Today’s 5 at 5 will be a tribute to the CBGB – a club that opened in the lower east side of New York City this week in 1973. Founder, Hilly Kristal, envisioned a place for Country, Bluegrass & Blues and had no idea this club would give New Wave and Punk bands a home. Everyone from Blondie to the Ramones got their starts there.
CBGB was originally intended to feature its namesake musical styles, but became a forum for American punk and new wave bands like the Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads, Misfits, Television, Patti Smith Group, The Dead Boys, The Dictators, The Cramps, and Joan Jett.
From the early 1980s until its later years, it would mainly become known for hardcore punk, with bands such as Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law, Cro-Mags, Gorilla Biscuits, Sick of It All, and Youth of Today becoming synonymous with the club.
In the 1990s, CBGB became closely associated with bands like Sum 41, Korn, Green Day and Guns n Roses with GnR’s Duff McKagan acting as an ambassador of the CBGB attitude all around the world.
The storefront and large space next door to the club served as the “CBGB Record Canteen” (record shop and café) for many years.
In the late eighties, the record store was closed and replaced with a second performance space and art gallery, named “CB’s 313 Gallery”.
The final concert was performed by Patti Smith on October 15.
Let’s reminisce, shall we? Here are some bands that will always hold a special place in their hearts for that club that used to be at 315 Bowery.
Four guys in leather jackets took the CBGB stage on an August night in 1974 and played an entire set of songs in (wait for it) 12 minutes. Some thought the band’s speedy, sloppy rock ‘n’ roll was an intentional joke. Some thought Joey Ramone was mentally disabled. Others, like ‘Please Kill Me’ author Legs McNeil, felt he had witnessed something that could change everything. Over the course of 70 more shows in ’74, the Ramones converted plenty more fans. With two-minute song after two-minute song of distorted candy, wrapped tightly around lyrics about sniffing glue or beating people with baseball bats, the Ramones boiled rock down to its glorious essence. There’s a reason that “Ramones” is shorthand for punk rock.
Yes, we all know that the Beastie Boys started as a hardcore punk band in 1979 before changing tracks and finding their groove with hip-hop. During those formative years, the band was a four-piece that also included Kate Schellenbach, who later became the drummer for Luscious Jackson, and John Berry. King Ad-Rock (from Young and the Useless) wouldn’t arrive until 1983 as replacement for Berry. The boys (and girl) were known to gig around with Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, and Reagan Youth.
One of their earliest shows was at CBGB – November 20, 1982 – alongside Reagan Youth for a matinee, clocking in at a paltry twenty minutes.
A band that made their live American debut at the CBGB
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