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August 10, 2008
What you missed from 80s punk, hardcore, and related inspired disruptions
Punk and hardcore incubated into a powerful hybrid strain that flourished
in several major cities, but grew best in California where hope, pretense,
beauty, dystopia, potential, and disillusionment fused into
an explosive genre of alienation, unrestrained critique, and open dissent
that diverged from the happy pacifist movements that preceded it.
D.R.I. (Dirty Rotten Imbeciles)
Innovators of speed and energy known for short, rapid blasting songs, this Texas band rejected docile passivity in a world with real problems that go ignored and unaddressed. Their music is active dissent inspired by the failures that define modernty.
I don't need society
Balance of Terror
My Fate to Hate
Recommended: Dealing with it, Crossover, Four of a Kind
"The last time we played here there was a riot."
This clip shows a good example of California punk attitude and free expression before the era of politically correct self-censorship. After a few minutes of spiteful sarcasm, insults, and fighting with audience members, they launch into an inspired set. They don't make crowds like these anymore, nor could moderns understand such an appearance.
I Don't Care About You
Recommended: The Record
Spasmodic anarchic Englishmen suspicious of those who lead every misery inducing system, this band wrote throbbing anthems of rebellion as their countermeasure. Though their popular song Fuck the USA was catchy straight-ahead punk, their talents were inconsistant and only periodically offered a glimpse into their ideological intentions.
Troops of Tomorrow
Recommended: Dead cities
Glenn Danzig's dark vehicle matches simple but capable melodies with a straight-head driving pulse for his masterful vocals. Songs are assertively short and crisp, crafted tightly around tension and rhythmic focus that resolve into spirited choruses.
As the band's name suggests, this music is the inspired view of an outsider who does not belong. Death, escape, violence, and horror are constant themes and though real, are upsetting to the timid who are accustomed to the placid comfort of their fictional bubble world.
Recommended: 12 Hits From Hell, Walk Among Us, Static Age, Box Set
A cornerstone of Washington DC hardcore, Minor Threat led the "straight edge" movement that revolted against oversocialized consumption by denying themselves alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and sex. In their song "Out of Step", frontman Ian MacKaye suggested these things were merely unimportant distractions. Seeking clarity by stepping back from assumptions, such experiments with asceticism birth new alternatives by removing people from their comfortable patterns of self-induced madness.
Watch the entire hall explode at 1:16 when the music starts.
Small man, big mouth
Recommended: Complete Discography
California hardcore and punk collide with mockery and frustration over social dysfunction, abusive power, and mainstream stupidity. Sarcastic and a slap in the face of authority, this band sees the state of humanity as a total diaster and its future as a barren wasteland of Huxleian extremity.
Holiday in Cambodia
Recommended: Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
This seminal California band is based around Greg Ginn's abstract atonality and dissonant structures that cast violent doubt on society's framework, yet unhesitatingly forge forward. The disciplined composition communicates explorations of insecurity and dissatisfaction that are rich in their fervor and bitter substance. Over two decades after its release, the essence these songs captured remains powerful and fresh.
Slayer recorded an album of punk covers called Undisputed Attitude as a tribute to their punk roots with an aggression that emphasized the raw nihilistic recklessness of punk meeting the modernity's speed and anger. Since the time punk appeared, nothing has been solved and the explosive potential it expresses has only increased. Compare this with their classic 1986 release Reign in Blood, still a high water mark for metal.
Abolish Government / Superficial Love
Recommended: Reign in Blood
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