“The song What We Do Is Secret is an amazing recording because you can actually hear Darby Crash’s words. At a Germs show, you could never make out his lyrics, which were so intricate and mysterious. Like great poetry, they meant whatever you wanted them to mean.
“The Germs had such a unique sound, and they dispelled the notion that all punk bands sounded alike. Actually, the same could be said for the first wave of punk bands. Richard Hell didn’t sound like the Talking Heads, and the Talking Heads didn’t sound like Blondie. After a while, some groups did adopt a similar style, but the initial burst of bands – and I would include The Germs here – had their own thing going on.”