From the Stimulators site:
The Stims played their first three gigs at a new wave dive, appropriately named Rock Bottom, in May and June 1978. Their fourth gig found them featured on a bill with Richard Hell and the Void Oids, Senders, Teenage Jesus and the The Jerks, The Contortions, at the fashionable Paradise Garage. From there, the Stims graduated to New York’s mainline clubs and developed a huge, very young crowd, reminiscent of earlier Stooges’ crowds, at Ungano’s and Max’s Kansas City. Back in the New York in 1981, after a 1980 Tour of Ireland, the Stimulators were just in time to witness and mid-wife the birth of N.Y. Hardcore, a style which focused on the Loud Fast aspect of the Stims, the Damned and some of the new California slam bands. But the Stimulators are more than just Loud Fast Fools and are fully aware that there’s not too big an audience for a band that can only do one thing. That doesn’t mean a band must attempt progression, for digression and agression, expansion and indiscretion, inversion and introversion, perversion and resurrection are all more applicable to Rock and Roll than mere progression. Stimulation is what Rock and Roll is all about. The revolution is in the beat. No one who feels freedom in Rock and Roll will ever be a willing slave to anybody’s shitstem.