The Ten Best American Hardcore Punk Albums
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Seeing that a form of Black Flag is touring right now (and playing Trees on Friday), we thought it a good time to investigate American hardcore punk rock. For all practical purposes, the beginning of hardcore in the states happened in the early 80's. While many hardcore acts were inspired by the Sex Pistols, The Ramones and The Clash, bands such as Minor Threat, The Misfits and Bad Brains were far more extreme and intense.
Throughout the 80's, two highly competitive scenes emerged in American hardcore punk: one in D.C. and one in L.A. And although the styles of the bands from each coast were markedly different, the power on display was a universal constant. So much so that this list could easily be doubled or tripled without any diminished greatness.
10. Social Distortion - Mommy's Little Monster
Released in 1983, Mommy's Little Monster was the debut full length from Mike Ness and Social Distortion. More influenced by rockabilly and country than any band of the era, Monster none-the-less rocked hard from start to finish.
9. The Descendents - Milo Goes to College
Smartass and just plain smart, Milo Goes to College was the wonderful debut from The Descendents. 15 songs and not a bum note in the batch and "I'm Not a Loser" is one of the great American punk rock anthems.
8. The Germs - (GI)
Although this album was released in 1979, the spirit and intensity fits comfortably with 80's hardcore. The late Darby Crash was the model for many singers who came after him and his seething performance on (GI) is still remarkable three decades later.