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American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986
     

American Hardcore: The History of American Punk Rock 1980-1986

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To be clear, though the title might imply that this is a 1980s U.S. hardcore punk best-of anthology of sorts, it's actually pretty much a soundtrack to the film documentary American Hardcore, in which most of the 26 songs appear. Nonetheless, it does serve as a decent overview of the scene, if you want to take it that way, and is all the more refreshing for not

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To be clear, though the title might imply that this is a 1980s U.S. hardcore punk best-of anthology of sorts, it's actually pretty much a soundtrack to the film documentary American Hardcore, in which most of the 26 songs appear. Nonetheless, it does serve as a decent overview of the scene, if you want to take it that way, and is all the more refreshing for not concentrating on the more famous
otorious cuts you might expect from such a compilation. There might be just one song (Flipper's "Ha Ha Ha") that was heard by most college radio listeners back in the day, leaving room for some songs that were appreciated in their time but haven't found much play on the reissue scene, like the Freeze's "Boston Not L.A." That doesn't mean that there aren't recognizable bands here; in fact, there are quite a few big figures in the hardcore scene, including Black Flag, Bad Brains, D.O.A., the Circle Jerks, Minor Threat, MDC, the Adolescents, 7 Seconds, Negative Approach, and Flipper. At the same time, there's room for groups that might not be as automatically recognizable to those who didn't grow up during the era, but nonetheless had a noted (if not always terribly talented) presence in the genre, like Die Kreuzen, D.R.I., Jerry's Kids, Gang Green, and Scream. It certainly is as hard and fast as the legend boasts, the 26 tracks adding up to a mere 37 minutes of playing time. That might still be too long for the many general rock listeners whose patience with the assaultive hardcore sound is thin, but for those who want a helping without feeling like they're getting bludgeoned to slow death, it might be just the right amount. One does wish there were more detailed liner notes for such a historically minded compilation of a scene that's been given relatively little exposure on reissues by well-distributed labels like Rhino; the annotation has little more than years, songwriting credits, and a brief summary from the film's writer/producer and director/producer.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/10/2006
Label:
Rhino / Ada
UPC:
0081227419226
catalogNumber:
74192

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Greg Ginn   Composer
Brian Baker   Composer
Spike Cassidy   Composer
Chris Gates   Composer
Greg Hetson   Composer
Earl Hudson   Composer
Darryl Jenifer   Composer
Bruce Loose   Composer
Richard Moore   Composer
Kevin Seconds   Composer
Steve Soto   Composer
Peter Stahl   Composer
Randy Turner   Composer
Steve Youth   Composer
Vic Bondi   Composer
SS Decontrol   Composer
Rick Jones   Composer
Edward Janney   Composer
Ian MacKaye   Composer
Lyle Preslar   Composer
Kurt Brecht   Composer
Franz Stahl   Composer
Harley Flanagan   Composer
Steven Blush   Producer,Liner Notes
Dave "Knucklehead" Dictor   Composer
Sean Finnegan   Composer
Chris Stover   Composer
John Weiffenbach   Composer
Robert Weber   Composer
John Brannon   Composer
Brian Egeness   Composer
Chris Doherty   Composer
Keith Brammer   Composer
Eric Tunison   Composer
Dan Kubinski   Composer
Joe Scuderi   Composer
Bubba Dupree   Composer
Neil Perry   Composer
Paul Rachman   Producer,Liner Notes
Gary Miller   Composer

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