Saturday, September 06, 2008

Punk's Little Secret

Darby Crash, lead singer of the influential '70s punk band the Germs, was gay -- and with the release of the new film What We Do Is Secret, the gay community may finally discover him as an icon. The above picture is actor Shane West as Darby Crash in a scene from the movie.

Job Brother writes:
Picture an iconic gay singer and Darby Crash of Los Angeles’s infamous punk band the Germs does not come leaping to mind, but with the advent of Rodger Grossman’s new biopic film What We Do Is Secret, that may change.

The Germs exploded onto the L.A. punk music scene in the late 1970s; its mastermind was Paul Beahm (who took the name Darby Crash), who along with fellow classmate Georg Ruthenberg (Crash named him Pat Smear) enlisted an assortment of young women who, like them, did not know how to play instruments -- among them, Belinda Carlisle (Crash called her Dottie Danger), who would go on to find fame with the Go-Go’s). They first called themselves Sophistifuck and the Revlon Spam Queens, and later settled on the Germs. READ MORE