Musicians The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB  

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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

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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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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Stop Making Sense, Remain in Light, Fear of Music

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Ramones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Ramones, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

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

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The Police is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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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Patti Smith Group is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Easter, Radio Ethiopia, Wave

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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Paul's Boutique, Licensed to Ill, Check Your Head

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

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

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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, Wild Planet, Planet Claire

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

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

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The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Macguy59 added Queens of Noise, Live in Japan, Waitin' for the Night

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The Heartbreakers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB

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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, Add It Up (1981–1993), Machine

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

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Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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
Destiny Street, Time, R.I.P.

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

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

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
sexymike added God of Love, I Against I, Bad Brains

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Cro-Mags is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Age of Quarrel, Age of Quarrel/Best Wishes + live tracks, Revenge

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The Dictators is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Dictators Live: New York New York, Go Girl Crazy!, Viva Dictators

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Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Scratch the Surface, Built to Last, Call to Arms

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The Waitresses is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
jim-smith added 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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Mink DeVille is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Cabretta, Coup De Grâce, Return to Magenta