Darby Crash (born Jan Paul Beahm) (A.K.A. Bobby Pyn) (September 26, 1958 – December 7, 1980) was an American punk musician who, along with long time friend Pat Smear (born Georg Ruthenberg), co-founded The Germs.
Crash had a troubled childhood: The man he grew up believing his biological father left the family and his older brother died of a drug overdose. When in his teens, his sister revealed in an argument that his biological father was really a Swedish sailor named William Björklund. Crash attended IPS (Innovative Program School), a school within University High School in Los Angeles. The IPS program was a notoriously free-form academic program that combined elements of est and Scientology.
Before the Germs, he and Pat Smear called themselves "Sophistifuck and the Revlon Spam Queens," but had to shorten this name because they didn't have enough money to put the full name on a t-shirt. For a short period up until the acclaimed Whiskey A-Go-Go gig, Belinda Carlisle was a member of the band. She appears on the first track of the live CD, where she introduces the band as "sluts". After a short stint under the name Bobby Pyn, he changed his name to Darby Crash. The Germs became an important Los Angeles-area punk band, known for their chaotic live shows. The Germs soon dominated the L.A. punk scene. They can be seen in the 1981 film The Decline of Western Civilization, directed by Penelope Spheeris. Crash discussed taking drugs onstage to avoid feeling injuries from fan violence and "creeps out there with grudges"... [read more]
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