17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2003
This album is the best punk album I've got and have ever heard. This really is as cool as punk ever got. Most punk albums I find I like a few songs and kinda hate the rest of them. It's rare to find an album that's good all the way through - but this one really is; no fillers - just good songs. I think their record label at the time where allegedly a good part of the reason that they only recorded two studio albums and didn't get the publicity they deserved(Lou Reed was going to produce their 2nd one but the record label changed that). They played at CBGB's with The Ramones and Blondie among others and John Belushi("The") played drums with them there more than once.
This band where part of the scene where it all started and the singer Stiv Bator/s used to see Madonna, while the drummers wife later got married to James Caan!! what I'm trying to convey to you here is that these guys were cool and so is this music.
I happened across the band last week while looking through Amazon reviews & links (which you've got to admit is pretty d_mn usefull) and the name rang a bell from reading Kerrang in the eighties, something I meant to buy but forgot to along the way. It's instantly become one of my all time favourite albums.
Hopefully with bands like The Strokes having come along and "Saved Rock n' Roll", lost gems like the Dead Boys will get some of the recognition they REALLY DESERVE before they're forgotten forever. Do yourself a favour - buy this album and enjoy it; it's good music.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 8 July 2000
The Dead Boys never made it as big as those other purveyors of New York punk, Blondie and The Ramones, but their debut album is worth checking out. It's high-octane thrills all the way, starting with punk classic "Sonic Reducer" (one of the tracks borrowed from the demise of the original Rockets from the Tomb), the first five tracks are all highlights on the album.
"Hey Little Girl" isn't my favourite version of Syndicate of Sound's garage punk classic, but it is
competently done and worth a listen. The fact that this live track was recorded in legendary punk hangout CBGBs (one time home of the aforementioned Blondie and The Ramones among others) makes it an even worthier addition to the album.
The Dead Boys retain some of the rockabilly feel of Rocket from the Tomb (both bands were originally from Cleveland) and are essentially Gene Vincent on speed. The late Stiv Bators was a manic frontman and Cheetah Chrome on lead guitar with Jeff Magnum on bass give able support. If you like your punk rock hard and fast, this is definetly worth a listen (or ten).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Dead Boys never really broke through into the public's consciousness, despite being one of the earlier punk bands. On 'YLS' though, they're focussed on their anger and buzzsaw guitars, Stiv Bators muttering and cursing between his hoarse vocals. The cover shot shows the band lurking like rats in an alley and their musical world is indeed that of a disease-infested underclass. Edgy and exciting almost throughout, they slip up occasionally: 'What Love Is,' for instance, doesn't have the intensity of most of the other songs. 'Sonic Reducer' sets the pace with an arresting intro, while 'Not Anymore' relies heavily on an impassioned delivery and the blam blam of 'Ain't Nothin' To Do' is punk at its best. The live 'Hey Little Girl' is another highlight. This is a popular punk track, having been also recorded by The Banned at around the same time. 'YLS' is an important addition for anyone who likes this genre.
on 11 October 2014
I always thought The Dead Boys were a perfect hybrid of the 2 major Punk scenes of the 70s, New York and London. Whilst the music is undoubtedly rock based, they embraced the wildness of the Sex Pistols and Ramones and added big helpings of adolescent humour. In their short career they made only 2 albums, this excellent debut and an awful turkey of a follow up.
Young, Loud and Snotty was made very early in their career, Jeff Magnum's on the cover but he was yet to take on bass duties, it admirably captures the energy and positivity of a band that's just found their groove. These boys could also play well, Cheetah Chrome sounds like a junior James Williamson which fits nicely with Stiv Bators doing Iggy and Johnny Blitz plays out his Keith Moon fantasies. The band are tight and lay a solid foundation for Stiv to scream, bray and complain over. They have such an accomplished sound that even the covers sound like their own tunes. The classics associated with the band are all present, 'Sonic Reducer', 'Caught With The Meat ....' and 'High Tension Wire' sound great as does the whole album. It's a consistent piece of work and a great legacy. If only they'd split up after this release.
It's a damn fine album but I actually prefer Chrome and Blitz's previous band, the awesome Rocket From The Tombs. A couple of the tracks on this album originate from RFTT only the past versions sound even better. There's a brilliant RFTT compilation doing the rounds and I suggest you do as I did and aquire both albums as they are 2 essential punk rock artefacts..
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 March 2002
This record is one of the most important historical pieces of the punk movement in New York. Pretty much following in the steps of the Ramones (Though probably more side by side than following, in a sense..), THE DEAD BOYS played the CBGS and all those places etc The record is packed with 100% rocknroll(you know, in a Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers kindaway, but 10 times harder and more 10 times more angryer without becoming crust or hardcore) punk, from Sonic Reducer (probably the best punk song ever, by all standards..) and songs like Flametrower love and I need lunch. In a way, I suppose one can see the similarities between Stiv Bators (the singer) and Iggy Pop, both being very wild and crazy but still right on the point of being dead serious about the songs. As you might see, there is much to be said about this band (most have been said in the book "Please Kill Me" for ex.), but still unfortunally the Dead Boys have not really been awarded their right place in history (in contrast to people like that Adam Ant or..eh..Sex Pistols). What I am trying to write here is:BUY THIS RECORD! (It can have a very significant effect on your life!) Oh, by the way, buy it on VINYL if possible, otherwise you would lose some vital DIST SOUNDS. "Wouldn't you?" as Burroughs would had said, probably....