The Germs - Lexicon Devil
No one is going to tell you the Germs were a great band. They weren’t. They were different, they were crazy, they were punk as fuck and they were completely fucked up. But they weren’t good. Darby Crash made a short career out of being too wasted to do anything coherently and people seemed to love that. It worked perfectly with the punk ethos of the time.
But I’ll tell you what. This song - really one of the only Germs song where you can understand what the hell Darby is saying - is pretty spectacular and indicative of the fact that the Germs weren’t really bad, they were just too disjointed and strung out to sound good.
Lexicon Devil always makes me feel like I’m running around in circles, moving really fast but getting nowhere except the place I started out in.
Which makes it perfect for a Monday morning.