Ongoing History Daily: Pat Smear’s history

The most famous member of the Foo Fighters is, obviously, their leader and singer, former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl. But their second most-famous member is guitarist Pat Smear.

Pat used to play in a legendary LA punk band called the Germs.

After they disintegrated after their lead singer, Darby Crash, ODed in 1980, Pat supported himself by taking bit acting parts. For example, he was hired to appear on CHiPs a lot. (Remember the series with Eric Estrada?). You can also see him in the movie Blade Runner with Harrison Ford.

And one time he was so hard up for cash that he agreed to wear some dreadlocks and appeared in the video for Prince’s “Raspberry Beret.”

If you’re a Chili Peppers fan, you’ll want to read yesterday’s post.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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