Rubber City Rebels
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Rubber City Rebels came out of Ohio during the boom of the new wave with a sound that was more melodic than anything else played at the time. Child Eaters (1977) and Young And Dumb (1980) their best songs. Rubber City Rebels (Capitol, 1980) the album. Rod Firestone writes: Rubber City Rebels, Akron, Ohio band from '76-88. Released an album on Capitol 1980. Website :

Semi-famous, proto-punk band from Akron circa 1976-1988. Hard rocking and funny like the Dictators and Ramones. Jakkpot, Candy Snatchers, The Scream and Bobby Teens are some of the bands that have recently covered Rebels tunes. Are they being rediscovered? They were pals of Dead Boys and Devo. They opened for the Dead Boys at CBGBs in 1977, the night of the legendary "Spaghetti Incident". They ran the first Punk Rock night club in the midwest called the Crypt. Dead Boys, Devo, Bizzaros and Pere Ubu played there in the seminal era of punk. They moved from Akron to LA and became one of the hottest bands on the Sunset Strip, headlining the Whiskey with their buddies The Knack, Fear, The Dickies and The Plimsouls. After a legendary publicity stunt where they commandeered a prominent Hollywood billboard, they were signed to Sire Records. Unfortunately, the Rebels blew off Sire and did not record on the label of their comrades in arms, the Ramones and Dead Boys. After some personnel changes the band signed a deal with Capitol, mostly, because their number one fan, Doug Fieger (The Knack) got them a deal they couldn't refuse. Although, critically well received, the Capitol album did not do well. the band never did a second album and eventually went to hell.

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