BORN AGAINST-s/t e.p. (Vermiform VMFM01) 1990
Sort of a companion piece to the recently posted LIFE’S BLOOD 7″, Born Against were another N.Y. band that changed the parameters of what a “hardcore” band could be (and NOT be).
Intelligent and uncomprimising in their views, these guys (and a few other bands) collectively called “bullshit” on most of what was happening in the world at that time. Tackling such heavy issues on this record as consumerism , blind patriotism, religious conviction and the exploitation of women, in a smart and personal way- they stood out from most other bands of the era.
At a time when hardcore was being comodified by major independent record labels (In-effect/Caroline etc.) especially in N.Y. and shows promoting these bands became bigger and more expensive to attend, born against spoke out the loudest. In an infamous “debate” on the WNYU “crucial chaos” radio show, Sam and Adam from born against and Charles from RORSHACH went head to head with the two meatheads (Pete and Lou) from SICK OF IT ALL and the guy who runs the In-effect label. Hilarity insues and nothing much gets solved, but it proved that born against stood behind their convictions and were willing to face people who threatened violence against them for their outspokeness. The lyrics to the song “born again” sum up the comodification issue quite nicely:
Born again as just another product
born again as the next big thing
once a vehicle for outrage now just packaged tastefully
The status quo whose very abuses generated our contempt
now courts us, now treats us like the serviles they know we’ve become.
I reject the leveraged buyout
I reject the corporate sellout
I reject their lame ass version of what the fuck this music is all about.
And make no mistake
all they want is your money
and all they need is your numb nod of approval
and all they demand is your silence
Born again, dead.
After a line-up change or three, they released several more GREAT records and toured a couple times before calling it quits in 1993. It’s hard to sum up a band of such importance in a few paragraphs. Besides the absolutely RAGING music, their views and personal insight brought a much needed, breath of fresh air to hardcore at a time when it was becoming a a sad parody of itself.
Most of these guys went on to other good bands such as MENS RECOVERY PROJECT, THE (YOUNG) PIONEERS and recently the WRANGLER BRUTES. Check out Sam Mcpheeters sites HERE and HERE.
ps: the born against sticker on the cover of this record is actually safety orange
colored but for some reason my scanner wouldn’t pick it up – nerd facts……
Nine Years Later
Witness To A Rape
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LIFE’S BLOOD-Defiance e.p. (Vermiform records VMFM03) 1991
Smart and uncomprimising NYHC hardcore from a band that drew it’s influences from suprisingly typical, thuggish NYHC bands of the early 80’s. These guys cleverly sang about all that was wrong with the N.Y. scene at the time and called out straight edgers, scene unity and questioned their commitment to it. This was originally released on Combined Effort records and after quickly selling out, got a re-release from newly formed, Vermiform records. I avoided this record when it came out, thinking it was typical of a music scene I already didn’t have much interest in….. Boy was I wrong. I got this record for (suprisingly) free when I mail-ordered stuff from Vermiform records. I was blown away by this and it remains one of my fave NYHC records of all time. Guitarist Adam Nathanson went on to form BORN AGAINST and slowly over time, this record got forgotten about. Such a shame…………………hopefully this post fixes that, though !!!!
The Middle Aged Youth blog also posted this a couple years ago. Those guys wrote a far more eloquent and informative post about the record including some insightful commentary from LIFE’S BLOOD singer Jason O’Toole. Check it out HERE
Never make a change
Left me behind
Stick to it
Guilty as charged
Not for the weak
Catch our breath
It's not in your heart
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The Mob – “Upset The System” Mob-Style Records MSR1 1982.
*A repost from November 09, 2005 @ 19:33 Better scans including the back cover and better rip.
Lyric sheet, which I lost. Two pressings exist, one with a black & one with a red cover, black being the first pressing. Again one of the first NYHC bands to exsist…the one thing I have always loved about this single is the sound of the hi-hats, awesome!
Fight For Right
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Krakdown – S/T 7″ (Common Cause Records) ’89
We Need Change
Here’a a “The Mad” special. Both their killer 7″s from the late ’70s. The band were known for their shock performance art type shows. Special effects featured a lot on stage and frontman Screaming Mad George went on to make a career out of it. Working on Hollywood movies and videos for bands that really have no place being mentioned here. Other band members unfortunatley didn’t fare so well and are no longer with us.
So aside from all the artsy aspect this is essential ‘nasal’ punk with a level of complexity that few managed to equal. “I Hate Music” is one of the most vicious riffing punk cuts of the ’70s and has been comped and bootlegged more times than I can count. Included here is their equally great if not greater 2nd 7″ EP.
The Mad – Eyeball 7″ (Disgusting Records, NY, USA) ’79
I hate Music
The Mad – The Hell 7″ EP (Disgusting Records, NY, USA) ’79
Misguided – Options (Reality Records) ’83
Heres the second ep by misguided…the first can be found here.
They Take Your Money
Misguided – Bringing It Down (Reality) ’82
Heres the first Misguided single released in ’82, very ruff and unfulfilling but some of you might enjoy it. Couple of the members went on to form Das Damen. Mad at the World has re-released all the bands material on one disc.
Mad at the World writes… The MISGUIDED songs are compiled! The artwork is done! So, you can expect Misguided Fuggets, 1981-1984 to be out very shortly. An uber-comprehensive retrospective from the annals of first wave NYHC, this CD will include both the Bringin It Down 7” (1982) and Options 7” (1983), in addition to rare demos spanning the bands’ career, and other gems, including the “DC Sessions” engineered by Brian Baker (MINOR THREAT, DAG NASTY, BAD RELIGION).
you bore me
state of war
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Kraut – Kill For Cash (cabbage records) ’81
Kraut holds the title of having the first ‘punk’ video to be played on MTV for the song ‘all twisted’. doug holland went on to play for harley cromag in ’85.
kill for cash
Major Conflict – Self Titled EP (silent scream records) ’83
This is The Sound of NYHC in 1983: Teenagers.
We took our father’s overcoats and painted NO EDGE on them
Flannel shirts or pajama top. Jeans and combat boot.
We hung out on the Lower East Side before it became the Upper East Side,
at CBGB’s before it became a brand of t-shirt
and we were bridge and tunnel before even that too became cool.
We helped Major Conflict carry their equipment in shopping carts, and on the subway,
because cars were not an option.
And this was when no one would even consider watching MTV or listening to
the radio. How could you? Why would you! how could you afford it!!!!! Did it exist?
Would you believe me if I told you people still talk about that show at the Ravenswood Projects?
Who played that show? The Mob? Urban Waste? The Psychos? Armed CItizens?
How many of us were really there?
How many of us are still around?
Does anyone else remember it like I do?
I can go on and on about how things were bettter in the old days, but why bother?
I’ll let the new jacks do it for me.
I’ll let them write about it, sing about it, and even dress the part.
If you were there for this, then this goes out to you.
how do ya feel
not just a song
Get the re-issue of all the Major Conflict music from Mad At The World Records
The Abused – Loud and Clear (Abused Music) ’83
500 made of this rare and amazing nyhc single by the abused, reissued on the 12″ boot ‘the way it was’ lp. again if you got the cash at this very moment you can get a copy for yourself off ebay for as little as $425USD! or better yet just take it from here and pay your rent this month.
loud and clear
just another fool
no end in sight
blow your brains out
drug free youth