The Dead Boys originally formed in 1975, and were one of the premier US based Punk Bands. Punk for some reason did grab the American audiences with the fervor found in the UK during this same period. That is not to say that they did not have a large and loyal American fan base, because they most certainly did. Having Joey Ramone, the Ramones’ lead singer as their chief evangelist clearly helped a great deal.  By 1979 though they had run their course and the members went their separate ways.

In 1986, and probably at the behest of Joey Ramone (seeing as he is the person who introduces them on stage) they regrouped in 1986 for a reunion concert. Not just any concert but one at the glorious Ritz in New York city. As the sleeve notes say, in pre-Disney New York. No doubt indie filmmaker Richard Sandler would love that comment, he makes much of the ‘Disneyfication’ in his movie ‘Gods of Times Square’.

The boys pull off a fine concert Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Jimmy Zero, Jeff Magnum and Johnny Blitz managed to pull off a gig that made it look as if they had been playing together for decades, not just a one night stand.

It is loud, it is obnoxious, it is just what you expect from punk! Well lets face it, if it wasn’t that way I wouldn’t be punk. For you punk fans, they managed to squeeze in their ‘anthem’ Sonic Reducer twice into the show! If

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Simon Barrett

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