Zero Boys

History Of... - 40th Anniversary Edition

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When the Ramones lost it, the Zero Boys found it; Adding a slam brigade fist to the Blitzkrieg Beat. The Zero Boys managed to come with one of the best early 80’s punk records, or one of the best records ever, period.

From 1979 to 1983, the Indianapolis-based Zero Boys were the finest hardcore blitz in the Midwest if not all the lower 48 states. Compiled and released as a post-mortem following the band’s breakup, History Of… is the proof, if more was needed, that their take of American hardcore wasn’t all white bread numbers. Yeah, they played shows with Minor Threat, Dead Kennedys, Subhumans, and others but in Terry “Hollywood” Howe’s guitar there was harmonious terror and unstoppable cadence. Terry’s licks and chops — a leap beyond two or three chord punk — offered a zone and measured count for drummer Mark Cutsinger and bassist David “Tufty” Clough, a rhythm unit in par with the Minutemen if not The Meters, to run lines like quicksilver. Meanwhile, frontman, Paul “Z” Mahern provides a constant wash from beginning to end. Originally released in 1984 with a limited-edition reissue in 2009, this 40th anniversary edition includes the original LP of ‘History Of…’ and a 7” featuring four live recordings never previously pressed to vinyl and recorded at iconic hardcore/punk venue Crazy Al’s in 1980: “Livin’ In The 80’s”, “Stick To Your Guns”, “Commies”, and “I’m Absent”.


LP - Side A
01 Drive In
02 Black Network News
03 Splish Splash
04 Inergy
05 Johnny Better Get
06 Dingy Bars Suck
07 Seen That Movie Before
08 High Places
09 Blood's Good

LP - Side B
10 Human Body
11 Mom's Wallet
12 Positive Change
13 Amerika
14 New Generation
15 Livin' In The '80s
16 Stoned To Death
17 Stick To Your Guns
18 I'm Bored
19 Piece Of Me

7” - Side A
01 Livin’ In The 80s (Live At Crazy
Al’s, September 6th, 1980)
02 Stick To Your Guns (Live At
Crazy Al’s, September 6th, 1980)
7” - Side B
03 Commies (Live At Crazy Al’s,
September 6th, 1980)
04 I’m Absent (Live At Crazy Al’s,
September 6th, 1980)

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