The Top 15 Bands To Come Out Of CBGB

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Today is the 37th anniversary of the Ramones' first gig at New York City club CBGB. The Bowery venue would be an integral part of punk-rock history, with the bands who played there nightly in its musty confines becoming the legends that would pave the way for millions of bands to come.

CBGB stands for "Country, Bluegrass, and Blues," for those of you who don't own copies of Legs McNeil's Please Kill Me, or were too punk to care.

Rocks Off visited the club once on a trip to NYC and took in a few local teen bands. It wasn't exactly a half-hour set from Joey and the bruddahs, but it was enough to soak in the flavor of the hallowed location. Merely standing next to the stage was intoxicating for a rock geek, not to mention the restroom, which was the site of so many overdoses and drug use by some of the artists that litter our own record collection.

CBGB, owned by Hilly Kristal and shuttered in 2006, obviously helped birth numerous bands. From the early pub-rock bands that made their scratch on the stage, the earliest stabs at relevance from various art-school grads, the leather-clad sneers of punk royalty, and the bloody Sunday matinee shows from the hardcore and crossover groups who kept the club's spirit alive in the '80s, it was the beating heart of too many scenes to count.

We compiled a list of just 15 bands that first made their mark on the stage at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street before finding themselves on shirts and jackets on everyone from Nebraska to Mumbai.

Well, maybe not so much Wayne County - she's kind of an acquired taste.



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Mongoose65
Mongoose65 like.author.displayName 1 Like

In fairness many of these could be considered Max's Kansas City bands.  Patti Smith, Television, Jayne, Talking Heads all played there before CBs.  Debbie Harry was a waitress there.  When Television got to CB's that's when it all began for the club.  The Ramones sealed the deal and led it into the "punk" direction it became iconic for.  

rob
rob

voidoids???

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

I enabled collaborations on the playlist for people to add more bands if they want on Rdio. 

Otto Coca
Otto Coca

Jayne County is an icon for more than playing at CBGB- Especially since HER proto-punk fame pre-dates to Max's Kansas City when Bowie sought her out.

And common fucking sense journalism alert! 'He/She' is an incredibly rude, ignorant term for a transgender person.

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

That one was my fault. I had no idea it was offensive (seriously) and certainly did not mean it that way. It's been corrected, and I apologize for my ignorance.

Ramonesontheroad
Ramonesontheroad

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DJ Tenn. nYc
DJ Tenn. nYc

Wayne / Jayne County is too much for uptight America, . KISS was his / her opening act.  Jayne County's "If You Dont Wanna F*** Me , Baby F****" is 2nd only to the Sex Pistols in  punk rock best of lists in UK 

ArtMaggot
ArtMaggot

Contortions?

CraigHlavaty
CraigHlavaty

I enabled collaborations on the playlist for people to add more bands if they want on Rdio. 

Tober138
Tober138

Actually - the Ramones played their first gig at CBGBs on August 16, 1974 - that makes today the 37th anniversary of their first gig there, not the 35th.  Math is hard.

rocksoffsr
rocksoffsr

Math is especially hard when your 37th birthday is staring you in the face in a few months.

Fat Tony
Fat Tony

Ramones (#1). Suicide is ill ill ill. Television too too too.

lastrocker
lastrocker

The most accurate book on NY in the '70s:Love Goes To Buildings On Fire

Five years in New York that changed music forever.

Will Hermes - Faber and Faber 2011

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