Sound — 10
The Dead Boys were aggressive, fearsome and subtly intelligent in asserting themselves as the USA's most energetic CBGB band. You thought it was the Ramones? There's no way that anything beats the Dead Boys' sound and the tone of the guitars is to die for. From Cheetah Chrome's jerky guitar solos to Johnny Blitz' resounding drums, this is my vote for best produced and best captured punk album of all time. Beginning with thick, opening barre chords of Sonic Reducer, to the final tracks, Young, Loud and Snotty cements itself as vital to any record collection in need of something different, raw and lewd. It's always on the move, guitars frantically changing their tune to match the vocal delivery. Unpredictable an dfun to learn, someone please tab this album!
Lyrics — 9
Stiv Bators' delivery is fantastic. Pained shrieks, to vocals Alice Cooper may just have been secretly inspired by on High Tension Wire, Bators never fails to deliver on an album fuelled by his passion and dynamic personality. The lyrics may be primitive in places, but there not so much primitive as they are a reflection of the frankness and honesty of punk rock in the CBGB scene of the '70s.
Overall Impression — 10
So this isn't objective you say? It's not my fault the Dead Boys did everything perfectly on this record. It's sloppy, yet precise, raw yet polished, crude yet thought provoking. This band has obviously captured their live sound on this record and when a band can do that, they're worth a listen. If you're a fan of the Stooges, the Damned or the New York Dolls, the Dead Boys could be your new favourite band.