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List Rules Bands that achieved mainstream popularity after they played CBGB; mostly bands who played there in the '70s and '80s

List of bands that got their start at CBGB--70s punk bands that became famous by playing at CBGB in NYC. CBGB was a legendary music club located at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in Manhattan. While it was originally intended by its founder, Hilly Kristal, to feature Country, Bluegrass and Blues (hence the name CBGB), it became a forum for American punk and New Wave bands that launched the careers of some of the most famous musicians of our time.

A new film that shares the club's namesake, CBGB, follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s New York club from its conceit to what it ultimately became: the birthplace of underground rock ‘n roll and punk.

Kristal had one demand of the acts he booked; they could only play original music. No top 40′s, no covers. It was the credo he lived by, support the artist at whatever the cost. Hilly Kristal ironically became known as the godfather of punk giving a chance to such bands as Blondie, Television, Ramones, Talking Heads, Dead Boys and The Police.

For more information about the film, visit: CBGB Film.
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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Ramones Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

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505 64
Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Talking Heads Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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459 64
Blondie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Blondie Parallel Lines, Heart of Glass, Blondie

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412 78
The Police is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Police Synchronicity, Ghost in the Machine, Zenyattà Mondatta - The band played its first two North American shows at the legendary venue on October 20 and 21, 1978

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358 91
Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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303 69
Patti Smith Group is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Patti Smith Group Easter, Radio Ethiopia, Wave

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273 75
Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Misfits Legacy of Brutality, Famous Monsters, Walk Among Us - First two shows were at CBGBs

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256 68
Television is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Television Marquee Moon, Television, Adventure

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124 27
The B-52's is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
AmandaWilliams1 added The B-52's The B-52’s, Wild Planet, Planet Claire

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168 57
The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Cramps Stay Sick!, Smell of Female, Flamejob

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194 74
The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Dead Boys All This and More, Night of the Living Dead Boys, Younger

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146 59
The Heartbreakers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB

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The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Macguy59 added The Runaways Queens of Noise, Live in Japan, Waitin' for the Night

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Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Lazarus Talon Lordi added Violent Femmes Violent Femmes, Add It Up (1981–1993), Machine

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118 56
Richard Hell & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Richard Hell & The Voidoids Destiny Street, Funhunt: Live at CBGB's & Max's, Time

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110 52
Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Johnny Thunders So Alone, Hurt Me, Too Much Junkie Business - Solo career, not his time with the New York Dolls

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Richard Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Richard Hell Destiny Street, Time, R.I.P.

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106 65
Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Agnostic Front Riot, Riot, Upstart

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83 49
Suicide is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Suicide Suicide, Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev, A Way of Life

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80 49
Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Sick of It All Scratch the Surface, Built to Last, Call to Arms

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77 48
The Dictators is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Dictators The Dictators Live: New York New York, Go Girl Crazy!, Viva Dictators

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70 44
Cro-Mags is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Cro-Mags Age of Quarrel, Age of Quarrel/Best Wishes + live tracks, Revenge

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31 11
The Waitresses is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
jim-smith added The Waitresses The Best of The Waitresses, Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Waitresses

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66 51
Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Mink DeVille Cabretta, Coup De Grâce, Return to Magenta

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29 13
Plasmatics is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
jim-smith added Plasmatics Coup d'État, Maggots: The Record, New Hope for the Wretched

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61 49
The Fleshtones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Fleshtones Fleshtones vs. Reality, Do You Swing?, Hexbreaker!

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64 53
Murphy's Law is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Murphy's Law Back With a Bong, Murphy's Law, The Party's Over

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52 45
Wayne County & the Electric Ch... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Wayne County & the Electric Chairs Let Your Backbone Slip!!, Rock 'n' Roll Cleopatra, Deviation

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53 47
Gorilla Biscuits is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Gorilla Biscuits Gorilla Biscuits, Start Today

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Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Youth of Today Break Down the Walls, We're Not in This Alone, Can't Close My Eyes

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Lunachicks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Lazarus Talon Lordi added Lunachicks Binge and Purge, Jerk of All Trades, Babysitters on Acid

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36 37
U.S. Chaos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
U.S. Chaos Complete Chaos

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The Shirts is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Shirts Tell Me Your Plans, Inner Sleeve, Street Light Shine

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Tom Verlaine is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Carolyn Hall added Tom Verlaine Dreamtime, Cover, Words From the Front

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Warzone is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Warzone Fight for Justice, The Victory Years, Don't Forget the Struggle

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9 8
DMZ is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
LYNNPOKEMONOJEFF added DMZ When I Get Off, Lift Up Your Hood, First Time Is the Best Time / Teenage Head

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34 43
Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Flamin' Groovies Flamingo, Supersnazz, Groovies' Greatest Grooves

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31 44
Tuff Darts is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Tuff Darts Tuff Darts, Tuff Darts!

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5 10
The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Kier Strumhard added The 39 Steps

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6 12
The Feelies is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
_1449511168744 added The Feelies Crazy Rhythms, Time for a Witness, Only Life

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The Stillettos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Stillettos

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3 11
Sentimiento Muerto is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Juan Reyna added Sentimiento Muerto Aunque Usted No Lo Quiera (disc 2), Fin del Cuento, El Amor ya no Existe

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10 22
Chico Science is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
JulioFalcão added Chico Science

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Planet Hemp is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
JulioFalcão added Planet Hemp Os cães ladram mas a caravana não pára, MTV ao vivo, Usuário

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17 38
Dumptruck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
hayduke added Dumptruck For the Country, D Is for Dumptruck, Positively

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17 39
The Laughing Dogs is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
LittleBoPeep added The Laughing Dogs When Do We Eat?, The Laughing Dogs (1979) The Laughing Dogs Meet Their Makers (1980), Hidden Bones

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18 42
Count Five is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Count Five Psychotic Reaction, Psychotic Revelation

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10 31
Orchestra Luna is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
TimothyAceHolleran added Orchestra Luna Orchestra Luna

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15 41
The Magic Tramps is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Magic Tramps

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6 29
Amen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
StephaniePick added Amen We Have Come for Your Parents, Slave, Pisstory: A Catalogue of Accidents/A Lifetime of Mistakes