Suburban Annihilation (The California Hardcore Explosion From The City To The Beach: 1978-1983)
This aggressive collection draws from California’s rich history of punk, more specifically hardcore: a new sound that eschewed melody for intensity, a sound that took punk harder and faster, a sound intrinsically American. Whilst hardcore was also burning over on the East Coast, it was in California that it had ignited and sprawled, a sonic punch in the face that raged socio-political disdain and total abandonment for commercialism, fuelled by a crumbling American Dream and the collapse of family values.
Suburban Annihilation takes you from the major cities, to the coastal towns, to the SoCal suburbs, showcasing some the most important bands of the West Coast. Blasting off with the Adolescents ‘I Hate Children’, it heads from the year zero of Middle Class’s ‘Out Of Vogue’ to the surf punk of Agent Orange’s ‘Bloodstains’, from the blues tinged outlaw of The Gun Club’s ‘She’s Like Heroin to Me’ to the classic anti-anthems: ‘Live Fast Die Young’ by the Circle Jerks, lifted from their seminal Group Sex album, and the hardcore staple ‘California Über Alles’ by the Dead Kennedys. Also present are so many other bands integral to the era: T.S.O.L, Wasted Youth, Germs, Social Distortion, Suicidal Tendencies, Negative Trend, Flipper and many more.
Though the music was designed to repel, this historical document has been lovingly designed to remind us that this genre created some of the most immediate and acutely-realised music ever produced. Making this collection of choice cuts essential for long-time fans of hardcore and punk, just as those new and inquisitive about one of the most angry and pissed off genres to have given birth in America.
STAFF COMMENTSMartin says: Words can't adequately express how incredible this record is. While the Gun club's psychobilly assault and Dead Kennedys' laser guided genius were very much appreciated this side of the Atlantic, much of the rest was not, only making it over on limited numbers as obscure imports for the curious. A tragic omission. The California hardcore scene, diverse, wild, aggressive shot through with irreverence, had no peers at the time. These acts were the inspiration for many bands who went on to dominate the American punk and alt-rock scene. Do yourself a favour.
1. Adolescents - I Hate Children
2. Middle Class - Out Of Vogue
3. Agent Orange - Bloodstains
4. Dead Kennedys - Chemical Warfare
5. Simpletones - I Like Drugs
6. Suicidal Tendencies - Fascist Pig
7. T.S.O.L. - Abolish Government/Silent Majority
8. Circle Jerks - Beverly Hills
9. Wasted Youth - Fuck Authority
10. The Gun Club - She’s Like Heroin To Me
11. Redd Kross - Burn Out
12. China White - Live In Your Eyes
13. Circle Jerks - Live Fast Die Young
14. Negative Trend - How Ya Feeling?
15. Eddie And The Subtitles - American Society
16. Channel 3 - Manzanar
17. Flipper - Ha Ha Ha
18. Rikk Agnew O.C. - Life
19. Social Distortion - Playpen
20. Dead Kennedys - California Über Alles
21. Shattered Faith - I Love America
22. The Weirdos - Helium Bar
23. Middle Class - Insurgence
24. Germs - Communist Eyes
25. Adolescents - Kids Of The Black Hole