American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, originally active from 1977 to 1980 and again from 2005 to 2013.
The Germs were an American punk rock band from Los Angeles California United States originally active from 1976 to 1980. The band's main early lineup consisted of singer Darby Crash guitarist Pat Smear bassist Lorna Doom and drummer Don Bolles. They released only one album 1979's GI produced by Joan Jett and were featured the following year in Penelope Spheeris' documentary film The Decline of Western Civilization which chronicled the Los Angeles punk movement.
The Germs disbanded following Crash's suicide on December 7 1980. Their music was influential to many later punk rock acts. Smear went on to achieve greater fame performing with Nirvana and Foo Fighters.
In 2005 actor Shane West was cast to play Crash in the biographical film What We Do Is Secret titled after a song by the Germs. He performed with Smear Doom and Bolles at a production party for the film after which the Germs reformed with West as the singer. The new lineup of the band toured the United States several times including performances on the 2006 and 2008 Warped Tours.