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05 Aug 1959


Pat Smear (born Georg Ruthenberg on August 5, 1959), is a U.S. rock guitarist who has been a regular member of several well-known bands, albeit of different subgenres: The Germs, Nirvana and Foo Fighters. He is also known as an actor and for co-hosting the MTV fashion show House of Style with friend and supermodel Cindy Crawford.

He was born and raised in West Los Angeles, California. He was born to an African-American/Native American mother and a German/Jewish immigrant father. As a teenager in 1972, Smear met Darby Crash and together they formed The Germs with bassist Lorna Doom and drummer Dottie Danger (the pseudonym of Belinda Carlisle who went on to front The Go-Gos). Smear renamed himself after learning about pap smears in high school, claiming they were the most disgusting thing he had ever heard of.

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Foo Fighters
since 1995 till 1997 Electric guitar
since 2010 Electric guitar
since 1976 till 1980 Lead vocal, Guitar
since 2005 till 2009 Guitar
since 2013 till 2013 Guitar
since 1993 till 1994 Unknown
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