Over the decades, The Dead Boys' feral-pharaoh anthem “Sonic Reducer” has been covered by everyone from Guns N' Roses to Backbiter and sampled by the Beastie Boys, making the rabid tune the punk generation's equivalent to “Louie Louie.” Much of the song's raw power came straight from guitarist Cheetah Chrome, who recorded it with a distinctively thick, meaty tone. The former Eugene O'Connor started out in the shadowy proto-punk ensemble Rocket From the Tombs and has collaborated with Jeff Dahl, New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain, The Blackhearts and Texas Terri. Interestingly for such a wild man, Mr. Chrome also has the range to back such gentler chanteuses as Nico and Ronnie Spector. Also at Spike's Bar, Sunday, April 6.
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