Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Hardcore: Genre of the Moment


Most of the time when someone is referring to "hardcore" they are referring to hardcore punk.

The word "hardcore" is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as:

a form of exceptionally harsh punk rock
Hardcore punk is a subgenre that is heavier and faster than "traditional" punk rock. Songs in this genre are usually very short, very fast and very loud.

Some of the bands that are considered pioneers of this movement are Black Flag, which formed in Los Angeles in 1976, Bad Brains, which formed in Washington DC in 1977, and Minor Threat, which formed in 1980, also in Washington DC.

Other notable bands of the hardcore punk genre are The Angry Samoans, JFA, Agnostic Front and Sick of It All.

Some "essential" albums of this genre (in my opinion) are:
Black Flag's compilation album The First Four Years
Minor Threat's compilation Complete Discography
Bad Brains' 1982 self-titled album.

You can find out more about this genre at the Wiki article here:


  1. Right on! While we're on the topic of hardcore, somewhere the band Dead Kennedys should merit a mention. In particular, their albums "Plastic Surgery Disasters" and "Bedtime for Democracy" (which commenter Dave mentions) would have to be on any recommended hardcore listening list.

  2. Funny you should mention that James. The article I read about hardcore did mention them and although I really like the band I am finding it hard to swallow that (be definition) they are a hard core band. I dunno.

  3. One thing about DK - however classified, they were one of a kind!