Dead Boys

Twistin' on the Devil's Fork: Live at CBGB's

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Who wouldn't welcome another live LP of this hot bunch in their prime -- especially one recorded (October 2, 1977 and August 31, 1978) at the famous club with the powerful sound system they considered their post-Cleveland home turf? Mind you, as block letters on the sleeve warn, Twistin' is "low-fidelity raw." So, though the band rockets through slashers such as "High Tension Wire" and "Down in Flames" with even more power crunch than on Young Loud & Snotty and roars through "Catholic Boy" and "I Wont Look Back" with the ferocity missing from We Have Come For Your Children (!), you have to listen carefully. Still, you should! Even more than the better-sounding Bomp! CD Night of the Living Dead Boys (also CBGB, 3/79), the Dead Boys' wild fury here completely justifies this muddy document. (Hurrah for Stiv Bators' impromptu Kiss diss in "3rd Generation Nation," too -- see? Punks knew better!) And after hearing this CD, even having seen Dead Boys a few times the following year, anyone would wish they were back at Bleeker and Bowery, when CBs was the center of the world and time stood still for whole nights.

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