Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The Most Intense Hardcore Records Ever

So, lately, my friend Tripp decided he wanted to make a list of the "most intense" hardcore records ever. Not the best, just the "most intense", which, while similar, seems to be totally different to me. So, I decided that since I'm so bored from never doing shit all day lately, I'd start my own. This is all off the top of my head and I don't have access to my record collection or anything. A lot of this is actually pulled from going over old blog entries here and remembering how insane a lot of the records I've mentioned so far are. I have included links where I could find them, but as always I suggest downloading them to hear them and then getting originals when you can. Dead links are not my problem. Feel free to post links if I missed them, or your own suggestions.

I really need to do something more productive!

His Hero Is Gone-Monuments to Thieves (from the first second this record pummels you, probably the most under-rated hardcore band ever)

Refused-Shape of Punk to Come (I get chills every time I listen to this album)

Circle Takes the Square-As the Roots Undo (this band should be HUGE)

HeWhoCorrupts-The Discographer (the first side more than anything, it's the musical equivalent to getting shot in the face several times in a row)

Koro-700 Club (it's over before you can even understand what's going on)

Godstomper-Saturday Morning Powerviolence (how I never managed to track down a legit copy of this record down is beyond me. I heard it fior the first time years ago and couldn't believe music like this existed)

Blood for Blood-Outlaw Anthems (this record makes me want to cry)

Misfits-Earth AD (This album is a total mindfuck, how did they go from "Last Caress" to this?)

Dead Kennedys-In God We Trust, Inc. (This is their best album, and one of the first hardcore records I ever heard, it's so low budget and fast and aggressive)

Minor Threat-Complete Discography (the single best collection of hardcore songs ever. Or songs, regardless of genre. I get offended when I see the VH1 top 100 greatest rock n roll whatevers and Minor Threat isn't even on it, better than Fugazi and Fugazi never would have existed without this anyway)

Folsom-Like a Viper (this record makes me want to go out and fight jocks)

Born Against-The Rebel Sound of Shit and Failure (another cop-out since it's a collection. This isn't as good as Battle Hymns Of The Race War, but it's more "intense")

Anodyne-A Lifetime of Grey Skies (have you ever contemplated suicide? Listen to this, you will!)

Cut the Shit-Harmed and Dangerous (I used to go nuts listening to Bored to Death, but this record trumps it)


Token Entry-Jaybird (heavy but still fast, posi but doesn't make me laugh)

Positive Reinforcement-Summer Tour (this is so raw and unadultered it makes me feel like I have rabies)

Tragedy-Self Titled (not as moody as Vengence, but spacial enough to provide the ambiance for the heavy shit. "Confessions of a Suicide Advocate" is life shattering)

Deathreat-S/T (see description for the Positive Reinforcement 7")

Neon Christ-S/T (it's so fast and bizare and makes me want to bounce off the walls)

The Boils-Ripping Waters (I will never forget hearing this for the first time and thinking how totally off the wall it was for a streetpunk band to be playing in these weird keys and doing weird rhythm changes so much. This record is only four songs but is so much better than 90% of the other underground crap that came out this decade)

Hated Youth-Hardcore Rules (this record is from the 80s and they managed to squeeze 10 songs on one 7", that's pretty intense)

Reagan SS-Universal and Triumphant (their singles are great, this is about 10,000 times better)

Slumlords-S/T (duh)

Terveet K├Ądet-II (Finland has always done it better)

Lama-S/T (another Finnish classic)

Authorities-Soundtrack for Trouble (this band only lasted for one record, they could have been bigger than the Descendents had they kept going)

Zero Boys-Vicious Circle (one part power-pop in two parts 80s hardcore. If the Germs had stopped doing drugs and learned what melody was, this is what they would have sounded like)

Naked Raygun-Throb Throb (everything about this record is perfect from the fast parts to the heavy parts to the straight fucking grooves)

Replacements-Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (Like Kiss with balls and not the disco beats)

V/A-Decline of Western Civilization Soundtrack (live cuts of FEAR, X, and Reyes era Black Flag all on one record with funny banter from a French guy in the middle, it's essential)

Ramallah-But a Whimper (I know, this is totally lame. I can't help it. This is apparantly before all the drugs drove Rob insane, it's heavy as fuck)

Green Beret-That one record they did that Loren lost on a plane in Osaka because he is a motherfucker and I forgot the name to (you never know what weird sound is going to happen next. It's weird noise/grind/surf/spazz-the-fuck-out rock. They once described this as "run-all-over-your-goddamn-pets-core" and it fits)

V/A-Southeast Hardcore Fuck Yeah! (all powerviolence bands from the Southeast. It's pretty insane and I honestly think parts of each side were cut at different speeds to confuse the fuck out of you)

Graf Orlock/Greyskull split (mostly for the Graf Orlock side because it is one of the most insane recordings I've heard in years and brings sampling to a whole new level)

An Albatross-Freedom Summer Live (I wish I was at this show)

Black Flag-1983 Demos (I still say it's the best thing they ever did. Their later metal stuff but more stripped down)

Bucket Full of Teeth-IV (noise/more noise. How a band had the audacity to put this on wax and then try to sell it to people is completely lost on me, but I got suckered in)

Los Crudos/Spitboy-Split (only the Los Crudos side, the Spitboy side is a bore. Los Crudos were amazing. I wish I was Mexican so I knew what the hell they were saying in all their songs)

V/A-Six Weeks Omnibus Volume 2 (my favorite Japanese hardcore comp)

V/A-Tomorrow Will Be Worse (simply the best hardcore comp. of all time. Charles Bronson, Real Reggae, Fuck on the Beach, Capatalist Casualties, etcetcetc. It never lets up)

Monday, July 14, 2008

Punk Rock Originals: Who's Your Favorite Teen Idol, Baby?

John Leyton-"Johnny Remember Me" (1961, covered by the Meteors)

Rick Nelson-"Lonesome Town" (1958, covered by the Cramps)

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