This time around i've just decided to throw all the '80s hardcore stuff i had on my server into one huge post. It's broken into three sections. Section 1 is Anthologies, Discographies, LPs, EPs, and Demos, Section 2 is Japanese HC Classics, and Section 3 is Compilations. Aside from that there's no real order to anything. It truly is just a grab-bag. Many of the anthologies and discographies i compiled myself using the best sources possible. I also went back and re-did some stuff i've posted in the past. I've tried to include as much rare/harder to find stuff as i could. Other stuff may be available on bandcamps or Amazon or whatever, but those are remastered, so i'd suggest still buying it. A lot of the sources i used were from long out of print CDs, or cassettes and vinyl which i "mastered" myself. Hopefully this post exposes people to some new music.
If anyone want music removed, please just email me or leave a comment and i'll delete the link immediately. Thanks.
Roughly 250 downloads in this post. Plenty of Easter Eggs too, out in plain site this time to make it easy. All together probably well over 300 downloads of all '80s hardcore / punk. Enjoy!
Anthologies, Discographies, LPs, EPs and Demos
God On Drugs
Deranged hardcore from Ohio. Fast rippers, dark dirges and some rock infused madness. A few live tracks randomly thrown in, and a production that seems to change from song to song all adds to the charm. Very unique band. All recorded in 1984.
This, along with the Plague, was some of the first stuff i ever ripped from vinyl back in the mid-'90s when the technology was new. I had two huge components hooked up to my turntable and would use re-writable CDRs, which cost like 10 bucks a pop. A of of that stuff came out really great, including this one. The first Chronic Disorder LP from 1985. This is catchy as hell, amazing hardcore punk from South Windsor, Connecticut. One of my faves. If there was ever an '80s HC album that was underrated or overlooked, this is it. Incredible songwriting and musicianship, a great vocalist, and epic songs with a perfect sense of melody. This is one of those rare gems where every song is better than the last. My highest recommendation for this one, and i spent an ungodly amount of time on this, so i doubt you'll find a better rip anywhere. If you click only one link today, make it this one.
The band's EPs from 1983 and 84 are also excellent. They also recorded two more full lengths. Blithering Idiots from '86 and Drums Of War from '88. I've yet to hear either, but i'll remedy that soon enough. There's also a 3-way split CD called Hardcore From The Early Days with Chronic Disorder, White Pigs and Target Cells which was released on Coldsweat Records in 2004. If anyone has a rip of this, please hook me up.
Words As Weapons
Another bizarre HC band, a bit similar to Spike In Vain. This is straight up psycho ward shit. The music is frantic and disjointed, and the vocalist is insane, at times sounding like a demented witch. This is a rip of their only album, recorded in 1984 and released on Sacrificial Records in 1985. Even the cover art screams that this is not your typical hardcore record. They also released a cassette in '84.
Pretty sure this one was done by Dan from the defunct Old, Fast & Loud blog. Great early '80s no-frills hardcore with C.O.C. members. Reed on drums and Woody on bass.
Rock 'N' Roll Party
(Link removed by request. Discography in the works)
Crusty and crazy and at times psychedelic. There was really nothing else like in in '82. This is everything they recorded. Most of it taken from the CD on Lost and Found, which sounds excellent. People like to throw around the term "outsider hardcore". Well this is the real outsider shit.
My fave AOF tracks. Most of these were taken from the long out of print "Core" CD. They also have a great 2xCD discography with the LPs and other tracks. For some reason the tracks from the Charred Remains comp aren't on those, and those are some of the their best songs. Ghost in This House is a especially killer. Favorite AOF song will always be the first song i ever heard by them, Buried Alive. Hardcore that knows how to rock.
All the comp tracks and demos from from the band's HC days. The prize here is the 1988 demos with Simon on vox. The sound quality is really good on these tracks, especially the first track, which i'm pretty sure is an outtake from the EP. Would have loved a full length with that lineup. Thanks to Jeremy Smith for the '88 demos.
Fuck The World
Crazed hardcore punk from New Hampshire. It has the vicious energy of a band like Urban Waste mixed with the dark vibes of Rudimentary Peni. In other words it's great stuff. This is an upgrade of a collection i had on the blog nearly 10 years ago.
I Want More
Some of the first hardcore i ever heard back in the mid '80s, and the s/t album still sounds amazing today. Hard to believe this shit came out in '83, but this is where crossover begins. This collection has the first album, remastered, plus some comp tracks and the complete 1982 demos. Yardstick shit right here.
Fucking Void. This is everything they did. Forgot where i got the unreleased LP rip, but it's from a master source, not a vinyl rip. I've had it forever. I love the LP by the way. It sounds like exactly what it is, Void trying to play rock. How can that not be the greatest thing ever?
Another revised collection from a post i did way back. The old anthology had a couple of skips and some missing sound bites. This one doesn't. Plus i think it sounds much better, and is all ripped at 320 as opposed to the old 192kbps job. I dropped the live stuff to fit everything on one disc. Here's a fun fact. You can fit 77 Infest songs onto an 80 minute CD with exactly 1minute to spare. Be great of they did that officially. Oh yeah, Infest still rules.
Couldn't fit this on the anthology but i had to include it. Vicious rehearsal from '88. The perfect soundtrack for killing people who write books about how hardcore died in 1986.
Frantic crossover madness from Seattle. My favorite is Maddest Stories, but these 2 predecessors from '86 and '87 are both classics. Splatter Rock!
These Are Coptic Times
This is the CD version of the original PVC mix. If you haven't heard this version of the album, you haven't heard the album. Just as good as the Roir Tape. Well, almost.
Live at The Filmore
Incredible sounding set from 1982 when the Brains were the greatest live band on the planet.
Rock 'N' Roll Gas Station
Lots of early demos and other rare tracks from these Jersey fastcore clowns.
Studio discography of this French hardcore with an an incredible combination of melody and speed. The split LP from '86 is the standout for me, but it's all great stuff. This is the first disc of a 2xCD put out on Ratbone over 10 years ago. The second disc was various live tracks.
The Biscuits Demos
This is the bootleg CD put out on Manson Records in '96. Great sound. This, along with the Dez sessions from EWB, are my favorite Flag recordings. So much heavier and more full sounding than the studio releases of these tracks, and Biscuits on drums just adds to the greatness. This would have been the ideal lineup for a full length. The Radio Tokyo tracks sound great as well. Killer version of Swinging Man.
The Pre-Damaged Demos
Like the '82 demos, i think these recordings sound better than the actual album. Again, really great sound of this. Not sure where i got this one, i've had it for a while now. I don't even see it on Discogs in any form. I threw the cover together myself.
Crossover heavies from CA. The Convicted LP from '86 is my fave, but i'll take this one over Money Talks any day. I always thought that one was a bit generic. Stream, however, is total caveman shit. Complete devolution. It's like they just "fuck it" to everything. Production, tightness, structure, and of course their fans. I think it's a masterpiece though. A huge middle finger of primitive hatred. Perfect.
I'm probably in the minority on this, but i think this is by far the band's best album. Falsehood Claws / Overdrive is the killer one-two punch.
Another revised collection from an extremely old post. I had the same source files to work with, including a really clean version of Breakaway that i ripped from vinyl back in the '90s. The demo especially stands the test of time. So unique for it's time. The NYHC formula of fast HC, with breakdowns and gang shouts, condensed into 30 second songs. I still have my hopes up for an official release one day.
Best Italian hardcore band ever, and they never sounded better than on their demos. Raw, fast and political. The 1983 demos were taken from the Burning The Factory CD on GTA Records, and the unreleased 1982 demos were taken from the You Are The Victim CD re-release on FOAD Records in 2013.
Cows and Beer
The early Kreuzen recordings from '81-'82. The EP, comp tracks and 2 full demos.
Hardcore punk from CA. This has the complete 1983 EP sessions, the 12" from '84, plus demo and live tracks. The EP sessions are excellent. Fast and angry with some crunchy breakdowns. Sometimes it sounds like a heavier version of Circle Jerks.
Never Too Old
Hardcore from Bethesda, just outside DC. This is ripped from the mastered Outside Looking In CD put out on Lost and Found in 1990. Great stuff, but Watcher into Spook Surf is my fave. Members later went onto Marginal Man.
Kill Your Landlord
Dark and political hardcore from San Francisco. As much as i love the earlier stuff, this is my favorite material. Fast rippers and doomy dirges. A bit of a Peni vibe, which is always a good thing. Riding the Flatlands!
Great but a bit overlooked Bay Area early '80s hardcore band that played equal measures 4-chord thrash and melodic punk anthems. Some of it reminds me of the more hardcore Husker Du material. This is the complete discography CD released on Subterranean in 2005. Assfactor 4 did a great cover of Attempted Control on their s/t LP. Thanks to Gen for the rip.
Rat In A Maze
This is my fave Plague stuff, half of it not released on the official CD. The "discography" CD is missing 1 track from the first EP and 8 of the 10 tracks from the split LP. This collection has both EPs and the split LP in their entirety, plus a demo from '82 (which is free on the band's bandcamp). If you want to hear the full length from 1990, buy the CD. I first heard Plague back in '87 on the Pat Duncan radio show on WFMU and became obsessed with the band at the time. I wrote the vocalist back in the mid '90s and he was nice enough to send me some of their records, which i immediately ripped onto CDR. The EPs are from the CD, the split LP tracks are from my own rip which i recently revised. This shit is absolutely ripping. Some of the most underrated '80s hardcore you'll ever hear.
This is the full session from the classic 1983 EP from this Boston SE Hardcore band.
New York City hardcore band that sounds nothing like your typical NYHC. This is absolutely furious heavy hardcore punk. Duel guitar and duel bass attack, with massive drumming and monstrous vocals. Just relentless and raging thrash here. Both LPs recorded live at CBGB, then overdubbed and remixed. The comp track sounds different from the LP tracks. It's a super fast and short ripper that sounds completely unhinged. I love this shit. This collection has much better sound quality than the one posted in the past. Oh yeah, bassist Mike Kirkland went on to form Prong.
More greatness from Damage. The 1985 demo, the live WFMU set from '86 and 3 comp tracks from '88. The WFMU set kills.
This is the "almost complete discography" CD released on Damaged Goods back in 1997. Not sure what's missing. Anyway, you know the drill. Super fast hardcore from Massachusetts. Members went on to form Dinosaur Jr., pretty much starting off the grunge and indie scenes.
This is basically the exact same collection i posted back in 2010. I just added 2 tracks. Vengeance (with extended doomy intro) and Squeegee Man, both from the super rare 1993 demo. I would have posted the entire demo, but the sound quality is for shit on some of the other tracks. These 2 sound great though.
Demos, rough mixes, EP, and comp tracks from one of the best ever. The jackpot here is the entire 14-track "Vats" demo from 1984 in excellent quality. Some of their best stuff.
Two crossover classics. Some of my favorite music ever recorded.
The No Illusions EP from 1983 is a US hardcore classic, right up there with the EPs of Koro, YDI, Deep Wound etc. This is hardcore with great energy and songwriting and it just blazes by. This CD put out by GTA collects the EP, the demos for the LP (which was recorded around '84 but not released until '87), plus lots of rehearsals, outtakes and live radio tracks.
CD collection of early EPs by this classic Finnish punk hardcore band. They put out some great material between 1980-1983 and then broke up.
All the best Flipper recorded between 1979 and 1982. Love 'em or hate 'em type band. I love 'em.
Amsterdam's greatest. Here's both the demos, plus the first EP and first LP, taken from CD versions. To me, the first demo still stands as one of the greatest punk recordings ever. Melodic basement thrash that never lets up.
This is a collection of every song this amazing NYHC band ever wrote. Best version (according to me) of each song. The EP was mastered by the band, the rest was mastered by myself. I'm really happy with the way this one came out. Excellent sound throughout. The first track is a crushing instrumental that was released on one of those old Pushead skate comps. Fave track is the '87 demo version of Idle Hands.
Boston HC recorded in 1983 at Radiobeat, but not released until over 5 years later. Three tracks did appear on the Empty Skulls cassette in '84 though. Nightstalker is an all-time classic. Probably the most copied riff in the history of hardcore.
Hardcore from Oxnard, California. This has the complete 1982 demos plus some radio and live tracks.
Wreck Your World
One of the best crossover thrash bands from Venice, California. This is the first full length from '87 with a shitload of bonus tracks from '85 and '86. The second LP is great too.
Lack Of Knowledge
Hardcore fused with dark post-punk from London. They had releases on Corpus Christi and Crass among others, so they got lumped into the whole anarcho scene. But they kinda stuck out in the same way the Peni did. This is all the band's '80s stuff. Heavy Joy Division vibes. They also recorded a batch of songs in August of 2000 at Southern Studio in London, all written in the early to mid '80s. They sound excellent by the way. Seriously every bit as good as their early recordings. Those are all on the Americanized CD put out by GTA in 2001.
Back From The Dead
Thrash hardcore from Toronto, Ontario. This is the LP released on Pusmort in 1986, revised from an older post that also included the demo. Twenty track LP with each song averaging one minute.
Complete discography of this classic early '80s hardcore band. My second fave TIBNLA band only after Jerry's Kids.
Demented hardcore from CA that just has a "fuck it" attitude about it. Like Flipper, you'll either love it or hate it. I'm sure you know where i stand.
More crazed Fang material. Three albums, one being unreleased until this came out in 2011.
Jersey hardcore punk with an obvious Misfits vibe. Way more than just a clone band though. These guys wrote some catchy, killer tunes. The WFMU set from '82 at the end of the CD is the band at the top of their game. Eleven of their best songs, raw and amped up. It just straight kills. I actually like this set as much as any Misfits recording.
Metal tinged hardcore from Massachusetts. This is the first half of their discography, collecting all their songs from 1982-1984. The second CD, released a few years later, covers the stuff from 1985-1995.
Pretty straight forward hardcore from Connecticut. Some great guitar work, a good vocalist and a sense of humor sets them apart though. Formed in '83 by members of C.I.A. and Reflex From Pain. Thanks again to Gen.
Better Than You
Complete GB discography. The '87 demo has always been my fave, and this one sounds great.
Ready To Fight
All the essential NA stuff on one disc. All the studio recordings, plus all the best sounding demos and live tracks. Crucial.
This one has all my fave BB stuff. The first EP, split LP and first full length. Mutant Rock.
More of the Boys. The second EP and the second and third LPs.
Early '80s goth punk from the UK. Creepy sombre stuff here. This is all their recordings from the '80s, all remastered. Similar to Peni in spirit, but not in sound so much. Great and unique punk / post-punk. Amazing artwork too.
Absolutely ripping fast hardcore from Portland. This collects all the EPs and demos, plus an amazing unreleased LP from '85 that just destroys. This is the kind on anti-PC stuff that would (and probably did) have MRR's panties in a bunch. So highly recommended.
Satan Is God
Great mid to late '80s hardcore / crossover from San Francisco. The 12" EP from '88 is my personal favorite, but the first LP and demo kick ass as well. It's all here. They reformed at some point and i think they're still around today, although i haven't heard anything past the '80s. I usually try and always keep it like that if possible.
Show Your Hardware
One of my top 5 favorite hardcore bands of all time. This is all the stuff they recorded up to '86. Untouchable. They recorded a bunch more stuff after that, but that dark and manic quality that made this shit so great was gone by then. Still, as long as these 18 songs exist (and have probably been released 20 different ways by now), that's all i need. These tracks were ripped from the Crossed Out Twice CD put out in 1999.
Thrashy and crusty hardcore with female vocals from the UK. The later demos, which i like better, are more metallic. This has all the demos from '84 to '86.
Fast hardcore from Madison, Wisconsin post Mecht Mensch. This CD has the two HC 12" EPs from '83 and '85, before they tried to sound like the Minutemen. There was a Tar Babies / Mecht Mensch split cassette in the early '80s which i've never heard. They were also on lots of early classic comps like Meathouse, Party Or Go Home and The Master Tape Vol. 2. They even had 2 exclusive tracks on the America's Dairyland comp cassette under the moniker Bloody Mattresses.
Off To War
Early hardcore from Michigan. One of the first bands on Touch and Go. This has both the EPs from 1981, the comp track from Process of Elimination, plus lots of outtakes and live tracks.
Great diverse hardcore punk, with elements of post-punk and rock on some tracks. The first EP is a killer slab. Great vocals and sense of melody. This CD put out by GTA in 1996 has loads of tracks from 1981 through 1987.
Hardcore heavies that put out some of the best hardcore ever in their prime. This CD has the EP plus lots of demos and comp tracks. 46 tracks. All rippers.
Juvenile and tongue-in-cheek offensive punk fronted by Black Flag roadie "Mugger", who usually played naked. One any given night opening for Flag, band members would include players from Black Flag, Descendents, Minutemen, Misfits, and even Minor Threat. Basic 4-chord amped up blues riffs and occasional dirges with lyrics straight out of the GG Allin handbook. The PC Police must have had a heart attack with this one.
Melodic punk hardcore from Nevada. They were on a shitload of great early HC comp cassettes and albums. My fave song was always the version of Reagan Youth from the Charred Remains tape. This GTA CD has the demos, EP, and loads of live tracks.
Straight forward NYHC with Billy Milano on vocals. Tommy Rat from the early Warzone lineup replaced Billy in 1985. When he started Trip 6 about a year later, he took most of these songs with him. Roger Merit played bass in the beginning, so you'll recognize a couple of early AF songs as well. This is a really good rip of the demo (much better than the one on the S.O.D. / M.O.D. website), plus some rehearsals including a track not on the demo. The song Before was on the Big City's One Big Crowd comp from '85.
Some Obscure Band From Jersey
Being it's October and all... just a collection of my fave tracks from these guys, including the 12 Hits sessions from 1980.
The Last War
Hardcore from Queens. The song From What I See must be one of the fastest songs of it's time. It's got that crazy blast drumming similar to No Sense from DRI released the same year. This CD has all the demos and EPs from 1980-1984.
Guns At My School
All my favorite early Du on one disc.
Die At War
Another great GTA CD. Just check the track list. The Crunch On demo is great stuff, and the live Antidote sounds amazing. Great unreleased studio track from '84 called Deadly Rain.
Kick ass Swedish fastcore. My fave is the split LP with Plague. Love that guitar sound.
The epitome of NYHC. Another one of my fave bands ever. This has the VIP album ripped from the original CD on Combat, the first EP, plus rehearsals and EP sessions ripped from the GTA collection from '95.
I Hate Sports
Collection of my favorite HC tracks from these Reno legends.
Really good HC from Brooklyn that kinda flew under the radar. The '88 demo rules. The vocals are in the vein of NY Hoods or Fit Of Anger, in other words real Italian sounding. I love this stuff. Check it out.
Another great demo from '88. This one from Long Island, and features members of tons of classic NY bands.
German hardcore from Bavaria. These guys were on like 50 comps, most notably Welcome To 1984 and Cleanse The Bacteria. This yet another GTA release, loaded up with EPs and demos.
Heavy and crusty hardcore / crossover from Chicago. Angry shit. This CD collects all the '80s material. The band continued on into the '90s.
Crossover thrash from NY. This is the band's only record from 1989 on Death Records and it's a burner. These guys did the back up vox for AF's Liberty and Justice For... album.
The Beginning And End Of Grindcore Part 1
The Beginning And End Of Grindcore Part 2
All you'll ever need from ND.
I Remember Home
Just a comp of my fave Raygun songs. Figured it would fit here. My 8 year old son's favorite band.
Cokes and Snickers
Classic skate punk from Arizona. This has all their best stuff.
Early NYHC. This is the only thing i know of that they ever released, an album recorded live at CBGB’s on Feb. 26, 1983 and put out on Big City. I don't even think they even recorded a demo. Whatever, this is a great album. Eight tracks of heavy NY punk, including a short thrasher called Ferry Food. I've always loved that cover art too. Awesome.
Raging crossover from CA. This CD has the 2 albums on Death Records. This is the band at their most metallic. Their best stuff.
Hardcore punk that's all over the place. Typical '80s HC bangers, ripping thrash, Flipper-like dirges, straight-up '77 punk, crossover, and just off the rails weirdness like the song Malinger With the Devil. All great by the way. This is the CD version of the album with 16 bonus tracks. Some of the live stuff is just amazing.
ENT Peels Out
This are the best ENT recordings, especially the '87 session. Crust perfection.
Really good LA punk band. The title fits as it's a very random album. Melodic punk songs followed by 10-30 second HC blasts. Some of the gloomier stuff would fit right in on comps like Hell Comes To Your House or American Youth Report. The LP was recorded in 1983 and not released until '87. This is the CD version with lots of bonus tracks taken from various comps and a the Four Song EP from '83.
Classic Orange County punk with Rikk Agnew and some other Adolescents members. This is a comp of my favorite D.I. tracks. Some of these songs were on Rikk's solo album.
Crossover thrash from Illinois, more on the metal side than hardcore. These are the demos from '86 and '88 which i nabbed from by bud Dan's old blog, Old, Fast and Loud. The first LP was re-issued by Relapse. I gotta check thought out eventually.
Time For Smack
More great early '80s HC punk from CA. And once again GTA jams the CD with demos and live tracks. The real gem here is the 12" EP from '83.
Anti Anti Anti
All the band's best recordings from 1981-1983. Autopsy tracks taken from the rare CD version. One of the best punk bands ever to walk out shit planet.
Vodka and Pills
All my fave party hits on one disc. Connecticut style.
Texas hardcore band who later moved to CA. This is their first and best album from '84, ripped from the CD on Beer City with a full live set as bonus tracks. On this album VA were a powerful and fast hardcore thrash band. They recorded another albumin '86 with a completely new lineup and went full on metal.
Academy Fight Songs
This is an anthology of all my fave Burma tracks. Not hardcore, but it's so damn good i figured i'd throw it into the mix.
Legendary speedcore from the UK who played (and competed) a lot with Napalm Death. The first CD here has the Whose Generation? EP, recorded in 1988 and BBC Sessions from '88 and '89. The second CD has a couple of EPs from '86 and '87, and the classic split LP complete with unreleased recordings from the session.
The ultimate street metal/punk band from NJ. They dressed like a glam version of Road Warrior and played a punk version of Venom and Motorhead with lyrics about violence and sex. The Submit To Genocide LP from '87 is their best stuff. Perfect from start to finish. I still love jamming this stuff 30 years later, there's really nothing else like it. This is a rip of the 2xLP remastered discography put out in 2010 on Horror Recs. "Party Til Death, I Wanna Die Wasted!"
Face Down In The Dirt
Fast and catchy Texas hardcore. Mikey "Offender" Donaldson also played in DRI and MDC. Mandatory stuff here. This is the GTA CD that has the EP from '84, the LP from '85 and the usual assortment of demo and live tracks you'd expect from this label.
Let's Play Mailman!
Hardcore from Queens without the look and sound of NYHC. These guys played catchy punk rock 'n' roll with campy lyrics. One of my old bands played with these guys at a battle of the bands type show at some warehouse once. Somehow they didn't win even though they blew every other band so far away it was silly. This is a great album that brings back lots of great memories. Pretty much my soundtrack from the summer of '89.
All you need from this moody LA band is right here, from 1981-1983. Political hardcore, goth punk, and keyboard driven post-punk/rock.
Sexy And Christian
The earlier stuff is great, but this one from '87 is my fave. Maybe because it's the first one i heard. Starts off with great two crossover-type tracks and then settles into a punk hardcore vibe.
East Side Hardcore
Heavy and angry NYHC. The demo was recorded in '88 and released in '89. The bass player also played for Breakdown in their heyday, an drummer Jim played in the extremely underrated NY band Sarcasm.
Hardcore thrash / metal band formed by Jeff Dahl after the Angry Samoans. This is the CD version of the LP from 1983 with added demos and rehearsals.
American Town Hardcore
All the essential '80s stuff aside from the first EP.
Incredible hardcore band from Finland. This CD has tons of classic shit. Massive stuff.
This collection has the earlier, more punk EPs and some ripping demos from '83-'86.
Get It Away
Boston straight edge classic from 1983.
Dark punk band from CA, where else? Anthology of recordings from 1981-85. The comp tracks were always their best stuff. Death In The Desert is incredible. They also put out a split cassette with a band called Phantom Opera in 1986 which i'd love to hear. Some members went on to play in Tex and The Horseheads. They reformed in the late '90s after Sublime covered one of their tracks, kinda digging them out of obscurity.
World At War
Early punk HC from Washington, DC, and just one of the best DC bands ever. I'd put Potential Suicide or World At War up against any punk song ever recorded. This is not a complete discography.
Fast skate/surf punk from Oxnard, CA. One of the founding bands of the "Nardcore" scene. This is the first LP put out on BYO in 1983.
Life Of Hate
30th Anniversary edition CD of the 1984 demo, the 2 comp tracks and 4 bonus tracks. Recorded 2/6/84 and 10/26/84 in Boston, Mass. Some of the most raging hardcore ever put to tape.
Drive By Shooting
Henry's first solo recordings after Flag, released in '87. His best stuff along with the Hot Animal Machine LP.
Yet more early Cali punk. Heavy rock influence, campy and rockin'. Bit of a Misfits vibe at times, and even a couple of slower doomy tracks. This has the full sessions from both EPs, as well as some other sessions and rehearsals.
Semi-obscure mid-'80s Brooklyn hardcore. This is the CD version with all 3 demos and 5 bonus tracks. The first demo from '86 is like a NYHC version of DRI ad features Andy Guida from Altercation and Supertouch. The other 2 demos are less chaotic but just as great. My personal fave is the second demo from '87.
Late '80 metallic HC band that sounded a bit like early Neurosis. Members went on to Fu Manchu. This collects the LP, the demo and some live tracks.
Band of Bad Brains' roadies fronted by JJ of Cro-Mags. Early NYHC sound, obviously influenced by Brains and Motorhead, who they cover as an opener. Great quality soundboard recording.
Hardcore from Venice, CA with Suicidal members. These guys were tearing it up Discharge style long before so many bands were doing it that it became a sub-genre. This GTA CD has everything, including an unreleased LP from '84. My fave are the live tracks from the Empty Skulls cassette.
Melodic HC from Oxnard, CA. Part of the "Nardcore" scene along with bands like Ill Repute and Agression who fused punk with skateboarding. CD version of the LP from '84 with bonus tracks. They reformed in the late '90s and even recorded a full length. Pretty sure they're still together.
Excellent but obscure Clevo hardcore that started in '83 as an offshoot of The Dark. Drummer Dave Araca also played in False Hope, Integrity, The Dark and other bands until he died of an aneurysm in 1994. This is a 2xLP collection of mostly unreleased music.
Classic NYHC from Queens. This is a CD of the first 2 albums.
Massive Finnish HC. The title of the CD says it all. They started in 1980 and kept on going until a couple of years ago. This is the GTA CD jammed with early material.
Early NY band who didn't record much in their early days. Only some of this stuff was recorded in the '80s, but it's all great Motorhead influenced HC.
Kick ass hard rocking punk HC. Most of the early releases were on Mystic. This is an anthology that includes the EP from '82, the LP from '84, plus comp and unreleased tracks. Essential.
Build Me A Bomb
One of my favorite band ever from Boston. The '83 LP is a ripper with some serious drumming, but my fave was always the comp tracks. Hardcore perfection.
Seattle straight edge classic. This is the CD version of the LP from '89, which is really an anthology of EP, demo and comp tracks all recorded in November of 1988. Love the bass playing on this stuff.
Anther revision of an old post. Really good sound quality. I still love these demos today, 30 years after first hearing them. I remember buying the '88 demo in Bleeker Bobs in '88. Great live band.
War In My Head
British speedcore LP from '88 released on Earache. This is a rip of the Japanese-only CD version with 4 bonus tracks including Heresy and Siege covers.
Early LA punk with Social D and Descendents members. This has the '85 LP plus loads of demos.
Smile For A Price
Heavy, negative NYHC with some metal influences. This is a comp of all the demos. Their best stuff. The first LP from '89 was great as well. They never seemed to have the same lineup from year to year.
Ruins Of America
Slowed down rock/punk fronted by Will Shatter of Flipper and Negative Trend with members of Bad Posture as the rhythm section. Demented stuff as expected. The LP was recorded in '85 and never officially released outside of a few test pressings. Shatter died of an overdose in '87. This is the CDR version with bonus tracks put out in 2011 on MEKA out of France. I love this stuff. I imagine many won't.
Hardcore punk band from Centerport, New York with members of Satan's Cheerleaders. The '83 demo is raw and fast, and the '85 LP is an odd mix of metal and pop. Unique stuff.
My favorite GTA release ever. Incredible hardcore from Virginia. The unreleased album is a monster of rockin' hardcore. Sounds like a mix of live and studio tracks thrown together, all great. The LP from '83 is a killer as well, and the EP is much more straight forward, short thrash songs. One of the best.
Early unknown NYHC band with Mackie on drums and Noah of the Icemen on bass. Recently brought out of obscurity by having unearthed tracks on Freddy Alva's "Urban Styles Mixtape" comp. Beastie Boys used the music from Feel Like a King for their song Time For Livin' on their Check Your Head LP. Bad Brains vibes.
NOTA's first release. Recorded live on January 11th, 1983 in Tulsa, Oklahoma and self-released on cassette in 1983. This is the CD version with bonus tracks put out by Prank in 2000. Killer thrash punk. Great versions of tracks that would wind up on the band's first EPs and LP. Moscow is a HC staple. The band continued on til 2000, changing lineups every 2-3 years.
Anthology In A Box
Just a collection of my favorite GI stuff. Get the 2xCD to hear more. Classic DC hardcore, in case you didn't know.
NYHC with members of other classic NY bands. Released in 1988 on Schism. Five tracks. Great cover of a band member getting his hand stamped to get into some trendy NY bar.
Raw, straight forward and simple NYHC. Members were also in Psychos, Warzone, Ultra-Violence, Mentors and Fathead Suburbia. Lots of re-recorded Psychos songs from when vocalist Tommy Rat was in the band.
Furious Italian HC demo from 1982-83. The '83 tracks are especially great. The opening track is a crusher. Ripped from remastered Punk Territory CD. This is all they ever recorded. They would have been huge is they put out vinyl at the time.
Another incredible demo from Italy. One of the best, along with Raw Power and The Wops. Twenty-two tracks of real diverse HC punk. Great songwriting. Great guitar sound. Self released on cassette in 1983 and re-released in '84 on Chaotic Society out of France, with new artwork.
Hardcore band from Ohio. One of the originators. This is ripped from a bootleg discography CD i got back in the '90s. Sound is not the greatest, but this stuff was never officially re-released.
The Necros' 1987 rock album on Restless. CD version.
Are You Afraid?
No shortage of great early '80s Cali punk HC bands. These guys played fast and melodic, with some darker songs that have that creepy Rikk Agnew guitar sound. I love stuff like this. The 1980 demo is nuts, especially for it's time. Most of it is 20-30 second fast HC songs. The second demo from '83 fleshed everything out and laid down the sound for the LP. This CD has everything these guys recorded from 1980-1984. Vocalist John Macias was murdered by Santa Monica Police in 1991, three days after a reunion show.
Boston Cocaine Core
More Boston HC. They didn't record much hardcore before they went metal/rock, but all the HC they did record is here.
Snitches Get Stitches
Metallic NYHC from Queens. One of the essentials, recorded in '87 and released in '89. I used to see these guys open for everyone back in the late '80s and they were always amazing.
Perverted Nerds / Emotive Drive
Hardcore punk from Jersey. The Perverted Nerds '87 demos are great. As with most NJ stuff i discovered this on Pat Duncan's radio show. The Emotive Drive EP is s a bit more serious sounding and has a NY influence.
Fast and angry hardcore from Boston. The '84 demo and '85 LP are especially great thanks to the raw production. This is the CD discog on Mystic.
Crazy HC from Ohio. These guys shared members with Spike In Vain and play a mad mix of thrash and goth-punk. This is the first disc of a 2xCD discography. The second disc is all live recordings.
New Breed 88 Demo
Little known NYHC demo from 1988 that sounds a hell of a lot like Breakdown. Heavy stuff. Apparently they got into a fight with the SOIA crew and had to stop playing shows in NY.
Ur Funktion / Svart Sno
Split CD of Swedish HC. Ur Funktion do 8 tracks of crushing thrash hardcore/metal recorded in '85. Sound like Damage from NY at times. The rest of the CD is all Svart Sno. Ripping late '80s metallic hardcore from Sweden tearing it up Discharge style. This CD is a must.
More hardcore from Sweden. The mighty G-Anx started out as pretty standard crusty HC, but soon evolved into a hyper-speed crossover killing machine with outside influences coming in from all over the place. This CD has all the vinyl material from the late-80s up til '91, right before they broke up, and 2 unreleased tracks. They also had lots of tracks on cassette comps from '84-87 that aren't on here.
Since i've posted a few Discharge influenced bands, i figured i'd throw in the real thing, plus it wouldn't be an '80s HC post without these guys. I love all their stuff up to '85, but the Never Again EP from '84 is my personal fave. This is the CD version of the Never Gain anthology, which has the EP, plus various EP and LP tracks, all remixed. I've always loved the sound on this collection more than any other Discharge. Maybe because it was the first recordings i heard by the band, and it just stuck with me.
The Fucked Years
Hardcore band from Palo Alto, CA. Pretty much what you'd expect from early '80s Cali HC. Fast songs mixed with darker dirges. Another great GTA release, again packed with lots of early demos.
Swedish hardcore / crossover / Motohead punk. This is a collection of recordings from 1986-1989. Recent discovery for me, thanks to by pal Gen.
Great hardcore / crossover album from '87. Cult classic.
One of the first NY hardcore bands. This is the anthology CD put out by Another Planet in '96. Has pretty much all the goods except for the second EP for some reason. And once again, thanks to Gen for this.
Early '80s angry female fronted NYHC. With songs like Fuck Everything, Bullshit Inc. and Are You Ready To Die? it's pretty negative stuff. Discography CD.
JAPANESE HARDCORE CLASSICS
This is just scratching the surface when it comes to '80s Japanese hardcore, but i've included my absolute faves, all what i consider the absolute essentials.
Super Fun Happy Satan Time
Demented hardcore/metal that's like a mix of Venom, Motohead and GISM. One of the best Japanese bands of the time. Unfortunately they didn't record more stuff. This is a CD of the entire discography. The amazing 4-song EP, the 2 comp tracks and a live set. All recorded in 1984. Vocalist "Happy" also sang for Gudon.
Kill Ugly Pop
Hardcore from Tokyo. The earlier stuff has more of a rock HC vibe and the later stuff was more metal. Great guitar work. The anthology CD has lots of EPs and comp tracks from 1984-1988 and shows the progression of the band from punk to thrash. The first LP from '86 is kick-ass. This is the CD version released on Captain in 1989.
Massive thrashing hardcore from Osaka. The comp tracks from '84 is just wall of sound madness. Like most Japanese HC bands, they got more metal as they went on. This CD has the entire Outo discography except for the split EP with S.O.B.
Stop Jap Go Go Mushi
Early punk band from Toyko and one of the best. The Anthology CD contains all the more punk sounding material from 1980-1982, plus the more HC tracks from '83-84. Lastly is the Fish Inn LP, which shows the band moving away from hardcore and into slower, and much longer, sometimes jazzy rock / punk. Definitely an acquired taste LP. The Stop Jap Go Go Mushi CD has exactly what you'd expect. The first 2 full lengths and the '83 EP. Incredible stuff. All ripped from the Best Sellection 2xCD on Japan Records in 1986. Sounds much better than the current remasters in my opinion.
Chaotic hardcore. The '83 flexi is complete madness and the '84 EP is heavy, crusty, bass-heavy hardcore with some Discharge and Motorhead influence. The later stuff is of course more metal sounding.
Gauze City Rockers
Relentless HC thrash band who continued to make killer music well into the '00s. The anthology CD has all the material from '82-'86 and the Gauze City Rockers CD is their early, more punk tracks from the City Rockers comp LP released in 1982 where they contribute 10 tracks to an 18-song compilation. Between these 2 CDs is everything the band recorded in the '80s.
Powerful, crusty, heavy and fast. Monstrous stuff. This has the LP, the EP and 2 bonus tracks. Not all '80s, but this is too amazing not to include.
More crazy fast hardcore with members of Zouo, Corba, Dissecting Table, Outo and Bastard. CD with all the stuff from '86-'89 plus 2 unreleased tracks.
Fucking GISM. This has the Detestation LP and all the comp tracks ripped from the remastered Determination CD released on Beast Arts in 2015, plus the tracks from the M.A.N. LP, aside from the 2 noise tracks. These tracks are not from a vinyl rip, although the LP was never released on CD. Not sure where i got it from. If you want the full M.A.N. album with the noise tracks intact, you can grab it here.
Classic (like every other fucking thing on here) female fronted punk HC from Tokyo. This is the CD version of the LP with the 2 Outsider comp tracks as a bonus. Members went on to Lip Cream.
Bet On The Possibility
The mighty Death Side. Blazing "Burning Spirits" hardcore. Epic, metallic thrash songs that sound like a combination of Motorhead and Iron Maiden, with one of the best guitar players in the genre, the late Chelsea (who also played in Paintbox). The Anthology covers all the EPs and comp tracks from 1987-1994. The Bet On The Possibility LP, released in '91 on Selfish, is absolutely flawless. The band at the top of their game just blasting out one song after another, each better than the last, right up until the last track. And finally, Wasted Dream, the band's first full length released in 1989. Another banger. This is the full discography ripped from the Nucleus-R reissues. Sound is amazing.
The earlier stuff from '83 is more on the punk side, kinda like early Stalin, but by the time they released the '84 flexi they were kinda playing in the Burning Spirits style, like a more raw Death Side. Motorhead influenced HC with solos all over the place. By '85 they had their shit down. Solid fast metal HC. Theis CD has it all, plus a couple of rough live tracks at the end.
I lumped these two together because it's pretty much the same band. They formed in 1981 as The Swankys, changed the name to Gai in 1983, then changed it back to The Swankys in 1985. Super noisy, crazy shit. No other way to describe this stuff. I nabbed the Swankys from the amazing Selfish Few blog. Sounds like a CD rip. Originally released on Dogma in 1985. Damaging Noise was originally released on cassette in 1983. This is a rip of the CD version on King's World released in 1996.
Speaking of noisy shit, it doesn't get much noisier than Confuse. Fast and raw and the easiest way to clear a room in seconds.
Fast and kick-ass. This is the 2xCD discography of all their '80s recordings. Systema from '84 is my fave. Those Japanese punks love flexi-discs.
Raw, crusty hardcore with a heavy sound. Discharge vibes. They went on til 2010. This is a CD comp of all the '80s recordings. The much more metal sounding EP recorded in '88-'89 and released in 1995 is excellent.
All female punk HC from Tokyo. A bit more basic and straight forward than most of the other thrashier Japanese bands of the '80s. This is the complete discography of both EPs and two live sets.
Thrash Til Death
Four classic heavies on one LP. All top notch material. Originally released on Selfish in 1986. This is the CD version from 1991.
HC Unlawful Assembly
Great mix of classic bands and more obscure type bands. Released on LP in '84 and CD in '91. On AA Records. The original LP came with poster and sticker.
Another great comp. This one's from '83on Japan Recs. CD released 2 years later. No filler.
Live comp from '82 on City Rockers. A side is all hardcore, B side is the more punk / rock / wave stuff this label is known for. The GISM tracks rip.
Devil Must Be Driven Out
Mix of hardcore and metal released (and all recorded) in 1985. This is the CD version on Hold Up from '91.
Order Of The Kite
2xCD comp of EPs (mostly flexi) and comp tracks. Excellent collection of rare / hard to find recordings by The Clay, Execute, Crime and lots more.
The first three comps i put together myself, the rest are all comp LPs and cassettes.
Seven Inch Classics
I made this many years ago. The best of the best. All from CD versions.
NYHC: First Wave
Similar to the other comp of EPs, this one all my fave early NYHC. Again, from CD versions.
Comp of some of my favorite crossover tracks from 1983-1990.
Empty Skulls Remastered
One of the best cassette compilations of all time. Released in 1984 on Fartblossom Enterprizes. Completely revamped by yours truly, track by track.
Empty Skulls Two
The Wound Deepens. Released on LP in 1986 by Fartblossom.
Three bands on this CD released in 2004 on Coldsweat Records. The Target Cells tracks are from the 1982 demo "Cerebral Hemmorage". Pretty sure the White Pigs tracks are EP tracks. Not sure about Chronic Disorder. These recordings sound different than the LP versions. Demos maybe? All three bands are excellent. Thanks to Honquijote for this one.
Barefoot and Pregnant
Originally released on cassette in 1982. This is the CD version from '98 on Garage D'Or. The Mecht Mensch tracks are awesome.
The Blasting Concept
SST comp from '83. Great Pettibon art. CD version from 1990.
The Blasting Concept 2
SST comp released on LP, cassette and CD in 1986.
Excellent Canadian punk and new wave comp from '81on Friends Records. The B-Sides (the band, not side 2 of the comp) are killer.
Along with Empty Skulls, one of the best cassette comps ever. Great sound. Released in '82.
4-way split tape from '82. Released on vinyl in 2002 on Raw Deal. Fast and raw from start to finish.
Another cassette comp from '82. This one on Roir. All early NY hardcore and punk. CD version with bonus tracks.
Chunks and Cracks
Two classic SST comps on one CD.
Open Your Eyes Tape One
Open Your Eyes Tape Two
These tapes came out in '89 with Open Your Eyes fanzine. All demo tracks, all great. Lots of NY New Breed bands along with Clevo and LA bands. Mostly edge stuff. I've had these tapes since the early '90s, although these are not my rips. Forget where i got them but the quality is really good. I didn't mess with the sound at all.
Fistful Of Yens
CD comp jammed with '80s HC released in '94 on Century Media.
Comp LP from '83 on Toxic Shock. This is the CD from 2002 on Dr. Strange. Opening track rules.
Posh Boy Story
CD comp from 1993 on Damaged Goods. Lots of LA punk and deathrock originally released on the The Rodney On The ROQ albums from the early '80s.
Cleanse The Bacteria
Pusmort comp LP from '85. Some of the most vicious hardcore of the '80s on this one.
Compilation cassette of eleven bands who played at CBGB's on May 19, 1985 as a benefit to support Guillotine fanzine. Nice full, loud sound.
CD comp released in 2001 compiled from the BCT tape series. Some great obscure stuff. The Drills are fucking nuts.
Underground Hits 2
Solid comp LP from 1983. Cd version from '92.
All For One... One For All
GTA comp from '95. Originally released as a benefit for Roger Merit's medical bills. CD comes with 16-page booklet with a paragraph on each band.
Free For All
1989 comp on Hawker Records. All bands recorded live at CBGB's on April 9, 1989.
The Master Tape
Classic comp LP from '82 on Nimrod / Affirmation. My fave AOF tracks are on here.
CD comp released in 1992 on Dr. Strange. Titles says it all.
Hold Your Ground
Lost and Found comp CD from '94. Mostly '80s but a couple of '90s band thrown in. Nice mix of NY, DC and Boston HC.
Both Mystic Samplers on one CD. From 1984-85.
Not So Quiet
2xLP from 1982 on AT Records. CD version from '99. Mandatory.
American Youth Report
Comp LP of LA bands from '82 released on Invasion. Some great dark stuff. CD version on BOMP.
1991 comp released on Toy's Factory Records from Japan, licensed from Pusmort. All ripping HC and crossover.
A Time We'll Remember Vol. 7
Lost and Found CD of four classic recordings. Released in 1999.
Collection of Peel Sessions released on Strange Fruit in '88 on LP, CD and cassette. UK grind and fastcore. This was my introduction to ENT and i still think it's their best recordings.
Party Or Go Home
Mystic comp LP from '83. This is the CD with 15 bonus tracks.
The Way It Is
Rev comp LP of NYHC from '88.
Another classic NYHC comp. This one of Blackout from '89. Breakdown crushes on this.
Those Were The Days II
CD of five NY bands recorded live on WNYU. Great sound. No complete sets unfortunately.
CD version of the classic Urban Style cassette from '89. The tape that shut the door on '80s NYHC before the ABC No Rio scene stepped in. Most of this stuff can be found elsewhere on this blog.
CD of six early Lookout EPs all remastered. Love this stuff.
Peace / War
Double LP comp released in '84 on R Radical. All profits from the original albums were for anti-nuclear groups. This is the '97 CD reissue with extra tracks.
CD of both the Rat Music comps from 1983-84.
1983 comp LP on Ward 9. Great cover art by Gibby Haynes of Butthole Surfers.
Kick-ass crossover comp LP released in '86 on Restless / Death.
My favorite comp LP ever. From 1982 on Modern Method. None of these bands ever sounded better in my opinion.
Geffen comp LP from 1987. Alternative, punk and goth. Really nice vinyl rip.
Life Is Ugly
Comp of Cali punk and hardcore released in 1982 on New Underground. CD version on Delirium in 2001.
GTA CD of various semi-obscure demo and record tracks. Released in 2000.
Long Beach / Orange County
CD comp of two Mystic comps. Clockwork Orange County from '85 and You Can't Argue With Sucksess from '82. LA punk HC and deathrock. Similar to Hell Comes To Your House.
Released on cassette in '83 and LP in '87. CD with bonus tracks.
Buried Alive 2
BOMP CD release from '97.
Welcome To 1984
Killer international HC comp from MRR. 23 bands from 17 countries. Lots of exclusive tracks.
Ten Years Of BYO
CD collection of various BYO recordings.
Hell Comes To Your House
Hard to believe this came out in 1981. Some of this stuff is way ahead of it's time. The birth of deathrock / goth. One of the best comp ever.
Hell Comes To Your House II
Trashy rock 'n' roll and "cowpunk" from 1983.
Killed By HC
Unofficial CD version of the 2001 comp on Redrum, the label famous for all the Killed By Death comps.
Punk Territory Vol. 3
Punk Territory Vol. 6
Great sounding CDs put out by Anthology out of Italy. Lots of exceptional HC EPs, some which are split between the two comps.
Nice clean rip of the classic comp LP from 1982 on AT.
Cassette comp from '84 released from Last Rites Fanzine. Lots of Chicago bands.
Soundtrack to the Urban Styles: Graffiti in NYHC book by Freddy Alva, creator of the New Breed comp. Lots of rare NYHC from '81 up til present.
Original motion picture soundtrack to the cult 1984 film.
Live recordings from the 1981 documentary.
Well, that's it for this time. I doubt i can manage one of these mega-posts again (plus i'm running out of music), so until next time, take care of yourselves. Bye!