American Hardcore (CD Soundtrack)
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rare that a film spawns a soundtrack that could be considered essential.† Baring that in mind, and I do not say this
lightly, the American Hardcore
soundtrack is essential listening for anyone with even a mild interest in punk
or ďindieĒ music.
anyone not familiar with hardcore, this collection is comprised of music made
in the early through mid 80ís by young kids who decided that they were going to
make the music they wanted to make. †They
organized their own tours, recorded their own songs, and released their own
records. †Iíll try to stay away from all
the typical angry, angsty, young, and poor things most people say when trying
to describe punk. †After all, why try to
intellectualize or define something good? Why not just shut up and keep
listening? †Enjoy it. †This music is fast, driving, and alive in a
way that unfortunately so little is.
great about this Rhino package is that this soundtrack, which features bands
from Black Flag and Minor Threat to Negative Approach and Flipper, is that itís
basically a hardcore starter kit for those whoíve never heard these bands or
want to get more broad idea of the whole scene from this time period. †Even people who are lucky enough to know and
own material from these bands already will be pleased to see that a lot of
great but obscure tracks made it to this comp. †Not just the songs most readily associated
with the artists.
this disc, pick it up, go home, throw away your Green Day and Blink 182
records, and turn this up as loud as you can. †If you arenít blown back against the wall
throughout the entirety of this comp, you might be dead. †Both the terms punk and indie have become very
fashionable in the last few years, if youíd like to find out what these labels
meant when they actually meant something, then check out the American Hardcore soundtrack.
-†† Jarrod DeArmitt