We are still talking about the Dead Boys in 2009 for legitimate reasons. As transplants, in New York they outpunked everyone on the Bowery circuit with all the obligatory violence, nihilism, masochism, and vulgarity found in the UK at the time, but to more of an extreme.
This show captures these cretins just after they returned from Florida after losing their minds recording their follow up effort with Felix Pappalardi. The whole scheme seemed weird from the launch, as Pappalardi was an esteemed figure in the dinosaur rock movement they were trying to dismantle: he had previously been in Mountain and produced Cream. The result was an album that had slightly less superior songs due to the typical second album drought and weak production. The record’s best track is probably “Ain’t It Fun” because Peter Laughner was partially responsible for it.
The sound and performance on this cassette is excellent throughout. It features a strong soundboard recording boasting a mix that is clean enough to satisfy auralists and aggressive enough to still deliver some vitriol. “Caught With the Meat In Your Mouth” is sardonically dedicated to Mama Cass Elliot and “Tell Me” is introduced as being “written by a bunch of junkies”. It’s this type of attitude that makes this show great and the Dead Boys outstanding when considering the overall canon of punk bands emerging from the late 1970s scene. Download this one and you won’t be sorry.