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Interview: Cheetah Chrome

The Dead Boys were short-lived, recording just two albums before they broke up. But their first album, 1977's Young, Loud and Snotty, was one of the great punk rock albums to come out of America. The band hailed from Cleveland, rising from the ashes of the legendary Rocket From The Tombs, but they made their mark in New York City as CBGB's regulars. Cheetah Chrome played guitar for both Rocket From The Tombs and the Dead Boys. He co-wrote the Dead Boys' signature song "Sonic Reducer", plus "Ain't It Fun" off their second album We've Come For Your Children. Cheetah Chrome and drummer Johnny Blitz recently reunited the Dead Boys to celebrate their debut album's 40th anniversary. Original Dead Boys singer Stiv Bators died in 1990 after being hit by a car; Jake Hout is the new singer. This interview was for a preview article for for the 5/29/19 Dead Boys show at The Garage in Ventura, California. It was done by phone on 5/3/19. (Jeff Fasano photo)

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