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Much like the Sex Pistols, the Dead Boys enjoyed an outsized reputation among punk rock enthusiasts despite having made very few recordings. Part of that is because, like the Pistols, they featured a charismatic frontman in Stiv Bators, and part of that is because, like the Sex Pistols, what they recorded was so good! This is the second of the two albums they released during their short career, and while it's not quite the blow to the solar plexus that their Young Loud & Snotty debut was (poorly-chosen producer Felix Pappalardi is an obvious culprit), it's still a slice of prime late-'70s punk. Includes the classic 'Ain t It Fun'. An exclusive release from the Noble Rot label, with cool digipack packaging!

1. 3rd Generation Nation
2. I Won't Look Back
3. (I Don't Wanna Be No) Catholic Boy
4. Flame Thrower Love
5. Son of Sam
6. Tell Me
7. Big City
8. Calling On You
9. Dead and Alive
10. Ain't It Fun

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 8, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: NOBLE ROT
  • ASIN: B001807O64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #477,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Borne Too Loose on December 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Despite Felix Papalarddi's frankly hideous/generic production values, the listener cannot ignore the power of the Dead Boys performance. The group as a whole had matured into a true musical powerhouse with a tag-team, fairly intricate guitar duo like Chrome and Zero, and a rhythm sextion as tight as Jeff Magnum and Johnny Blitz (pre-knife fight). The true magic is exuded by Stiv Bators though, with his slurred, under-enunciated, pure-attitude vocal performance. "I Won't Look Back," "Third Generation Nation," and the cover of the Stone's "Tell Me" stand out as my favorites, but the clincher of the album is the closer, "Ain't It Fun." (Later covered by the now defunct Guns N' Roses on the album 'The Spaghetti Incident?!') With a band as volatile and dangerous as the Dead Boys, "Ain't It Fun" stands as a great coda to the most underrated band in rock n' roll.
The only thing that could've improved this album is the absence of Pappalardi, but you can find versions of these songs at their rawest on live recordings. I found the alternate takes of the sessions in the hopes that it could be a repeat of the YL&S mixes, but sadly, they aren't any better. I prefer this mix, and these songs are favorites. Don't bother beong bogged down by Felix, just know that all the Dead Boys probably called him a load whenever his back was turned.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By THE Uncle Todd on July 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Felix P. screwed this LP from the get go. Way to 'radio friendly' as other reviewers have noted. On 'Young, loud..', Genya Raven captured their sound. Great bass, guitars in front (and LOUD) and Cheetah Chrome's lead even louder!

'..Children' production is just too homoginized--too slick. The tunes are DB classics though, Tell Me, Ain't it Fun, Catholic Boy, and of course Son Of Sam.

After Stiv's death, the scope of unreleased studio/live/rehearsal material of the Dead Boys became a fact.

Some good---most barely tolerable

get the 2 DB studio LP's to start and then get the Live @ CBGB.

Although video of the DB is semi-rare, try to find it and then match up the live versions with the studio versions and you can see that they were a GREAT live R & R band
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2007
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Despite the fact that Cleveland's The Dead Boys' "Young Loud & Snotty" is considered a punk rock classic and "We Have Come For Your Children" a lesser effort, you shouldn't sell this CD short. It's even reflected by the fact that Sire has yet to release this CD stateside. Ignore the naysayers. If "Snotty" never existed, "We Have Come For Your Children" would be placed on the pedestal it deserves.

Attempting to channel all their nihilism and violence under producer Felix Pappalardi's over-slick production, this album is still loud, fast and chaotic. Stiv lets loose with his Iggy Pop idolization on the classic "3rd Generation Nation," and "Son Of Sam" is an exercise in Alice Cooper worship (circa "Killer"). "Son Of Sam" is harrowingly theatrical, complete with screams, gunshots and dog barks punctuated by Bators' snarl.

Bators had the full support of his bandmates. Cheetah Chrome and Jimmy Zero may be two of Punk's most under-rated guitarists. They could pull off the Ramones Roar on "3rd Generation Nation" and "I Won't Look Back" but also had a rarely mentioned sophistication that underpins "Son Of Sam" and "Ain't It Fun." There is also a great deal of irony of Stiv Bators singing "Ain't it fun when you know that you're gonna die young" (since he really did) and the haunting voice of co-writer Peter Laughner moaning "I'm dead" as the song fades. (He died from pancreatitis brought on by drug and alcohol abuse before the song was released.) "Ain't It Fun" is a classic moment where the irony and punk-theater matched up perfectly, stellar enough for Guns and Roses to have recorded it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Mark Rosen on September 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to this album and the first Deadboys album (Young, Loud and Snotty) numerous times, and I've come to like this one even more. Young, Loud And Snotty is filled with stone-cold, in-your-face classics, but this album is more interesting to me. It's more ambitious, and has a more reflective, intriguing quality. It's been said that the production isn't hard-edged enough, and this is certainly true on some of the songs, but it adds a certain melancholy, cinematic atmosphere to Ain't It Fun, I Won't Look Back, Big City, and especially Son Of Sam, my favorite song. The intro alone is amazing, setting up the song as a dark tour into someone's troubled mind. There's an undercurrent of sadness amidst the expected rock and roll fury in I Won't Look Back (which has some great backing vocals) and Third Generation Nation, and I Don't Wanna Be No Catholic Boy, Flame Thrower Love (which has a great opening with crashing drums and thunderous guitars) and Dead And Alive are classic rockers. All told, I think this is the best album by the Deadboys. It has a certain depth and variety to it that the first one doesn't have, and the troubling vibe of Son Of Sam still haunts me to this day. Stiv Bators' one of a kind, sneering voice voice is very memorable (especially on Ain't It Fun), and the furious guitars and rhythm section back him up perfectly. The songs I've mentioned above are especially good, but all the songs go together very well. The whole album is pretty much flawless to me.
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