Germs ‎– Germicide

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SCALP-001 Germs Germicide(LP, Album, Ltd) Mohawk Records (3) SCALP-001 US 1981 Sell This Version
SCALP-001 Germs Germicide(LP, Album, Ltd, Num) Mohawk Records (3) SCALP-001 US 1981 Sell This Version
SCALP-001 Germs Germicide(LP, Album, TP) Mohawk Records (3) SCALP-001 US 1981 Sell This Version
A108 The Germs* Germicide - Live At The Whisky(Cass, Album, RE) ROIR (Reachout International Records) A108 US 1982 Sell This Version
A108 The Germs* Germicide - Live At The Whisky(Cass, Album, RE, RP, Cle) ROIR (Reachout International Records) A108 US 1982 Sell This Version
A108 The Germs* Germicide - Live At The Whisky(Cass, Album, RE, RP, Whi) ROIR (Reachout International Records) A108 US 1982 Sell This Version
RE108CD The Germs* Germicide(CD, Album, RE) ROIR Europe RE108CD Europe 1990 Sell This Version
SCALP-001 Germs Germicide(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Mohawk Records (3) SCALP-001 US 1993 Sell This Version
SCALP-001 The Germs* Germicide(LP, Album, RE) Mohawk Records (3) SCALP-001 US 1993 Sell This Version
BCD4070 The Germs* Germicide(CD, Album, RE) BOMP! BCD4070 US 1998 Sell This Version
BCD4070 The Germs* Germicide(CD, Album, RE) BOMP! BCD4070 US 1998 Sell This Version
SCALP-001 The Germs* Germicide(LP, Album, RE, 180) Mohawk Records (3) SCALP-001 US 2000 Sell This Version
BCD4070, BCD 4070 The Germs* Germicide(CD, Album, RE) BOMP!, BOMP! BCD4070, BCD 4070 US Unknown Sell This Version

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smokescreenrecords

smokescreenrecords

February 14, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Germicide, LP, Album, Ltd, SCALP-001
You claim to know how musically incompetent The Germs were, but have you heard this record? Because until you have, you're hardly qualified.

The drums are so comprehensively ramshackle and un-selfconfident that the results would be appropriate for a student drummer's third or fourth outing ever. The bass mutters along hopelessly lost in the weeds while the guitar shoots out hot white sheets of fumbled power chords in no particular time signature while Darby spits out his songs in a drunken drawl, his famous teen illiteracy somehow audible. It's a perfect storm of ineptitude the whole way, and, here is the catch: it seems like the perfect look on the band. And, while overwhelmingly difficult in some places, it's kind of the perfect Germs record.

It almost makes you resent later recordings for being too refined. The What We Do Is Secret version of "Forming", hardly an exercise in precision, is danceable by comparison, which feature I have always liked until I heard this oily, mutated version that just feels so much more like The Germs you imagine. As another reviewer noted, "Victim" is particularly unforgivable. Darby Crash single-handedly made it cool to be stupid and the idea burned bright for practically 20 years. For all time, he is the king in this department of punk - GG is disbarred for having legitimate mental illness. So if you like your punk in trembling prenatal form, if you believe that nothing's punker than 4 instruments, tons of beer, and no ideas, this is the Germs record for you.
livesounds

livesounds

August 24, 2015
referencing Germicide, LP, Album, Ltd, Num, SCALP-001
Darby Crash - vocals
Pat Smear-guitar
Lorna Doom-bass
Dottie Danger aka Belinda Carlisle - drums
thamofoho

thamofoho

November 12, 2010
referencing Germicide - Live At The Whisky, Cass, Album, RE, A108
bill swingo is incorrect - this is the greatest live album ever recorded. the band can't play for shit, and darby is a beat behind throughout, but it's the most exciting sound ever. totally essential.
BillSwingo

BillSwingo

August 30, 2010
referencing Germicide, CD, Album, RE, BCD4070

Pretty hard to listen to. More of an historical curiosity than something you'd toss on the stereo and enjoy. Pick up the amazing GI album instead.