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"Fear" is a punk band from Los Angeles, California that formed in 1977 and still performs.

Fear appeared in Penelope Spheeris' 1980 film, ''The Decline of Western Civilization''. Their performance was one of the most memorable scenes in the film. The film showed them angering members of the audience with personal attacks and offbeat humor. Singer Lee Ving asked one member of the audience "It's 1980—can't you afford a haircut?" The bass player Derf Scratch tells the joke: Q:"Why do girls have their two holes so close together?" A:"So you can carry them like a six-pack!" The cult classic movie included other well known acts like Black Flag, X, and The Germs.

Spheeris met Ving and drummer Spit Spix when they were hanging handbills on telephone poles. After talking with the two, she abruptly asked if they wanted to be in her film. The band achieved notoriety through the movie and even attracted attention from actor John Belushi while being an unsigned act. The mixture of humor and music demonstrated in the film gave the band a unique personality, which seemed to lack in the later years with several member changes.

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country USA
years active 1977 – Present
origin Los Angeles, California
music genre Punk Rock
current members Lee Ving
Philo Cramer
Spit Stix
Derf Scratch
Lorenzo Buhne
Michael "Flea" Balzary
Scott Thunes
license: GNU FDL
source: Wikipedia