The Hated – The Best Pice of Shit

The Hated – The Best Pice of Shit (Self Released Demo Cassette) 1985. Buckle yourselves in because what you are about to listen to here is both one of the most obscure and also possibly the greatest Emo release of them all. What? Yes, I said, “Emo”. Wait, sit down…don’t walk away. C’mon, give it a shot. Look, I understand that Emo as we know it may be the most heinous crime ever committed to punk rock, well besides the American Idiot Broadway Show, that is. But in its earliest inception there were some great bands like Swiz, Dag Nasty, Rites of Spring, Moss Icon, Ignition, Ruin, Marginal Man, Gray Matter and a little band you might have heard of called Fugazi? OK cool, so I have your attention again. Good. Well, The Hated were also an early Emo band. In fact, they were one of the very earliest, having formed in 1985 in Annapolis, Maryland. They had loose connections to the DC scene but were relatively separate from the whole Revolution Summer thingamabob. They started off as a hardcore band but very rapidly started getting all mushy and introspective as Emo bands were want to do. This demo is their first official recording besides some tracks on a local tape compilation and it captures the band at the moment they were transforming from Hardcore to Emo. The songs are generally all hyper-fast but also very melodic. In some ways it reminds me of what Soul Asylum were doing on their classic Made To Be Broken LP and that is a helluva comparison considering that said Soul Asylum album was one of the high points of the 80s. After this, The Hated released a 7inch which was weakly produced and then released another great demo tape with superior and rawer versions of the same songs. The releases are both called No More We Cry. How fuckin’ EMO is that? The demo version is the way to go there. It’s really good and makes a great companion to this demo. Anything after the second demo goes from being Emo-good to being Emo-bad real quick. And the last thing the world needs right now is more bad Emo. But this first demo? It is pretty amazing stuff and highly recommended for anyone who has an interest in what was happening right after hardcore.

Emo Kids have been known to shit themselves at the mere sight of this flyer.
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9 Responses to The Hated – The Best Pice of Shit

  1. Jenny says:

    Lovely flier art, but the fact that one of the bands is called Dokotor Puke kinda ruins the psuedo Victorian Dada style.

  2. Rinjo Njori says:

    I would put these guys in the Reason to Believe category but wouldn’t put them up there Swiz, Marginal Man, and Ignition.

    So when are you going to give us a taste of the bad emo from the Hated?

  3. Emerson says:

    The song to track down by them is “Knocking On Your Door”. Now to download these demo tracks.

  4. Vom says:

    Any chance you could post the whole demo? Only the 1st 3 tracks have links – unless it’s just my browser…

  5. MrFab says:

    Emo’s kinda run it’s course, hasn’t it? It occurred to me last year that I don’t see those kinda kids around much anymore. (I think they’ve turned into those plastic-glasses/ironic t-shirt types.)

  6. Joe says:

    @MrFab – Yeah emo seems pretty dead and buried doesn’t it?

    @Vom – SHIT! Just added the link, it was meant to be there all along!

    @Rinjo – How about this: Return

  7. Vom says:

    Awesome, thanks!

  8. patrick says:

    I have the “awl” tape that simple machines put out with a bunch of compiled tracks from The Hated including these songs. “Words come back” was the one for me, it’s been a while since i’ve listened to these guys. Dan Littleton makes children’s music with his wife Liz these days, after they spent much of the 90′s and early 00′s as the core of the indie band Ida.

  9. Vinnie says:

    The whole demos is here, along with 3 discs worth of material direct from the masters. No vinyl rips.
    I’ll miss this awesome blog. Take care


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