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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 06/ 9/2006

What They Do is Stupid

By Fritz Hahn

David and I both paused when we received the latest Black Cat schedule. Saturday, August 5, the club hosts the Germs. As in the notoriously volatile L.A. punk band known for "Lexicon Devil," "Sex Boy" and "Shut Down (Annihilation Man)." Those Germs.

"But wait," you're thinking. "Frontman Darby Crash -- who really was the Germs -- killed himself in 1980." Well, yeah. But inspired by the upcoming bio-flick "What We Do is Secret," guitarist Pat Smear (of Foo Fighters fame), bassist Lorna Doom and drummer Don Bolles have reformed the Germs. Who's taking Darby's place? Hunky "ER" star Shane West, who plays Darby in the upcoming film.

No, really. We wish we were kidding. No one's arguing that Smear, Doom and Bolles shouldn't keep playing music together or write new songs. Plenty of bands have gone on after the loss of a key member, though not always for the better. But replacing your dead singer more than 20 years after the fact for a tour that happens to coincide with the release of a movie about the band? Pardon us if we're a little suspicious. Still, it might turn out to be the kind of chaotic mess Darby would be proud of -- but not in a good sense.

This does bring up an excellent new trend idea, though. Who would you rather see fronting the Doors: Ian Astbury or Val Kilmer? Could Sean Harris ("24 Hour Party People") sing with a reborn Joy Division? Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr teaming with Ian Hart and Chris O'Neill of "Backbeat" for a fabber four? Put your answers in the comments field below.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 9, 2006; 10:00 AM ET
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