Friday, July 20, 2007

My Top 5 Hardcore Albums

I like lists. They’re fun, easy to read and good for inciting riots. That being said, here’s my list of 5 Greatest Hardcore Albums of All Time in no particular order. My criterion is to pick out the 5 hardcore albums I worn out in years. Simple, but makes a lot of sense. Case in point, Black Flag's Damaged, I love that album, or other classics such as DK's Fresh Fruit, TSOL's Dance With Me, Exploited's Troops of Tomorrow or The Massacre, but these albums don't have the effect Group Sex or Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing have on me, meaning, I want to listen to these records over and over and over...

My first copy of Circle Jerks’ Group Sex was a cassette I recorded from a friend who has the vinyl. That was in the early 80’s. I have to make a total of 4 copies of it because I fucking worn out the previous 3 tapes. It was until the mid-80’s that the 2-in-1 CD of Group Sex and Wild in the Streets became available here and that's when I retire my cassette copies.

Next up is Cro-Mags’s Age of Quarrel. My friend brought back from New York some vinyl like Age of Quarrel, 3 Misfits albums (Earth AD, Live Evil and Walk Among Us), and some thrash records from Anthrax and Overkill. He gave me the punk ones and kept the thrash metals (this was 1986). I quickly played them when I got home. The last record I played was Age of Quarrel, since I played Walk Among Us twice or thrice, and needless to say I was blown away! This record rendered some of my NYHC records useless for a long time. It was years and years later that I revisited my Gorilla Biscuits, Agnostic Front and Youth of Today. This record is totally awesome.

I got turned on with the Misfits long after they disbanded. Walk Among Us took me completely surprised. I never thought hardcore can be this melodic without any hint of a sell out. And its ghoulish feel added an extra danger to an already dangerous genre. (Where did that shit come from!) Though, I have to admit that some of the lyrics really made me laugh more than anything else, especially Brain Eaters. Anyways, Walk Among US is the epitome of an “All Killer, No Filler” album. I’m listening to it right now while I’m writing this post.

This record is in very punks’ list, Bad Brains’ ROIR release. I was in my second year high school when my classmate introduced me to hardcore. I was already listening to the Clash, Pistols, Buzzcocks and SLF and already heard some hardcore songs like Kill the Poor TV Party so the transition was not that hard. He made a mixed tape of Fear, Black Flag, DK, Exploited, GBH, Wasted Youth, MDC, Suicidal Tendencies, DOA, Minor Threat and the Bad Brains. There are 2-3 songs per band and it’s a very good selection. I Love Living in the City, Catch 23, Business on Parade, Kill the Poor, You’re a Jerk, Institutionalized all classics. But one band stood out from the rest – Bad Brains. And the songs included in the mixed tape was Pay To Cum and Sailin’ On. I quickly put the tape in my Walkman which has an external speaker so we can listen to them without earphones. And when Pay To Cum blasted its way, I literally jumped up me seat and asked what band was that. And when he said Bad Brains, I told him that that’s the illest thing I’ve heard. It sounds really cheesy and all but that’s what I felt, like being hit with a baseball bat. I asked him if he has the complete album which unfortunately he doesn’t. All he has was the two songs he got from another friend’s mixed tape. Not until my first year in college that I got a hold of that album. ROIR’s releases are all in cassette format but I got a vinyl entitled “Attitudes: the ROIR Sessions” which has all the songs in the ROIR release. And when Tower Records opened here, I finally got the chance to buy ROIR CD, the yellow one, with lightning hitting the capitol, complete with liner notes from Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo. I was so stoked that it all I listened to for weeks.

This list is in no particular order and this last album, like the previous one is on everyone’s list. This is the genre-defining record - Discharge’s “Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing.” This album is different from the rest of the album in the list since it has this distinct metallic feel to it. Of course, GBH also has that feel, but their guitars were not as distorted as Discharge’s. Even Discharge’s early outings were also not as distorted as the ones in the Hear Nothing record. You can actually tell if a Discharge song was pre or post Hear Nothing.

Honorable mentions go to Black Flag’s Nervous Breakdown, TSOL’s 1st EP, GBH’s City Baby’s Attacked by Rats, Subhumans’ The Day the Country Died, Descendents’ Milo Goes to College, Poison Idea’s Feel the Darkness, Suicidal Tendencies’ 1st Album, Vandal’s Peace Thru Vandalism, DRI’s Dirty Rotten Record and Rudimentary Peni’s Death Church.

Do you have your own list? Violent reactions? Post it in the comments.

Let the riots begin!


Smthng2Do said...
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Smthng2Do said...

Accidental Double Post. Sorry

Black Flag - Damaged
The Dicks - Dicks 1980-1986
Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal Tendencies
T.S.O.L. - Weathered Statues
The Cirlce Jerks - Wild In The Streets

Honorable Mentions:

Nip Drivers - Destroy Whitey
FEAR - More Beer
Minor Threat / Minor Threat: Complete Discography
M.D.C. - This Blood's For You
Minutemen - The Punchline

Not In Any Paticular Order. Could throw out so many more, but it is hard to put a number an any album for me...

Slobodan Burgher said...

good for inciting riots lol! Tried to write my list here to but I just deleted it because I realised that I am too much of a labels-nerd and confused different genres etc.

Certainly for me, in retrospect, Walk Among Us, Hear Nothing, Damaged, City Babies, Out of Step are albums that I have played so much it is insane...P.I - Feel The Darkness is certainly a very important album for a list like this...

But for me growing up bands like Mob 47, Rovsvett, G-Anx, Anti Cimex etc - i.e. SWEDISH "hardcore" bands, for obvious reasons me being a native of this dreadful country lol. Still, the remarkable thing about some of these Swe-bands were that they were so early...

Dicks - 1980-1986 was one of the 5 most played record for 2006 I would like to add...

himigngkadiliman said...

great post here i like the albums
especially Bad Brains!

uhm this is not kinda hardcore but can you post some Jawbreakers??


Punk Rock Daddy said...

Awrayt! Thanks for sharing your top 5's. Actually, I kind of forgot some more records in the Honorable Mentions - like Anti Cimex Victims..., and Out of Step and probably 2 two I can't seem to remember.

Gilberto von Mamerto said...

Hello my name is Gilberto ( from Chile ), you have good classical albums and several disks become of my favorites. I thank for: The Effigies album, great band!!!

I make a page (blog) where I comment disks and you can reduce them, but this in spanish. My collection's disks and other ones of friends that have sent them themselves are most things.

visit to:


Attitude Adjustment "American Paranoia":

Punk Rock Daddy said...

Gilberto, I've already added your blog to my link. However, I don't know what to do with the Attitude Adjustment link you sent me. I will add it though. And I'll download it even if I already have the album just to see what exactly do you want me to do with it.

By the way, make your comments section in your blog available to everybody since I can't comment because I don't have a Google Account. Hehe

Anonymous said...

Dont forget about the Circle Jerks album Wonderful its got some good stuff on there as well!!!

makabeo said...

aus rotten`s albums were pretty good too

Anonymous said...

just off the top of my head

Black Flag - Everything Went Black
Dead Kennedys - In God We Trust, Inc.
Adolescents - s/t
Germs - GI
Flipper - Generic

Dave said...

Mental Abuse - Streets of Filth
Bad Brains - Rock For Light
Agnostic Front - Victim in Pain
B.G.K. - Jonestown Aloha
Adrenaline O.D. - Wacky Hi Jinx

Anonymous said...

DKs - Plastic Surgery Disasters
Dag Nasty - Can I Say
Bad Brains - Yellow Cassette
RP - Death Church
The Jam - In the City. Yes, The Jam.

Stormy said...

Infest - Slave
Septic Death - Attention
Bad Brains - Roir tape
COC - Eye for an Eye
This is Boston Not LA (does that count?)

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