Fear came out of the early Los Angeles punk scene in 1977, and is considered one of the earliest of the so-called “hardcore” bands to emerge from that scene. The earliest incarnation of the band had featured Burt Good on guitar and Johnny Backbeat on drums. After the release of their first 45, “I Love Living in the City,” both were replaced, by Cramer and Stix respectively, in 1978.
A happenstance encounter with budding filmmaker Penelope Spheeris (later famous for Wayne’s World) led to their appearance in The Decline of Western Civilization, a groundbreaking documentary that exposed the nascent Los Angeles punk and new wave scene to a national audience. If X came across as the actually... Read More