I just noticed that rebelrebelbatcat posted “Abaddon” by Polish HC greats ABADDON to prove an important point: songs named after the bands that play them (“theme songs”, let’s call them) are usually–if not always–great. I have to say, rebel: I agree!
I have an addition to this discussion (other than “Pentagram” by the mighty PENTAGRAM, of course): “Killer Instinct” by (duh) KILLER INSTINCT, a largely forgotten early ‘80s NYHC band whose entire recorded oeuvre includes just two songs on the classic The Big Apple: Rotten to the Core comp LP on S.I.N. records. The song “Killer Instinct” is by far the better of these two comp tracks, and is a mixtape staple here at Chez Shutdown; unless there are long lost demo tracks collecting dust in one of the band members’ attics (which would probably be on Long Island…or at the cemetery), this theme song is easily their greatest contribution to the world of HC/punk. I scoured the bins and junk sales of NYC for many years to track this LP down, just on the power of this one track (Ism, the Mob, and Butch Lust and the Hypocrites be damned!).
I mean, just listen to this song. This lady’s vocals are some of the most ferocious imaginable, especially for 1981/82. I love this early era of NYHC; the tough guy pretentions of later eras of the New York scene are nowhere to be found on this song, just vicious NY thrash.
Note to self: Never think you are done finding out about sick old hardcore bands, because Bidi will email you and school the shit out of you with some ridiculously raw and fucking amazing Japanese hardcore you don’t know the first thing about about.
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I read something in a zine that I like a lot written by a teenaged punk kid in which Raw Power is basically called uninteresting/soulless/posers by the editor, who goes on to say that CCM was way better. Kids these days, amirite? Raw Power is probably the best band ever, OK!
Here is a rager from their BCT Tapes released 1983 demo, featuring a guitar tone that could make a grown woman cry.
I just happily received what looks to be a “fanclub” reissue of the obscenely awesome (and frustratingly rare) Solo Para Punks compilation LP in the mail today. This comp was originally issued in Mexico in 1987 and features a bunch of ridiculously awesome tracks by some of the rawest and catchiest Mexican punk bands of the time: Sindrome, Rebel’d Punk (here listed as Rebellll) Desorden Publico, & Descontrol.
Things would take a decidedly more HC/thrash turn in the Mexican DIY scene in the next few years, with bands like Masacre 68, Atoxxxico, Xenofobia, & Sedicion all releasing records (all of these bands are awesome, btdubz, with my fave of the bunch being Xenofobia), but Solo Para Punks is still pretty P-U-N-K. (Altho to be clear, it’s not nearly Ramones-y enough as to be thought of alongside Los Violodores or Leuzemia; think instead Lixomania or the RIP/Eskorbuto split LP but usually even rawer and often gruffer).
This record is a stone classic; I’ve never seen an original copy but would gladly take one if any of you tumblr buddies are offering. Here’s a Rebel’d Punk track for you n00bs to whet your appetites. Mexican punk rules, OK!