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NEWS: Punk rock legend Cheetah Chrome's (the Dead Boys) Top 6 Music Videos

the Dead Boys, L to R:Jake Hout, Ricky Ratt, Cheetah Chrome, Johnny Blitz, Ginchy; Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano
18 August 2017

the Dead Boys, L to R:Jake Hout, Ricky Ratt, Cheetah Chrome, Johnny Blitz, Ginchy; Photo Credit: Jeff Fasano

Punk rock pioneers and provocateurs the Dead Boys celebrate the 40th anniversary of their landmark first album Young, Loud and Snotty, with a worldwide tour and a special re-recording of the classic record. Original members Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz have revived the Dead Boys for this special new album and tour to commemorate their seminal 1977 album.

Still Snotty: Young, Loud & Snotty at 40! comes out September 8th via Nashville-based Plowboy Records and the band will kick off a major US tour in Dallas, Texas on September 7th.

Formed in Cleveland in 1976, the Dead Boys were one of the first American acts to combine the proto-punk fervor of bands like The Stooges and the New York Dolls with a new level of intense energy. 1977 debut LP, Young, Loud and Snotty, was a landmark album in the birth of hardcore punk and produced one of the first great punk anthems, “Sonic Reducer.”

After one more album, the band split in 1979. They reunited for a few gigs in the 1980s, but following the death of lead vocalist Stiv Bators in 1990, the band members went their separate ways except for two brief reunions in 2004 and 2005. The return of the Dead Boys began with guitarist Cheetah Chrome.

Chrome states, “I’ve had my solo band for the last ten years, and Dead Boys songs have always been included in my shows and over time the right mix of people came together to pull off and at times enhance the Dead Boys sound. With the 40th anniversary of the Dead Boys on the horizon and a solid band that could interpret and deliver the performance and sound needed to maintain the authenticity of the Dead Boys, I reached out to Johnny Blitz about an anniversary tour and he said yes and we began the journey of what would become Still Snotty, with Jason Kottwitz on guitar, Detroit punk legend Ricky Rat on bass and vocalist Jake Hout from ‘zombie’ Dead Boys tribute band, the Undead Boys, the Dead Boys 40th anniversary tour started taking shape.”

With the line-up in place, the group brought the house down at a showcase performance at this year’s SXSW. Fresh from that success, the urge to capture a new take on the classic album was a natural next step.

Produced by Plowboy Records head Shannon Pollard and cut in just three days of sessions in Nashville’s historic Creative Workshop Studios, Still Snotty: Young, Loud & Snotty at 40! is an exciting chance to revisit a classic album. Think of it as a “Sonic Expander.”

“When Blitz and I are playing it’s like we’re 20 years old again, of course I feel a lot worse the next morning,” Chrome says with a laugh. “It’s still just as loud and snotty, we’re just old now.”

The Dead Boys live at the Whisky a Go Go. Filmed by Jake Perry on February 16th, 2017.

Cheetah Chrome has kindly taken the time to detail his Top 6 Music Videos exclusively for The Big Takeover, and it’s a classic list through and through:

The Rolling Stones – “Jumpin Jack Flash” (promo video)

Saw this in a movie with some fellow juvenile miscreants when I was about my son’s age (12) and I haven’t thought of the world in the same way since. Amazing attitude!

The Beatles – “Hey Jude” on David Frost’s Frost On Sunday

John Lennon chewing gum, George on six string bass, ‘Nuff said!

The Doors – “Light My Fire” on The Ed Sullivan show (extract)

I guess I should point out that we didn’t have video like we do now when I was growing up. We mostly saw pre-recorded TV performances or video clips provided to shows. I couldn’t find the entire video of this, but this was a rare, really live performance, and Morrison milked it. I sat around rethinking rock and roll for quite a few days after this. Morrison’s leather suit and throwing his mic over his shoulder was pretty radical stuff back then.

The Stooges – “TV Eye” and “I Feel Alright” at the Cincinnati Pop Festival

I couldn’t get to this show; had to settle for Ten Years After at the Allen Theatre the night before they played this festival as well. This was broadcast as a TV show called Midsummer Rock a few months later, and it was the first time I got to see the Stooges for real. I’d had the albums. Amazing, just amazing. This is the show where Stiv handed Iggy the jar of peanut butter he’d brought to eat.

MC5 – “Ramblin’ Rose”, “Kick Out The Jams”, and “ Looking At You” at Tartar Field, Wayne State University

Never saw this until it hit YouTube, but Whew!!, Brother Wayne had some moves, and they were no less glorious than expected.

The Replacements – “Bastards Of Young”

Best video of the MTV age!

 

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