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Essential Record Guide: Hardcore

Andrew Beaujon // April 21, 2004

Inthe early 1980s, far from the world of Clash stadium gigs and new wave,a nation of dozens rewrote the punk rule book while no one was watchingand created a loud-fast life force that’s proved more durable thananyone could’ve ever imagined. Hardcore was serious like a heart attackand revelatory like a bloody nose-and in the time it’ll take to readthis article, a new band will have joined its undying justice leagues

BAD BRAINS BLACK DOTS (Caroline, 1996) It’s neither as rangy as their self-titled 1982 ROIR cassette nor as polished as 1983’s Ric Ocasek-produced Rock for Light.But these 1979 recordings document the never-explained moment when fourblack reggae-loving D.C. military brats dope-slapped English punk sosoundly that only teenage skate rats could keep up.

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