Living fast and dying young is one of rock's great clichés, but no phrase better describes the reasons for the demise of L.A. punkers known as Germs. Capable of creating a firestorm of noisy, confrontational music, they were ultimately undone by their perversely charismatic lead singer. He was a madman named Paul Beahm, better known to the world at-large first as Bobby Pyn, later and more famously as Darby Crash, who died Sid Vicious-style out on the mainline at age 22. - John Dougan

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