Darby Crash is a punk rock icon who passed away on December 4, 1980. His death by an intentional heroine overdose was overshadowed by the death of John Lennon, just one day later. Crash was the co-founder of seminal Los Angeles punk rock band The Germs, which initially included Pat Smear and The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle (who never got to play live with the band due to illness). Directed by Rodger Grossman, What We Do Is Secret (2007) is a biopic starring Shane West (Red Sky, TV’s ER, A Walk To Remember) and Bijou Phillips (Almost Famous, Hostel Part II), which retold the story of Crash and his notorious band’s swift rise and crash to a new generation. Los Angeles natives will appreciate this nostalgic trip down punk rock history and the nod to legendary DJ, Rodney Bingenheimer of KROQ.
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The new material also sounds a bit tidy next to the classic L.A. punk tunes by the Weirdos, the Bags and X that have been added for the sake of local color, though Alice Cooper‘s “You Drive Me Nervous” tips the hat to an obvious influence and anyone who knows Crash‘s story will appreciate the two David Bowie tracks that open and close the album. -Mark Deming, AllMusic.com
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