The Dead Boys evolved out of the band Rocket From The Tombs and were originally called Frankenstein. When the band members relocated to New York City in July 1976, they adopted the Dead Boys moniker which came from the RFTT song "Down In Flames".
Moving to New York City at the encouragement of Joey Ramone, the Ramones' lead singer, the Dead Boys quickly gained notoriety for their outrageous live performances. Lewd gestures and profanity were the norm. On more than one occasion, lead singer Stiv Bators slashed his stomach with his mic stand. They frequently played at the legendary rock club CBGB and in 1977 they released their debut album, Young, Loud and Snotty, produced by Genya Ravan. Their song "Sonic Reducer" is often regarded as one of the classics of the punk genre, with Allmusic calling it "one of punk's great anthems."
Sire Records pressured the group to change their look and sound to appeal more to the U.S. mainstream (which had yet to embrace punk on the level seen in the UK) and this contributed to Dead Boys breaking up in 1979. Several 1979 performances were featured in the 1980 film, D.O.A.. A few months after the breakup the band had to reunite to record a live album and thus fulfill their contractual obligations. To exact revenge on the label, Bators purposely sang off mic and the resulting recording was unusable. When the material eventually surfaced on Bomp! Records, Bators had re-recorded the vocals in a studio.
Disco One: Sonic Reducer / All This And More / Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth / I Won't Look Back / You Can't Hurt Me Anymore / What Love Is / Down In Flames / Search & Destroy / Calling On You / Catholic Boy / Ain't Nothin' To Do / Ain't It Fun / Son Of Sam / Tell Me / All This And More / 3rd Generation Nation / Dead And Alive / Little Girl / Flame Thrower Love / I Won't Look Back / What Love Is.
Disc Two: Calling On You / Search & Destroy / Sonic Reducer / All This And More / High Tension Wire / Caught With The Meat In Your Mouth / Ain't Nothin' To Do / Down In Flames / Search & Destroy (Version 2) / Not Anymore / Little Girl / What Love Is / Flame Thrower Love / Death May Be Your Santa Claus.