The great prole art threat from Boston, The Proletariat were a bunch of humourless dudes from Southeastern Massachusetts who somehow found themselves on This is Boston Not LA which is where I heard them. I remember hanging out with skater kids who freaking loved This is Boston Not LA and none of them liked the Proletariat tracks. In fact they would just remove them when they recorded the album on cassette so they wouldn’t have to listen to them. I liked The Proletariat a lot but then I liked bands like Gang of Four which is really more where Proletariat fits in than on a hardcore comp. The politics of the Proletariat were obviously very left leaning, to the point of being Marxist and I think this made the band kind of monotonous over long periods. Full albums by The Proletariat were often hard to sit through but when a couple songs popped up on mix tapes they always were a total blast of energy. This is their first demo and it was not included on Taang Reissue of all their material a few years back which is apparently available at Target. How’s that for your people’s revolution?
The Proletariat – Distortions (Demo Tape) Self Released, 1982.
After The Rise