Futurismo Records asked ex-Black Flag singer, Henry Rollins to select his favourite tracks from the Californian hardcore scene for the 5 year period between 1978 and 1983, for many the halcyon days of the genre. Spread over 4 sides of limited edition coloured vinyl, the 25 tracks Rollins has chosen are all stone cold classics of the scene, but there is one glaring omission in that it contains no Black Flag tracks. How any compilation worth it’s salt can leave out “Six Pack” or “Rise Above” is up for debate, but I guess Rollins didn’t feel like marking his own homework, so I’ll let it slide. And whilst I’m having a whinge, I don’t get the point of including more than one track by each band.
The big hitters are all here; Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies, Adolescents, Flipper, Germs, Dead Kennedys and Social Distortion, with some lesser known tracks by the likes of Channel 3, Shattered Faith and Eddie & The Subtitles. It’s also great to see bands like Wasted Youth, Negative Trend and The Weirdos have tracks selected.
Conspicuous by their absence are LA’s Fear, who are widely recognised as one of the bands instrumental in shaping the California hardcore sound
The full title of the collection is Suburban Annihilation – The Californian Hardcore Explosion From The City To The Beach, so I guess they’ve pretty much got that covered, although the Agent Orange track Bloodstains isn’t one of their surf punk tracks.
25 tracks from 21 bands. Henry, I’m sure you could have found another 4 tracks from different bands, but truth be told, it is a pretty decent representation of the genre.
Suburban Annihilation – The Californian Hardcore Explosion From The City To The Beach: 1978-83 is out now on Futurismo Records.
Adolescents – I Hate Children
Middle Class – Out Of Voyage
Agent Orange – Bloodstains
Dead Kennedys – Chemical Warfare
Simpletones – I Like Drugs
Suicidal Tendencies – Fascist Pig
T.S.O.L. – Abolish Government / Silent Majority
Circle Jerks – Beverly Hills
Wasted Youth – Fuck Authority
The Gun Club – She’s Like Heroin To Me
Redd Kross – Burn Out
China White – Live In Your Eyes
Circle Jerks – Live Fast Die Young
Negative Trend – How Ya Feeling?
Eddie And The Subtitles – American Society
Channel 3 – Manzanar
Flipper – Ha Ha Ha
Rikk Agnew – O.C. Life
Social Distortion – Playpen
Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles
Shattered Faith – I Love America
The Weirdos – Helium Bar
Middle Class – Insurgence
Germs – Communist Eyes
Adolescents – Kids Of The Black Hole