76% Uncertain – Estimated Monkey Time (Schmegma) 1984. 76% Uncertain were a GREAT band from Connecticut who probably would be a household name amongst the punters if they had come out two years earlier. Estimated Monkey Time, thier debut album, came out in 1984 which was pretty late for a hardcore band. Seen in the blur of history, this album is a total masterpiece.
Sound-wise, I always thought 76% Uncertain had a lot in common with early Social Unrest from California. This was largely due to the odd chord changes and progressions as well as the interesting lyrics. The fact that 76% Uncertain were from New England (CT), always struck me as odd because they sound very Californian mixed with a bit of DC. Sometimes it reminds me a bit of the Descendents at thier most crazed (Kids On Coffee, Tonyage). Other times, I hear The Faith. But even though 76% Uncertain is reminscent of these bands, they are never derivative.
Anyway, this is one that fell under the radar for a lot of people back in the day. It’s one of my favorite pure old school hardcore LPs of all time. Peter at Killed By Death is obviously a fan too and posted some live stuff by 76% Uncertain a while back. Get it here. This album got a 10 at Flex as well, so he is obviously a fan.
76% Uncertain – Estimated Monkey Time
Knife in my Back
No Stone unturned
YouÂ´re the Hate
Bury my Pride
Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Drunk
Shadow of Doubt