Dead Boys

Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ

The Dead Boys
Brighton Bar, Long Branch, NJ 11/2/2017
by Dennis Morgillo
Photo Credit: Jeff Crespi

It’s been almost 40 years to the day that the Dead Boys released ‘Young, Loud and Snotty’, in October 1977. ‘Snotty’ is one of the greatest Punk albums, by one of the greatest Punk bands. The Dead Boys are the real deal. Originally from Cleveland, they relocated to NYC and soon became the toast of the town and regulars at CBGB’s. The Dead Boys were: Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Johnny Blitz, Jeff Magnum & Jimmy Zero. 

For the 40th Anniversary, Cheetah and Johnny announced a major tour and a re recorded version of the album. ‘Still Snotty: Young, Loud and Snotty at 40’ was released in September 2017. Along with Cheetah Chrome and Johnny Blitz, the tour and album features 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 Brighton Bar in Long Branch NJ is the perfect place to see a punk show. It is an  Old School Punk bar in the vein of CBGB. Dark, dirty, packed, sweaty and snotty. The Dead Boys came out swinging. The pure energy, and raw power coming from the band was amazing. The opening notes of Sonic Reducer(One of Punk’s great anthems) shook me to my core. 

The band is tight and right on point. The dual guitars of Cheetah and Jason, are perfect together. The rhythm section of Johnny and Ricky holds it all together. Cheetah Chrome has been handling the singing for the last 20 years because he could not find anyone authentic enough to step in Stiv’s shoes. Stiv Bators considered one of the greatest frontmen in the business, died in 1990. Jake Hout is a perfect choice as singer. Jake pays homage to Stiv, but keeps it true and authentic. Jake’s own personality shines through, and he nails the vocals and the sneer. 

The band rips through the album in it’s entirety with reckless abandonment. It sounds fresh and new. The edge is there, it’s all about the energy and the sweat. I love this fuckin’ band. I love these fuckin’ songs! I think Stiv would be proud. Count me in for the 41st anniversary and hopefully the 50th! 

Set List:        
Sonic Reducer
All This And More
What Love Is
Not Anymore
Ain't Nothin' to Do
Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth
Calling On You
I Need Lunch
High Tension Wire
Down in Flames
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