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

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, Rocket to Russia, End of the Century

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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 13 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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The Heartbreakers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB

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Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 15 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 & The Voidoids is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Riot, Riot, Upstart

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Richard Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Destiny Street, Time, R.I.P.

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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Suicide is listed (or ranked) 20 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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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

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

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Plasmatics is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
jim-smith added Coup d'État, Maggots: The Record, New Hope for the Wretched

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Murphy's Law is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Back With a Bong, Murphy's Law, The Party's Over

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

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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
sexymike added La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1, Astro-Creep: 2000: Songs of Love

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Wayne County & the Electric Ch... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Let Your Backbone Slip!!, Rock 'n' Roll Cleopatra, Deviation

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Youth of Today is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Break Down the Walls, We're Not in This Alone, Can't Close My Eyes

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Warzone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Fight for Justice, The Victory Years, Don't Forget the Struggle

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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 Dreamtime, Cover, Words From the Front

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U.S. Chaos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Complete Chaos

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Lunachicks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Lazarus Talon Lordi added Binge and Purge, Jerk of All Trades, Babysitters on Acid

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The Shirts is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Tell Me Your Plans, Inner Sleeve, Street Light Shine

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The Feelies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
_1449511168744 added Crazy Rhythms, Time for a Witness, Only Life

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Flamin' Groovies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Flamingo, Supersnazz, Groovies' Greatest Grooves

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DMZ is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
LYNNPOKEMONOJEFF added When I Get Off, Lift Up Your Hood, First Time Is the Best Time / Teenage Head

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Tuff Darts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Tuff Darts, Tuff Darts!

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The 39 Steps is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Kier Strumhard added The 39 Steps

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The Stillettos is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Stillettos

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Chico Science is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
JulioFalcão added

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Count Five is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Psychotic Reaction, Psychotic Revelation

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Dumptruck is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
hayduke added For the Country, D Is for Dumptruck, Positively

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Planet Hemp is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
JulioFalcão added Os cães ladram mas a caravana não pára, MTV ao vivo, Usuário

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The Laughing Dogs is listed (or ranked) 48 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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Orchestra Luna is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
TimothyAceHolleran added Orchestra Luna Orchestra Luna

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Sentimiento Muerto is listed (or ranked) 50 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