarts-2million voices.


Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

Some old guy i met at a car wash the other day noticed my black flag sticker and said that he knew DOA and used to hang with the Dead Boys....just found that interesting.

Anonymous (March 18, 2003)

um... this album is classic, but this review is awful. no one needs a history lesson. Why do you submit a review at all if for you 'it's hard to make an objective opinion of such matters'?

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