Agnostic Front- Victim in Pain (1984)
I don’t think one really understands America without understanding 1980s hardcore. Not that there’s any great truth written there, any great analysis. You might say that 1980s hardcore *also* does not understand America. But the frustrations, the stupidity, the dirtiness, the moral decay of Reaganism, the death of the 1960s vision of flying to the moon and a “Great...
The Dicks- "Shit on Me" (live)
There are probably some people who will never be able to get down with a song called “Shit on Me.” Their loss. In the 1980s, when Austin, Texas was not yet the East Coast’s collective crush object, and its “weirdness” was in no danger, it was home to America’s #1 and #2 best gay hardcore acts: The Dicks and The Big Boys (with MDC occupying an ambiguous...
Nailbiter- Abused LP (2003)
The other day I was in a record store, dressed in my far-from-punk “everyday” clothes, and about to purchase some very un-hardcore 1970’s soft rock, when I became aware of the presence of a gaggle of youngish hardcore dudes flipping through the new arrival bin nearby. They were audibly nerding out, trying to impress each other, and throwing out the periodic “Do you have...