The Dead Boys Live! At CBGB 1977 (MVD) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
In addition to interviewing Yassar Arafat in Cairo back in 77, 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace was assigned a segment on the exploding New York punk rock scene that focused on Cleveland transplants the Dead Boys. A film and lighting crew was dispatched to CBGB to document a wired-up 10-song performance by Stiv Bators, Cheetah Chrome, Jimmy Zero, Johnny Blitz and Jeff Magnum in a three-camera colour shoot by director Rod Swenson. Fortunately, someone had the foresight to save the historic footage that forms the basis of the 45-minute Live! At CBGB 1977 DVD released in 5.1 surround sound.
However high they may have been, it's clear that Bators and crew were fully aware this was their shot at the big time and didn't want to waste the opportunity. Opening with a roaring rip through Sonic Reducer, Stiv removes his pink sports jacket to reveal three slices of bologna safety-pinned to his T-shirt that promptly fall to the stage amidst his Iggy-inspired contortions. No problem - he picks one up, blows his nose in it and nonchalantly gobbles away in a masterstroke of Young, Loud And Snotty showmanship. After they tear through the Stooges' Search & Destroy, there are some post-gig interview clips with the members, followed by an informative recent chat with Cheetah Chrome and manager Hilly Kristal to put it all in perspective. Dope.