Founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973, New York City's CBGB (which stood for "Country, BlueGrass, and Blues" but is better remembered for its punk and New Wave music) pioneered America’s punk and new wave movement, housing bands like the Ramones, Television, Blondie, and Talking Heads. Telling the story behind Kristal’s Bowery club, CBGB, the movie (directed by Randall Miller), is an homage to the legendary club that closed its doors in 2006 with a Patti Smith concert.
The movie opened October 3 in selected theaters across the nation, and the CBGB: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album came out October 8 with a 20-song collection of staple bands of New York's '70s and '80s underground scene:
"Life During Wartime" – Talking Heads
"Kick Out the Jams (Uncensored Version)" – MC5
"Chatterbox" – New York Dolls
"Careful" – Television
"Blank Generation" – Richard Hell and the Voidoids
"Slow Death" – Flamin' Groovies
"I Can’t Stand It" – The Velvet Underground
"Out of Control" – Wayne County and the Electric Chairs
"Psychotic Reaction" – The Count Five
All For the Love of Rock 'n' Roll (Live) – Tuff Darts
"All By Myself" – Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
"California Sun" (Original Demo) – The Dictators
"Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth" – Dead Boys
"I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)" – Joey Ramone
"Get Outta My Way" – The Laughing Dogs
"Sunday Girl" (2013 Version) – Blondie
"I Wanna Be Your Dog" – The Stooges
"Sonic Reducer" – Dead Boys
"Roxanne" – The Police
"Birds and the Bees" – Hilly Kristal
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