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D Generation at The Borderline

This evening I fulfilled a missed teenage opportunity. To see D Generation live. Described as one of the most important bands in punk rock history I was introduced to them whilst working at a friend-of-the-families record store in Soho.

Led by the captivating Jesse Malin, D Generation, or DGen, formed in pre-hipster Brooklyn during the early 90s gaining reputation playing venues such as CBGB and The Continental, and through supporting tours with the likes of The Ramones, Kiss, Social Distortion, Cheap Trick and Green Day.

Over the years I've seen Jesse Malin a number of times, playing both solo and with bands of various guises. In earlier gigs he regaled stories of growing up in New York, failed attempts with hookers as a young teenager, and later antics as a removal man for the rich and famous. More recently his enthusiastic between song rants (in the best possible way) have been of the state of the music industry and how people today would rather watch a song on YouTube than go to a club. He may have point, but at least they're listing to The Music, right?

This evening, D-Gen rifled through in a 'best of' set list to an eager and knowing crowd. Highlights were a'plenty, with standouts being Frankie, Capital Offender, Helpless. My pick of the night? The set closer, No Way Out.  I suggest you check out this YouTube video and then go see some live music: 

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