A brief convo with guitarist Jimmy Zero in 1977 revealed a surprising influence that mirrors the musical drive of Sire Records' OTHER buzzsaw punkers, The Ramones.
As far as proto-punk bands go, The Dead Boys is a real blind spot for me. I need to revisit their stuff; thank you for the reminder. Sound-wise, they're just kind of bad Kiss, but with an attitude... sort of like NY Dolls or MC5, or even Alice Cooper.
All I really remember about The Dead Boys is that Stiv Bators dated MTV VJ Martha Quinn. I always thought that an odd pairing. And if a top MTV VJ couldn't get The Dead Boys more popularity, it wasn't gonna happen! Isn't Martha who the song "The Mighty Quinn" is about?:)
If their 2nd album had gotten a better production, they may have gotten a bit more recognition. Then again, something something about the angel of history. They were probably always only headed for implosion, which endears them to me even more.