American Hardcore

A Movie ReelAmerican Hardcore: 6 out of 10.

The cool kids always wore tee shirts celebrating bands like Black Flag, the Dead Kennedys or D.O.A. It was a scene I completely missed and never totally understood. The songs seemed to be big walls of noise devoid of melody or hook. I just didn't get it.

This documentary on the hardcore punk scene from 1979 through 1985 does a fantastic job of explaining it all and showing the evolution as it spread East. It's loaded with fantastic footage and great insight. I didn't know much about Bad Brains prior to last night, but I liked what I heard and I know I'll be hunting for more about these hardcore pioneers. To these ears, they were the best of the bunch.

I think I get it now. I'm just sorry I was born too late.

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Mike from Lowville

I was just going to say Mike, your too young to understand, but I see you know. CFNY would not play stuff like The Dead Kennedys.

September 11, 2007 @ 1:25 AM

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