Sonic Reducer

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"Sonic Reducer"
Single by The Dead Boys
from the album Young Loud and Snotty
Released 1977
Recorded 1977
Genre Punk rock
Length 3:05
Label Sire
Writer(s) Gene O'Connor
David Thomas
Producer(s) Genya Ravan

"Sonic Reducer" is a punk rock song written by Gene O'Connor and David Thomas during their tenure in Rocket from the Tombs, which made its recorded debut on the Dead Boys 1977 album Young, Loud and Snotty with a change of lyrics that were rewritten by Stiv Bators. The song is widely regarded as a punk classic and has been covered by bands as varied as Guns N' Roses, Overkill, Pearl Jam, Foetus, Dozer, Adult Crash, Die Toten Hosen, Rainy Day Saints in a slow tempo on Diamond Star Highway,[1] and Saves the Day. The song appeared on the UK compilation album "New Wave",[2] produced by UK actor and mystic, Pete Knobbler. The song was sampled on the Beastie Boys song "An Open Letter to NYC" on their 2004 album To The 5 Boroughs. It is also featured on the skateboarding video game Tony Hawk's Underground 2 and Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (by Saves the Day). It was also performed by fictional punk rock outfit Hard Core Logo in Bruce McDonald's 1997 mockumentary, Hard Core Logo.

Currently most sources including Discogs <> and LP/CD liner notes credit this song to Stiv Bators, Gene O'Connor, David Thomas, Jeff Magnum, Jimmy Zero and Johnny Blitz.


  1. ^ "Dave Swanson interview on Outsight Radio Hours". Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Various - New Wave (Vinyl, LP)". Retrieved 2016-10-12.