Here is a very brief sampling of some of the best bands from that era.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Although there are fifty-eleven MINOR THREAT videos on the internet, they all have terrible sound quality - except this one from the 9:30 Club in 1983.
See also: Marginal Man, Faith, Void, Rites of Spring
Dog bless Austin's own BIG BOYS! See also: The Offenders, Dicks, MDC
Boston produced militant straight edge bands like SS Decontrol and DYS and, at the same time, coke-snorting boozer bands like GANG GREEN. It was all good.
However, the greatest of all time was Washington D.C.'s BAD BRAINS. They were the best live band I have ever seen and they played both hardcore and reggae. It was all great and there was no one else like 'em. I was fortunate enough to see them play on this same tour:
Minneapolis had a great music scene back then and I was blown away by HUSKER DU on their "New Day Rising" tour in 1985.
NONE OF THE ABOVE (N.O.T.A.) put Tulsa, OK on the U.S. hardcore map:
Towards the mid-1980's, a few of the surviving hardcore bands evolved into a great post-hardcore genre. Chicago-based ARTICLES OF FAITH was perhaps the best band of its kind at the time:
Holy shit it was great being a teenager in the '80's.
By the way, Ian MacKaye just turned 50; hardcore is officially "over the hill."
For more information, Kill From the Heart is a great online resource which documents hundreds of 1980's hardcore bands from all over the world. It's a pretty remarkable collection.
See also Suicide Pills, a great blog featuring hundreds of hardcore bands from the 1980's and beyond.
I got word this morning there is a cool documentary that is about to be released on Boston's early-80's hardcore scene called "All Ages." It will feature SS Decontrol, DYS, Jerry's Kids, Gang Green, The Freeze, Impact Unit, The F.U.'s, Negative FX and Deep Wound. Hell Yeah!
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