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The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB 

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Updated June 14, 2019 12.1k votes 1.9k voters 90.8k views 52 items

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
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Talking Heads is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Blondie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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The Police is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The band played its first two North American shows at the legendary venue on October 20 and 21, 1978
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Beastie Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Patti Smith Group is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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
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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
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The Dead Boys is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
The Dead Boys
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The Cramps is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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The Heartbreakers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Violent Femmes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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The Runaways is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Richard Hell & The V... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Johnny Thunders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
Genre: Rock music, Protopunk & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America
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
Genre: Rock music, Protopunk & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America
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Agnostic Front is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Suicide is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Bad Brains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Cro-Mags is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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The Dictators is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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White Zombie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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Sick of It All is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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The Waitresses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Bands That Got Their Start at CBGB
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