Reagan Youth – Youth Anthems For The New Order (RRadical Records) 1984. One of my all-time favourite hardcore records ever. This thing just kills from the beginning guitar line on New Aryans to the last note of Gonowhere and was really my introduction to NYHC. Reagan Youth were part of the first wave of NYC bands that also included Heart Attack, The Beastie Boys and KRAUT. A lot of people bitched about this thing being too punk rock (and not “hardcore” enough), or too peace-punk or whatever back in the day. A lot of other people were scared off by Reagan Youth’s ironic use of fascistic imagery. A lot of people also didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about as well. It’s amazing what we bitched about back then isn’t it? The revolution never happened because we were too busy nit-picking over our fuckin’ record collections. Anyway, I digress. Dave Insurgent, lead singer and main man behind this great band was one of the classic hardcore front-men. He sadly ended up killing himself in the 1990′s after the death of his girlfriend and mother. Reagan Youth went on to release more vinyl and in the 1990′s New Red Archives compiled it all and titled it A Collection of Pop Classics. Apparently they remixed it too, which I just don’t get. Why re-mix old hardcore albums? Their flaws are their strengths! However, it does include a bunch of extra cool shit that is not on this original EP. It’s still in print. Buy it. Then crank Gonowhere and listen to the song Joe Stumble used to listen to when he didn’t want to do his homework. RIP Dave Insurgent.
Also, does anyone out there know how Degenerated ended up becoming the theme song for the fake rock band in the movie Airheads?