History Music / TheGerms

25th Apr '16 11:20:53 PM aye_amber
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* BadassBoast: "Richie Dagger's Crime" is a combination of this, a few lines from a poem called ''Astrid'' Darby had written before the Germs began, and a tribute of sorts to DavidBowie (more specifically, his tendency to switch alter-egos).

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* BadassBoast: "Richie Dagger's Crime" is a combination of this, a few lines from a poem called ''Astrid'' Darby had written before the Germs began, and a tribute of sorts to DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie (more specifically, his tendency to switch alter-egos).



* DrivenToSuicide: Darby, via heroin overdose. Fans have multiple theories why he killed himself; according to "Wild-Eyed Boy: The Darby Crash Story", Darby's sexuality played a factor in his suicide (especially with bands with homophobic banter and lyrics like Music/{{Fear}} and the macho jock mentality permeating the scene); ''What We Do is Secret'' mentioned a five year plan for RuleOfDrama and as a DavidBowie shout-out, and there's always the camp that claims he never meant to overdose.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Darby, via heroin overdose. Fans have multiple theories why he killed himself; according to "Wild-Eyed Boy: The Darby Crash Story", Darby's sexuality played a factor in his suicide (especially with bands with homophobic banter and lyrics like Music/{{Fear}} and the macho jock mentality permeating the scene); ''What We Do is Secret'' mentioned a five year plan for RuleOfDrama and as a DavidBowie Music/DavidBowie shout-out, and there's always the camp that claims he never meant to overdose.
25th Dec '15 10:11:42 PM CassandraLeo
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The band released one album - 1979's ''(GI)'', produced by Music/JoanJett - before vocalist Darby Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose on December 7th, 1980, whose death was overshadowed by the murder of Music/JohnLennon a day later. In 2005, the band reunited with Shane West on vocals to mixed reception among the punk community (the most vocal of those who disliked the reunion include [[Music/{{NOFX}} Fat Mike]] and [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]]), and a film featuring Shane as Darby Crash titled ''Film/WhatWeDoIsSecret'' came out in 2008.

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The band released one album - 1979's ''(GI)'', produced by Music/JoanJett - before vocalist Darby Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose on December 7th, 1980, whose death was overshadowed by the murder of Music/JohnLennon a day later. In 2005, the band reunited with Shane West on vocals to mixed reception among the punk community (the most vocal of those who disliked the reunion include [[Music/{{NOFX}} Fat Mike]] and [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]]), Music/JelloBiafra), and a film featuring Shane as Darby Crash titled ''Film/WhatWeDoIsSecret'' came out in 2008.
4th Sep '15 4:45:12 PM MikeK
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** Briefly averted by the introduction to "No God", where Pat Smear manages a near-flawless replication of a few seconds of the introduction to "Roundabout" by {{Music/Yes}} (which comes off as surprising, unless you didn't know that "Roundabout" was the first song he'd learned how to play on guitar)...and then the proper song starts; it's much more in line with their usual sloppy ThreeChordsAndTheTruth style.

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** Briefly averted by the introduction to "No God", where Pat Smear manages a near-flawless replication of a few seconds of the introduction to "Roundabout" by {{Music/Yes}} (which comes off as surprising, unless you didn't happen to know that "Roundabout" was the first song he'd learned how to play on guitar)...and then the proper song starts; it's much more in line with their usual sloppy ThreeChordsAndTheTruth style.
9th Jul '15 6:26:05 PM BadSplice
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[[caption-width-right:300: The current lineup from left to right: [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Lorna]] [[PunnyName Doom]], [[AllDrummersAreAnimals Don Bolles]], Shane West and [[BreakupBreakout Pat Smear]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:300: The current lineup from left to right: [[TheSmurfettePrinciple Lorna]] [[PunnyName Doom]], [[AllDrummersAreAnimals Don Bolles]], [[ReplacementScrappy Shane West West]] and [[BreakupBreakout Pat Smear]].]]
14th Feb '15 12:49:23 AM MikeK
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* PunnyName: Lorna Doom and Pat Smear.

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* PunnyName: Lorna Doom [[note]]a parody of ''Literature/LornaDoone''[[/note]] and Pat Smear.
15th Jan '15 12:36:43 AM RampinUp46
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The band released one album - 1979's ''(GI)'', produced by Music/JoanJett - before vocalist Darby Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose on December 7th, 1980, who's death was overshadowed by the murder of Music/JohnLennon a day later. In 2005, the band reunited with Shane West on vocals to mixed reception among the punk community, and a film featuring Shane as Darby Crash titled ''Film/WhatWeDoIsSecret'' came out in 2008.

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The band released one album - 1979's ''(GI)'', produced by Music/JoanJett - before vocalist Darby Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose on December 7th, 1980, who's whose death was overshadowed by the murder of Music/JohnLennon a day later. In 2005, the band reunited with Shane West on vocals to mixed reception among the punk community, community (the most vocal of those who disliked the reunion include [[Music/{{NOFX}} Fat Mike]] and [[Music/DeadKennedys Jello Biafra]]), and a film featuring Shane as Darby Crash titled ''Film/WhatWeDoIsSecret'' came out in 2008.



* CatchPhrase: Darby would frequently utter "gimme" as opposed to asking for something. "Gimme a dollar", "Gimme a beer", and "Gimme a ride to the Whiskey", among other variations of that phrase were frequently heard by those in Darby's circle.

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* CatchPhrase: Darby would frequently utter "gimme" as opposed to politely asking for something. "Gimme a dollar", "Gimme a beer", and "Gimme a ride to the Whiskey", among other variations of that phrase were frequently heard by those in Darby's circle.



* DeadpanSnarker: Darby was this before the end of his life.

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* DeadpanSnarker: When he wasn't acting like an ass, Darby was this before the end of his life.would come off as a rather snarky individual.



** Briefly averted by the introduction to "No God", where Pat Smear surprisingly manages a near-flawless replication of a few seconds of the introduction to "Roundabout" by {{Music/Yes}}... Then the proper song starts and it's much more in line with their usual sloppy ThreeChordsAndTheTruth style.
* DrivenToSuicide: Darby, via heroin overdose. Fans have multiple theories why he killed himself; according to "Wild-Eyed Boy: The Darby Crash Story", Darby's sexuality played a factor in his suicide (especially with bands like Music/{{Fear}} and their macho attitudes permeating the scene); ''What We Do is Secret'' mentioned a five year plan for RuleOfDrama and as a DavidBowie shout-out, and there's always the camp that claims he never meant to overdose.

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** Briefly averted by the introduction to "No God", where Pat Smear surprisingly manages a near-flawless replication of a few seconds of the introduction to "Roundabout" by {{Music/Yes}}... Then {{Music/Yes}} (which comes off as surprising, unless you didn't know that "Roundabout" was the first song he'd learned how to play on guitar)...and then the proper song starts and starts; it's much more in line with their usual sloppy ThreeChordsAndTheTruth style.
* DrivenToSuicide: Darby, via heroin overdose. Fans have multiple theories why he killed himself; according to "Wild-Eyed Boy: The Darby Crash Story", Darby's sexuality played a factor in his suicide (especially with bands with homophobic banter and lyrics like Music/{{Fear}} and their the macho attitudes jock mentality permeating the scene); ''What We Do is Secret'' mentioned a five year plan for RuleOfDrama and as a DavidBowie shout-out, and there's always the camp that claims he never meant to overdose.



* WordSaladLyrics: Darby's lyrics would qualify as this.

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* WordSaladLyrics: Darby's lyrics (which started out most of the time as poetry) would qualify as this.
18th Aug '14 12:52:20 AM RampinUp46
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The band released one album - 1979's ''(GI)'', produced by Music/JoanJett - before vocalist Darby Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose on December 7th, 1980, who's death was overshadowed by the murder of Music/JohnLennon a day later. In 2005, the band reunited with Shane West on vocals to mixed reception among the punk community, and a film featuring Shane as Darby Crash titled ''What We Do is Secret'' came out in 2008.

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The band released one album - 1979's ''(GI)'', produced by Music/JoanJett - before vocalist Darby Crash died of an intentional heroin overdose on December 7th, 1980, who's death was overshadowed by the murder of Music/JohnLennon a day later. In 2005, the band reunited with Shane West on vocals to mixed reception among the punk community, and a film featuring Shane as Darby Crash titled ''What We Do is Secret'' ''Film/WhatWeDoIsSecret'' came out in 2008.
16th Aug '14 2:06:28 AM RampinUp46
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** "We Must Bleed" ends with a shouted "I want out now!" repeated several times as an outro before descending into {{Angrish}}.
16th Aug '14 2:01:20 AM RampinUp46
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* SpokenWordInMusic / MusicalColdOpen: "Circle One" begins with someone saying "Ready, aim, fire" before the song begins.

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* SpokenWordInMusic / MusicalColdOpen: LyricalColdOpen: "Circle One" begins with someone saying "Ready, aim, fire" before the song begins.
16th Aug '14 2:00:00 AM RampinUp46
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* BadassBoast: "Richie Dagger's Crime" is a combination of this, a few lines from a poem called ''Astrid'' Darby had written before the Germs began, and a tribute of sorts to DavidBowie (more specifically, his tendency to switch alter-egos).
* BiTheWay: Darby was apparently either bisexual and experimented with women but leaned towards men more, or just plain gay, depending on who you ask.



* BrilliantButLazy: Darby and Pat were frequently given these attributes in their days at school. According to the teachers, Darby had started something resembling a cult among the students, and in an attempt to keep them off campus and reverse the "antisocial behavior", they were given straight-A's if they agreed never to return. They did anyway.

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* BrilliantButLazy: Darby and Pat were frequently given these attributes in their days at school. According to the teachers, Darby had started something resembling a cult among the students, students (followers apparently thought of Darby and Pat as God and Jesus, respectively, carried around copies of ''Helter Skelter'' and drew X's on their foreheads, and skipped school with the two to trip on acid and eat fruit), and in an attempt to keep them off campus and reverse the "antisocial behavior", they were given straight-A's if they agreed never to return. They did anyway.anyway.
* CatchPhrase: Darby would frequently utter "gimme" as opposed to asking for something. "Gimme a dollar", "Gimme a beer", and "Gimme a ride to the Whiskey", among other variations of that phrase were frequently heard by those in Darby's circle.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Darby's real father was a Swedish sailor whom he never got to meet before finding out he'd died, his older brother died of a heroin overdose (rumored to be a pissed off dealer having his revenge after said brother ratted him out), and the only real father figure he'd known died of a heart attack as a child. Top that off with a mother busting her ass until the day he died to provide for her family (especially towards Darby's love of reading/books), and you get a home life that tends to slide towards the "pretty bad" end of the scale.



* DrivenToSuicide: Darby, via heroin overdose. Fans have multiple theories why he killed himself; according to "Wild-Eyed Boy: The Darby Crash Story", Darby's homosexuality played a factor in his suicide; ''What We Do is Secret'' mentioned a five year plan for RuleOfDrama, and there's always the camp that claims he never meant to overdose.

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* DrivenToSuicide: Darby, via heroin overdose. Fans have multiple theories why he killed himself; according to "Wild-Eyed Boy: The Darby Crash Story", Darby's homosexuality sexuality played a factor in his suicide; suicide (especially with bands like Music/{{Fear}} and their macho attitudes permeating the scene); ''What We Do is Secret'' mentioned a five year plan for RuleOfDrama, RuleOfDrama and as a DavidBowie shout-out, and there's always the camp that claims he never meant to overdose.



* InitiationCeremony: Darby would give "true fans" of his band a "Germs Burn". Basically, he burned you with a cigarette on the left wrist, creating a permanent circular scar to represent the band and the ideas behind the band. Despite Darby being dead for over thirty years now, the tradition still exists. You'd just have to find someone that already has a burn that can be traced directly back to Darby in order to get a "proper" burn.

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* IAmSong: "Circle One", "Richie Dagger's Crime"
* IWantSong: A variation in "Lexicon Devil":
-->''"Gimme gimme this, gimme gimme that!"''
* InitiationCeremony: Darby would give "true fans" of his band and members of "Circle One" a "Germs Burn". Basically, Germs Burn, which is almost exactly what it sounds like; basically, he burned you with a cigarette on the left wrist, creating a permanent circular scar to represent the band band, its ideas, and partially because Darby really liked circles and the ideas symbolism behind the band.them. Despite Darby being dead for over thirty years now, the tradition still exists. You'd just have to find someone that already has a burn that can be traced directly back to Darby in order to get a "proper" burn.


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* SpokenWordInMusic / MusicalColdOpen: "Circle One" begins with someone saying "Ready, aim, fire" before the song begins.


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** "Sex Boy" (the B side to the Forming single) is even worse. It's a live recording from an early performance by the band where Darby allegedly covered his body in Red Vines and peanut butter and started running around in the audience, and the noise the audience is making is more audible than the actual performance. A YouTube comment (slightly paraphrased) puts it best:
-->''"Here is a good field recording of a broken glass. In the background The Germs are performing."''
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