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Full With Noise: Theory and Japanese Noise Music
by Paul Hegarty.......... "Full with Noise,..." is about noise music, specifically the version that has come to be called Japanese Noise -- itself composed of many different strands. The first half deals with the question of noise. What is it, whose is it, and how can we think about it. Also, how does noise inflect our thinking, rather than being an object; at what point does noise lose its noiseness and become meaning, music, signification? Or -- is there even a point where noise can subsist? Mostly, the text below takes the view that noise is a function of not-noise, itself a function of not being noise. Noise is no more original than music or meaning, and yet its position is to indicate the banished, overcome primordiality, and cannot lose this 'meaning'. Noise, then, is neither the outside of language nor music, nor is it simply categorisable, at some point or other, as belonging exclusively to the world of meaning, understanding, truth and knowledge. Read More ...
Dirty HC Punk explosion - Bristol scene Rise up + Disorder 9 free CDs
From The Cortinas to Lunatic Fringe and Disorder, Bristol had a huge Punk scene that has influenced, affected and stimulated a vast range of artists that operate in the city. Many of these artists produce music that wouldn’t necessarily suggest a Punk heritage but scratch beneath the surface of a lot of the major players in the Bristol milieu and you will find a fondness for the times of `spikey barnets’, limited musical ability, a `F*** You’ attitude and disrespect for the music industry and its poseur hierarchy. Read More ...
Dinosaur Jr.
Beyond + 17 albums free download
A straight shot west out of Boston on I-90 will carry you, in two hours or less, to Western Massachusetts, where the country still looks like it did twenty or even 40 years ago: college towns, I-91 tracing the same lazy ladder from Springfield up through Holyoke and Northampton, Amherst and Deerfield. Out there it's taken for granted that the houses will be drafty, the winters uniformly long, and that, on any given trip to the local supermarket, one might spot Thurston or Lou or Kim or J, on-and-off locals for more than twenty years. {audio}http://www.archive.org/download/DinosaurJrDrawings/07Drawerings_64kb.mp3{/audio} ... Drawerings Read More ...
Leon Theremin /1896-1993/ - the great forefather of Rock N' Roll /big noise master/
In 1919, in the midst of the Russian Civil War, Theremin invented the musical instrument that bears his name. The theremin is an electronic device that resonates sound when its operator waves his hands near its two antennas. It was the first musical instrument designed to be played without being touched. He invented the theremin (also called the thereminvox) in 1919, when his country was in the midst of the Russian Civil War. After a lengthy tour of Europe, during which he demonstrated his invention to full audiences, Theremin found his way to the United States. He performed the theremin with the New York Philharmonic in 1928. He patented his invention in 1929 (U.S. Patent 1,661,058 ) and subsequently granted commercial production rights to RCA. In 1938 Theremin was kidnapped in the New York apartment he shared with his American wife (the black ballet dancer, Iavana Williams) by the NKVD (forerunners of the KGB). He was transported back to Russia, and accused of propagating anti-Soviet propaganda by Stalin. Read More ...
Animal Collective
Album: Fall Be Kind + 9 albums free download
By way of decrying a society that left its citizens unbearably restrained, Edith Wharton describes how in New York in the 1870s, women would order dresses from their Paris dressmakers and then leave them in tissue paper at least two years before wearing them in public; the thought of showing them "in advance of the fashion" was unforgivably vulgar. Social life has changed, but cultural life seems just as restricted now – even Animal Collective are held back by trends that seem a couple of years old (and that they helped to invent). When I think back on 2009, I’ll first remember how our impoverished aesthetic generation repeatedly scraped the resin from the cultural trash barrel. Every second person is wearing neon leggings, and the ones who aren’t rock a ‘70s aesthetic, with high-waisted jeans and moccasins. Christmas sweaters are getting impossible to find at the thrift store. Ska revival. Garage rock revival. It never ends. Read More ...
Guapo
Elixirs
For just over 10 years, London's Guapo has been working in the world of avant and progressive rock. The band's past is a bit hard to track with its numerous lineup changes and guest musicians. The most recent change in roster was the resignation of Matthew Thompson, the founding member of Guapo, which occurred just before the release of 2005's Black Oni. The departure of Thompson has left Guapo with percussionist David Smith and multi-instrumentalist Daniel O'Sullivan. Though O'Sullivan is by no means a founding member of the band, but he was essential in honing the sound on Guapo's last two LPs: Five Suns and Black Oni. These two albums have been pivotal in building Guapo's following of fans, so it's hard not to credit O'Sullivan as an asset to the band.... {audio}http://www.neurotrecordings.com/artists/guapo/audio/Guapo-The%20Selenotrope.mp3 {/audio} ... The Selenotrope Read More ...
The Swans - THIS IS NOT A REUNION - Message From Gira + free discography download (20 CDs)
Michael Gira's re-activated Swans will be undertaking their first U.S. performances in 13 years, celebrating the Fall release of the first new Swans album since Soundtracks For The Blind (1997). The album was recorded by Jason LeFarge at Seizure's Palace in Brooklyn and is currently be remixed by Gira with Bryce Goggin (Antony & The Johnsons, Akron/Family) at Trout Recordings. Read More ...
New Zealand Psychedelic Noise scene + 6 free CDs
For a small country New Zealand has long been pumping out some impressive music. Way back in the 1960s it was crazed long-haired punkers messed up on all sorts of stuff - musical (the Pretty Things, Love, the 13th Floor Elevators, the Troggs and who-knows-what-else) and I guess otherwise. Some of the best of these bands (at least, the ones that recorded) can be heard on Wild Things vol 1 and 2, compiled by NZ music historian John Baker, the first of which came out on Flying Nun, the second probably on Baker's own Zero Records, also the home to No. 8 Wire: Psychedelia Without Drugs. Read More ...

Odd

Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet
The biggest threat to the open internet is not Chinese government hackers or greedy anti-net-neutrality ISPs, it’s Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence. McConnell’s not dangerous because he knows anything about SQL injection hacks, but because he knows about social engineering. He’s the nice-seeming guy who’s willing and able to use fear-mongering to manipulate the federal bureaucracy for his own ends, while coming off like a straight shooter to those who are not in the know. When he was head of the country’s national intelligence, he scared President Bush with visions of e-doom, prompting the president to sign a comprehensive secret order that unleashed tens of billions of dollars into the military’s black budget so they could start making firewalls and building malware into military equipment. Read More ...
The Peyote Way Church of God - believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life
The Peyote Way Church of God is a non-sectarian, multicultural, experiential, Peyotist organization located in southeastern Arizona, in the remote Aravaipa wilderness. It is not affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Native American Church, or any other religious organizations, though we do accept people from all faiths. Church membership is open to all races. We encourage individuals to create their own rituals as they become acquainted with the great mystery. We believe that the Holy Sacrament Peyote, when taken according to our sacramental procedure and combined with a holistic lifestyle (see Word of Wisdom), can lead an individual toward a more spiritual life. Peyote is currently listed as a controlled substance and its religious use is protected by Federal law only for Native American members of the Native American Church. Read More ...
All world secret underground bases build for space travelers
The following material comes from people who know the Dulce (underground) base exists. They are people who worked in the labs; abductees taken to the base; people who assisted in the construction; intelligence personal (NSA,CIA,FBI ... ect.) and UFO / inner-earth researchers. This information is meant for those who are seriously interested in the dulce base. for your own protection be advised to “use caution” while investigating this complex.Does a strange world exist beneath our feet? Strange legends have persisted for centuries about the mysterious cavern world and the equally strange beings who inhabit it.  More UFOlogists have considered the possibility that UFOs may be emanating from subterranean bases, that UFO aliens have constructed these bases to carry out various missions involving Earth or humans. Read More ...
Dreamachine - stroboscopic flicker device enter you to a hypnagogic state - try it right here in your browser
The dreamachine (or dream machine) is a stroboscopic  flicker device that produces visual stimuli. Artist Brion Gysin and William Burroughs's "systems adviser" Ian Sommerville created the dreamachine after reading William Grey Walter's book, The Living Brain. In its original form, a dreamachine is made from a cylinder with slits cut in the sides. The cylinder is placed on a record turntable and rotated at 78 or 45 revolutions per minute. A light bulb is suspended in the center of the cylinder and the rotation speed allows the light to come out from the holes at a constant frequency of between 8 and 13 pulses per second. This frequency range corresponds to alpha waves, electrical oscillations  normally present in the human brain while relaxing. Read More ...
Japan’s Annual Penis Festival – Celebrates Fertility
KOMAKI, Japan — It's springtime in Japan and that means one thing. Actually, two things. Penis festivals and vagina festivals. It may sound like a sophomoric gag. But these are folk rites going back at least 1,500 years, into Japan's agricultural past. They're held to ensure a good harvest and promote baby-making. Maybe they should hold more such festivals. Japan has one of the world's lowest birthrates (1.37 children per woman), which experts blame on stagnant incomes and changing gender relations. Read More ...
Rarest Fishes in the World
Aquatic Lifeforms You Never Caught While Fishing:
Black-lip Rattail ............ These sorts of rattails feed in the muddy seafloor by gliding along head down and tail up, powered by gentle undulations of a long fin under the tail. The triangular head has sensory cells underneath that help detect animals buried in the mud or sand. The common name comes from the black edges around the mouth. Read More ...
Island of Ghosts: Hashima Island - Japan’s rotting metropolis
Hashima, an island located in Nagasaki Bay, is better known as Warship Island (Gunkanshima). The island was inhabited until the end of the 19th century, when it was discovered that the ground below it held tons of coal. The island soon became a center of a major mining complex owned by Mitsubishi Corporation. As the complex expanded, rock brought out of the shafts was used to artificially expand the island. Seawalls created in this expansion turned Hashima into the monstrous looking Gunkanshima; its artificial appearance makes it looks more like a battleship than an island. Read More ...
Japan Monster mummies - the preserved remains of demons, mermaids, kappa, tengu, raijū, and human monks
These fairly freaky historical remains can be found lurking in dark corners of Buddhist temples and museums across Japan. Known as monster mummies, they are, in fact, the preserved remains of demons, mermaids, kappa, tengu and raijū. Or should I say things that people thought were demons, mermaids, kappa, tengu and raijū. They are not pretty, but they are really fascinating. Read More ...

Recent

The Marijuana Conspiracy - The Real Reason Hemp is Illegal
MARIJUANA is DANGEROUS. Pot is NOT harmful to the human body or mind. Marijuana does NOT pose a threat to the general public. Marijuana is very much a danger to the oil companies, alcohol, tobacco industries and a large number of chemical corporations. Various big businesses, with plenty of dollars and influence, have suppressed the truth from the people. The truth is if marijuana was utilized for its vast array of commercial products, it would create an industrial atomic bomb! Entrepreneurs have not been educated on the product potential of pot. The super rich have conspired to spread misinformation about an extremely versatile plant that, if used properly, would ruin their companies. Read More ...
Freegan - strategies for sustainable living beyond capitalism
Freegans are people who employ alternative strategies for living based on limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources. Freegans embrace community, generosity, social concern, freedom, cooperation, and sharing in opposition to a society based on materialism, moral apathy, competition, conformity, and greed. After years of trying to boycott products from unethical corporations responsible for human rights violations, environmental destruction, and animal abuse, many of us found that no matter what we bought we ended up supporting something deplorable. We came to realize that the problem isn’t just a few bad corporations but the entire system itself. Read More ...
The woman power era is coming - The End of Men!?
Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences Read More ...
Libya Truth Tour
Cynthia McKinney ..... Thanks to all who have come out and participated in the Truth Tour.  I have almost come to its end.  Last night in Detroit, several of the women were moved to tears as I explained the situation in Libya right now as I know it to be. Every venue has had every seat occupied or was filled to capacity with standing room only.  Detroit's young singer and band, Sister Ziyah and Black Rain were phenomenal and their music set the tone for the event:  first song, Kickstart the Revolution; second song, Good Morning, America; third song, Today, I'm a Better Me. Read More ...
Victorian England popular&legal drugs (hashish, opium, absinthe and Chloral)
Victorian England, spanning roughly the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901), is characterized in popular understanding as a time of personal and family values. The codification of the notion of values developed into specific and detailed ideas about social and cultural propriety and restraint. The very term "Victorian" has come to be used in our own time by cultural conservatives who look to the reign of Victoria as a touchstone for their own desires about social order. Prudishness, excessive formality, and repression, it is popularly assumed, characterized Victorian culture. Read More ...
Why Liberals and Atheists Are More Intelligent
Not so long ago experts predicted the imminent collapse of religion in modern western culture. Religion – often synonymous in these discussions with superstition, magic, and delusion – would at last give way to the autonomy of human reason and the power of the experimental method of natural investigation. But something happened on the way to religion’s funeral. People kept on believing. Recent neuroscientific and evolutionary research has suggested that either many of the hallmarks of religion are, or are byproducts of, adaptations that helped our earliest ancestors survive. Read More ...
Punk explosion against cenzorship in Indonesia + film -punk in love indonesia
It's after midnight in Jakarta and, below a highway overpass, a party is just getting started. Students and the unemployed are listening to well-worn cassette tapes, swigging from bottles filled with a cocktail of beer and local wine and loitering in front of Movement Records — a punk-music shop that has become a nexus for local youths. It is also home to Onie, one of Jakarta's self-proclaimed original street punks, who both works and sleeps on the premises. "It is very quiet at night," Onie says. "The shops are closed, so society is O.K. with us being here. My friends can come at night and argue, laugh and fight for as long as they want." Read More ...
Gobekli Tepe: The World’s First Temple
A temple complex in Turkey that predates even the pyramids is rewriting the story of human evolution. They call it potbelly hill, after the soft, round contour of this final lookout in southeastern Turkey. To the north are forested mountains. East of the hill lies the biblical plain of Harran, and to the south is the Syrian border, visible 20 miles away, pointing toward the ancient lands of Mesopotamia and the Fertile Crescent, the region that gave rise to human civilization. And under our feet, according to archeologist Klaus Schmidt, are the stones that mark the spot—the exact spot—where humans began that ascent. Read More ...

Science

The World's First Commercial Brain-Computer Interface + history of BCI
A brain–computer interface (BCI), sometimes called a direct neural interface or a brain–machine interface, is a direct communication pathway between a brain and an external device. BCIs are often aimed at assisting, augmenting or repairing human cognitive or sensory-motor functions. Research on BCIs began in the 1970s at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) under a grant from the National Science Foundation, followed by a contract from DARPA. The papers published after this research also mark the first appearance of the expression brain–computer interface in scientific literature. Read More ...
Meet ALICE - new CERNs giant detector
The giant ALICE detector is already underway at CERN, and researchers are scrambling to add an electromagnetic calorimeter to capture jet-quenching, the newest way to look inside the quark-gluon plasma — the hot, dense state of matter that filled the earliest universe, which the Large Hadron Collider will soon recreate by slamming lead nuclei into one another.  CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is known mainly as the accelerator that will soon begin searching for the Higgs particle, and other new physics, in proton collisions at unprecedented energies — up to 14 TeV (14 trillion electron volts) at the center of mass — and with unprecedented beam intensities. But the same machine will also collide massive nuclei, specifically lead ions, to energies never achieved before in the laboratory. Read More ...
Vadim Chernobrov & Russian secrets experiments with time machines
A disturbing story in the March, 2005. 1 issue of Pravda suggests that the U. S. Government is working on the discovery of a mysterious point over the South Pole that may be a passageway backward in time. According to the article, some American and British scientists working in Antarctica on January 27, 1995, noticed a spinning gray fog in the sky over the pole. U. S. physicist Mariann McLein said at first they believed it to be some kind of sandstorm. But after a while they noticed that the fog did not change its form and did not move so they decided to investigate. Read More ...
The Secrets of Coral Castle and pyramids EXPLAINED by Leedskalnin's Magnetic Current theory
Coral Castle doesn't look much like a castle, but that hasn't discouraged generations of tourists from wanting to see it. That's because it was built by one man, Ed Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant who single-handedly and mysteriously excavated, carved, and erected over 2.2 million pounds of coral rock to build this place, even though he stood only five feet tall and weighed a mere 100 pounds. Ed was as secretive as he was misguided. He never told anyone how he carved and set into place the walls, gates, monoliths, and moon crescents that make up much of his Castle. Some of these blocks weigh as much as 30 tons. Ed often worked at night, by lantern light, so that no one could see him. He used only tools that he fashioned himself from wrecks in an auto junkyard. Read More ...
Microbial communities in fluid inclusions and long-term survival in halite + The 11th Hour - documentary
Fluid inclusions in modern and ancient buried halite from Death Valley and Saline Valley, California, USA, contain an ecosystem of “salt-loving” (halophilic) prokaryotes and eukaryotes, some of which are alive. Prokaryotes may survive inside fluid inclusions for tens of thousands of years using carbon and other metabolites supplied by the trapped microbial community, most notably the single-celled alga Dunaliella, an important primary producer in hypersaline systems. Deeper understanding of the long-term survival of prokaryotes in fluid inclusions will complement studies that further explore microbial life on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, where materials that potentially harbor microorganisms are millions and even billions of years old. Read More ...
How Norbert Wiener Invents Cybernetics + his book " God and Golem, Inc.........."
Norbert Wiener invented the field of cybernetics, inspiring a generation of scientists to think of computer technology as a means to extend human capabilities. Norbert Wiener was born on November 26, 1894, and received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University at the age of 18 for a thesis on mathematical logic ( see below "The Logic of Boolean Algebra").  After working as a journalist, university teacher, engineer, and writer, Wiener he was hired by MIT in 1919, coincidentally the same year as Vannevar Bush. In 1933, Wiener won the Bôcher Prize for his brilliant work on Tauberian theorems and generalized harmonic analysis. Read More ...
The T2K Experiment - From Tokai To Kamioka - Where is the anti-matter?
From the beginning of 2010, the T2K experiment will fire a beam of muon-neutrinos from Tokai on Japan's east coast, 300km accross the country to a detector at Kamioka. It hopes to investigate the phenomenon of "neutrino oscillations" by looking for "muon neutrinos" oscillating into "electron neutrinos".  A million pound detector has been built at the University of Warwick as part of a vital experiment to investigate fundamental particles - neutrinos. Read More ...
Careerism and Psychopathy in the US Military leadership
The internal workings of the US military had little significance to the overall state of the nation, except during wars – until the post-WWII era.   With the military dominating our foreign policy and being one of the most trusted institution, the character of our senior generals may become a major factor shaping our future.  Hence the importance of this chapter by GI Wilson from The Pentagon Labyrinth: Ten Short Essays to Help You Through It, edited by Winslow T. Wheeler and published by the Center for Defense Information and the World Security Institute.  You can see a summary and download a free copy of this important book at the Project for Government Oversight (POGO). Read More ...

Space

UFO's of Nazi Germany
Viktor Schauberger & UFO's of Nazi Germany
It was nearly the end of WWII. At that same time, scientist Viktor Schauberger worked on a secret project. Johannes Kepler, whose ideas Schauberger followed, had knowledge of the secret teachings of Pythagoras that had been adopted and kept secret. It was the knowledge of Implosion (in this case the utilization of the potential of the inner worlds in the outer world). Hitler knew - as did the Thule and Vril people - that the divine principle was always constructive. A technology however that is based on explosion and therefore is destructive runs against the divine principle. Thus they wanted to create a technology based on Implosion. Read More ...
It Takes a Giant Cosmos to Create Life and Mind + new Supernova Discovered to be the 'Creation-Machines' of the Cosmos
Excerpt from 'The Intelligent Universe', James Gardner ................... There is a time machine clearly visible right outside your front door. It’s easy to see—in fact, it’s impossible to overlook—although its awesome powers are generally ignored by all but a discerning few.  The unearthly beauty, the ineffable grandeur, and the ingenuity of construction of this time machine are humbling to every human being who makes an effort to probe into the enigma of its origin and the mystery of its ultimate destiny. The time machine of which I speak is emphatically not of human origin. Indeed, a few venturesome scientists are beginning to entertain a truly incredible possibility: that this device is an artifact bequeathed to us by a supremely evolved intelligence that existed long, long ago and far, far away. All knowledgeable observers agree that the scope of its stupendous powers and the sheer delicacy of its miniscule moving parts seem nothing short of miraculous. Read More ...
The Size Of Our World or How Insignificant the Earth Really Is in the Universe
Compared to you and me, the Earth is really big. But compared to Jupiter and the Sun, the Earth is pretty tiny. There are many ways we can measure the size of the Earth. Let's look at how big the Earth is, and then compare it to other objects in the Solar System. The diameter of the Earth is 12,742 km. In other words, if you dug a hole down into the Earth, passed through the center of the Earth, and came out the other side, you would have dug a hole 12,742 km deep (on average). That's about 4 times longer than the diameter of the Moon. Read More ...
Strange Images from Space - Photos&videos of the Bizarre in Our Universe
Some weird and unusual objects are floating around in the cosmos. Space is always serving up something new, unusual, and unexpected. Here are images and explanations of obejcts that have amazed and delighted astronomers. Read More ...
Project Icarus: Gas Mining on Uranus
Project Icarus is a 21st century theoretical study of a mission to another star. Icarus aims to build on the work of the celebrated Daedalus project. Between the period 1973-1978 members of the BIS undertook a theoretical study of a flyby mission to Barnard's star 5.9 light years away. This was Project Daedalus and remains one of the most complete studies of an interstellar probe to date. The 54,000 ton two-stage vehicle was powered by inertial confinement fusion using electron beams to compress the D/He3 fusion capsules to ignition. It would obtain an eventual cruise velocity of 36,000km/s or 12% of light speed from over 700kN of thrust, burning at a specific impulse of 1 million seconds, reaching its destination in approximately 50 years. Read More ...
Astronomers had found evidence of something that occurred before the (conventional) Big Bang
Our cosmos was "bruised" in collisions with other universes. Now astronomers have found the first evidence of these impacts in the cosmic microwave background. There's something exciting afoot in the world of cosmology. Last month, Roger Penrose at the University of Oxford and Vahe Gurzadyan at Yerevan State University in Armenia announced that they had found patterns of concentric circles in the cosmic microwave background, the echo of the Big Bang. Read More ...
Mysterious Radio Waves from Unknown Object in M82 Galaxy
There is something strange is lurking in the galactic neighborhood. An unknown object in galaxy M82 12 million light-years away has started sending out radio waves, and the emission does not look like anything seen anywhere in the universe before except perhaps by Ford Prefect. M82 is starburst galaxy five times as bright as the Milky Way and one hundred times as bright as our galaxy's center. "We don't know what it is," says co-discoverer Tom Muxlow of Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics near Macclesfield, UK. But its apparent sideways velocity is four times the speed of light. This "superluminal" motion occurs usually in high-speed jets of material bursting out by black holes. Read More ...
Nibiru - great arrival of Planet X  + Timeline of 2012. cataclysm
“A secret document prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is claiming that President Medvedev confirmed in his extended meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in February 2011 that the new planet named Tyche (pronounced ty-kee) by NASA will be appearing in the Earth’s night sky by 2012. Though the existence of this planet had long been known to the ancients, it has only been in the past year that Western scientists have begun informing their citizens about this unprecedented event soon to occur, but who are, also, still failing to tell how catastrophic its appearance will be. Tyche was the name coined for this ancient celestial body by the two astrophysicists proposing it for “planet” status, Daniel Whitmire and John Matese from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Read More ...

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Black Punk Time: Blacks in Punk, New Wave and Hardcore 1976-1984 + free albums

By James Porter and Jake Austen ....... When punk-rock arrived--as we now know it--back in 1975-77, it was the kick in the ass the music world needed. At a time when the wide-ranging rock scene incorporated everything from Midwestern Metal to Outlaw Country to funk-fusion combos like Weather Report, there was an overall, evident energy drop. When the debut albums appeared from the Ramones, the Dictators, Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, the Dead Boys, and others, the edge was back. As Spin, VH1, Rolling Stone and the rest of the self-important "Rock History Reports" so boldly declare these days, punk was the wildest, angriest, most vital, most energetic, hottest shit going.


But it was also the whitest.

For many of the young punks coming up, Black music meant disco. Or their older hippie brother's Blues albums. I recall a Rolling Stone article from 1979 on the Ramones where one member seemed particularly proud of the fact that there were no Blues influences in their music. Nothing wrong with that--it was an honest assessment of their classic sound. However, this did have an ugly side. When rock writer Lester Bangs first moved out to New York in the mid-seventies when punk rock was peaking, first thing he did was throw a party, inviting all his friends from the CBGB's scene. Bangs reflexively threw on an Otis Redding album, ostensibly so everybody could dance; right then he heard somebody yell, "Hey, Lester, what are you playing that nigger disco shit for?"

To some people, punk rock might have represented another wave of ethnic cleansing in Rock & Roll. However, that first wave of the New Wave was more integrated than most people might think. Several Black performers had key roles in punk bands during the prime early years (1976-83), particularly in New York, which, as the home of the Black Rock Coalition (a musician's collective), has had a long involved history of Blacks playing Rock & Roll. This is a salute to the brothers and sisters that helped make it happen.

As far as Black punk's relationship to Hip Hop, there's lots of soundbites to give, but they don't necessarily add up to much. Rick Rubin recalls Russell Simmons' initial reaction to Public Enemy being, "Rick, this is like Black punk rock. How can you waste your time on this garbage?'" Perhaps the most famous record ever done in an 80s hardcore style was "Cop Killer" by BODYCOUNT, rapper Ice T's novelty project where he had an all Black band playing hardcore/thrash. Johan Kugelberg, who compiles discographies of insanely obscure punk singles for Ugly Things magazine, has recently come out of the closet as a rap-head by declaring in print that early Electro records and battle tapes have the vitality and spirit of their punk contemporaries. And, of course, there were a few cases of cross-pollination, with projects like Time Zone (Afrikaa Bambataa and Johnny Lydon) and bands like the Clash becoming interested in Hip Hop (a nod returned when zillion sellers with Clash hooks began popping up from commercial Hip Hop).

But the true relationship really comes down to early punk and early Hip Hop both being D.I.Y. movements with independent spirits. When Black Hip Hop artists began exploring (and creating) their underground, culminating in obscure, unbelievably NEW sounding vinyl spinning out of NYC, this was not entirely untread ground. So in addition to the African griots, the signifying toasters, the comedic Jump Blues vocalists, the chitlin circuit standups, the political poets, the fusion Jazz experimenters and the countless other pioneers that can lay legit claim to the roots of Hip Hop, leave a tiny space for the handful of Black punk rockers who dared to refuse to accept that they had to dig the music they were supposed to dig and wear the clothes they were supposed to wear.

(Note: Bands mentioned in descriptions in ALL CAPS have separate entries, either in main listing, in Also Notable section in Other Punk/New Wave Hardcore Bands With Black Members section. Bands in bold type are acts with a significant relationship to Black Punk that do not have a separate entry)

BARRY ADAMSON

- Adamson, later of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, played bass in Magazine from 1979-1981. The band, while not too punk, was the product of the undeniable punk pedigree of Howard Devoto of the Buzzcocks. Adamson brought funky influence to the band, and that funkiness continued with his solo work in the 90s, especially The Negro Inside Me [Elektra, 1993], which explored his relationship with Funk, Jazz, Hip Hop and Euro Pop.
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STEVE ALDRICH

- The perpetually sunglassed Steve fronted the late 70s Grand Rapids, MI punk/New Wave band GWBT (which, believe it or not, stood for the Guys With Big Teeth) and then had a career spinning punk records on college radio (WSRX) which morphed into spinning "alternative" music as a pro-jock on WLAV. I've heard Aldritch's take on punk described as "possessed of a rare naivette" and also as that of "a big New Wave poseur." I suppose those aren't actually contradictory. GWBT's "Now I'm Really Mad" may be the only punk song to feature a celeste solo. (JA)

Terry Mohre adds: Way off in stating that STEVE ALDRICH fronted the GUYS WITH BIG TEETH, Stig had little or nothing to do with the band except we used his drums, which I remember urinating on. Members of the GUYS WITH BIG TEETH were M. DUNG, CAPTIAN TODEL, TERRY, WALTER WRIGHT, SPUDDY, and sometimes FROOT TA MAN. Also, no celeste it was a little blue toy piano

ALGEBRA MOTHERS (a/k/a THE A-MOMS)

- This Detroit punk band was led by the African American guitarist Gerald Collins. They released the single "Strawberry Cheesecake" b/w "Modern Noise" on Aftertaste in 1979.
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ALLAH AND THE KNIFE WIELDING PUNKS

- Bernie Edwards, Nile Rogers and Tony Thompson were among the members of this 1976 co-ed New Wave act (they did not release any records) before morphing it into the legendary dance act Chic. Rogers and Edwards became two of the most successful producers in pop history, and each has worked with a number of rock artists (Rogers' collaborators include David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and Sting; Edwards' include ABC, Duran Duran and Air Supply). Edwards died of pneumonia while on tour in Japan in 1996. Thompson also played with Duran Duran members and Robert Palmer in the Edwards-produced rock supergroup Power Station, and was the drummer for the Led Zeppelin reunion at Live Aid in 1985. He died of cancer in 2003. (JA)

ANDY ANDERSON

- Drummer for the Cure in 1983 and 1984 on the 'Lovecats' single and 'The Top,' "Japanese Whispers" and "Concert" albums. Clifford Leon Anderson (his bith name0 was briefly in Hawkwind before joining the Cure, and was fired from the Cure for fighting with security guards during a Japanese tour.

RODNEY ANDERSON and PAT BAPTISTE of SEISMIC WAVES

– Hailing from the wrong side of the tracks in the Chicago suburb Evanston, Rodney would go on to play drums in one of the best regional hardcore bands, DJ on the crucial punk radio show "Fast and Loud" and eventually become one of the bitterest men in Chicago punk. Seismic Waves' body of work deserve a place in punk history based on their titles alone; you have to acknowledge songs named, "Cable TV Was A Ripoff," "Lipsynch To The Go Gos," and "Fat Girls." Guitarist Pat Baptiste was also African American, making the band 66.7% Black. The "Fast and Loud" radio show (born in 1983) was one of the cornerstones of Chicago punk. Hailing from the campus of Evanston's Northwestern University (where Rodney attended) it played a boldly diverse sampling of local, national and international punk, hardcore, Oi! and speed metal (see ZOETROPE), and the show even spawned one of the great Midwest comps, The Middle Of America. Rodney's post Seismic Waves band, 007, was a surf mod act in which he played guitar, and which featured Eric Williams, another Black rocker. (JA)

Rodney Responds: While it is an honor to be mentioned in this article (and to still be remembered so many years later), I wanted to "refine" a few things: "Cable TV" was the title. "It's a ripoff/just bought a ripoff/sho 'nuff a ripoff" was the chorus. The Seismic songs mentioned were based on real people and real events. Some knew that they were the lyrical focus; most didn't. By the way, I didn't stumble into the job. I was drummer, head writer, and lead singer, though we all sang/yelled. I was kind of a Grant Hart copycat, if anything. Location, location, location... How'd I get to Northwestern, and WNUR, from the wrong side of the tracks? That one's funny. "...one of the bitterest men..."? Your sources don't know me. I'm the opposite. Someone once called me a cynic. I laughed, and said "You're dead wrong. I'm an optimist. Only an optimist can see that much potential and hope (in something) to complain about it..." Another reader adds: ...I did a short tour with Tranquility Bass a few years back and who should be playing guitar, but Rodney. And to further mix it up, Eric Williams was acting as the Merch guy. They were 2 of the nicest and laid back blokes one could hope to meet. Rodney was certainly not even close to the "Bitterest Man in Chicago Punk", in fact making no mention of his pedigree until me and the head hippy in the band got into it over the relative virtures Black Flag, at which point Rodney off handedly threw his weight behind my contention that they were better than the Dead, or something equally stupid. I roomed with him for a couple nights and we chatted a bit about "the old days" in which he had a "been there, done that" attitude, but without the arrogance that sometimes goes with it. He, like many people, seemed to lose interest when the bands started sounding like cookie cutter thrash morons who got so insular that goons would start a punchin when someone who did not fit their narrow viewpoints. I don't think the irony was lost on him that many of these losers were first introduced to the whole scene by his show, but when he would later go to a show dressed less than punk they would always find an excuse to hassle him. After the tour ended I dropped him and his gear off at his folks house in Evanston and it was definitely not the Wrong Side of the Tracks.

THE ATOMICS

- Rick "Stick" Greene sang for a while with this 1980-1983 Gainesville, FL band. The Atomics for the most part were a punk/New Wave cover band.
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BAD ACTOR

- Bad Actor was formed back in 1980 in Phila. Pa., originalÊmembers are; Ken "Tojo White, Henry "Tex" Mosley, Michael "Spider" Sanders (ex-Pure Hell), Gary "Wooly" Neal. Soon after forming they migrated to L.A. only to lose lead vocalist Tojo, being replaced by Shawn Bright (Oingo Boingo) and then Dee Dee Troit (U.X.A.). they played all of the then punk/new wave venues of the day, taping the very last New Wave theater, before Peter Ivers was murdered. They made only one recording that was released on the 1983 compilation LP "Sounds Of Hollywood Girl" on Doug Moody's Mystic label. Their house in Silver Lake was the meeting place for the Better Youth Organization planning the "Someone Got Their Head Kicked In" tour. Sadly Spider passed away in 2002 in the middle of reforming Pure Hell, we still miss him! See PURE HELL (Gary Neal) [NEW ENTRY 7/11/09]

BAD BRAINS

– Bad Brains are perhaps the most important hardcore punk band ever (many argue that their single, "Pay To Cum" b/w "Stay Close to Me" [Bad Brains Records, 1980] is the first hardcore record) but they are definitely the most interesting one. If a brilliant book is ever written based on the hardcore scene, a piece of literary historical writing that captures the bizarre complexities of American culture the way In Cold Blood did, the Bad Brains' story would be the perfect source material. Quite simply, H.R (Paul Hudson), the band's founder, is a mad genius that only America could produce; he's a magnetic, self-destructive, unfocussed/ultrafocussed, brilliant, schizo, frustrating, talented icon whose powers have resulted in a career/non-career that has no parallels. Before he was 20 he studied medicine in college, flunked out, abused drugs, fathered a child and worked simple jobs. His dismal hopes for a better life left Hudson ripe for suggestion, and when he stumbled upon some dusty self-help manuals he decided to reconfigure his life based on the principles of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude). He used this positivity to realize a dream: he wanted to make music! Hudson lived in Maryland, but our story shifts to nearby Washington, DC. DC is a predominantly African American town, but the punk scene was, not surprisingly, very white.
Two neighbors from the Black side of the tracks, Sid McCray and Darryl Jenifer, were open to white music and an interest in Metal led them to '77 punk. Jenifer's interests drifted to progressive Jazz Fusion music, however, and he soon joined Paul Hudson's new band, Mindpower (a PMA name) with Paul's brother Earl Hudson on drums and friend Gary Miller (the future Dr. Know) on guitar. Mindpower was a short lived, unsuccessful musical experiment, but Paul stayed positive, and when McCray urged them to give punk a chance they changed gears and renamed the band Bad Brains. HR (Hudson's punk persona) liked the name because it combined the Black English slang "Bad" with the idea of mind power, not knowing that Daryl took it from a Ramones song. The key axis-moment in DC punk history is the Cramps show at Hall of Nations in 1979.
Though it's hard to believe the ultra-serious straight edge and emo scenes would be born from a band as joyous and goofy as the Cramps, the fact is, like the famed Ramones show that inspired every important British punker, this concert was attended by future members of Minor Threat, Rights of Spring and many other significant DC bands. And it was at that show that Bad Brains handed out flyers for their debut show in the Hudson basement. The five member band (Sid was briefly a second vocalist) played furious punk with lyrics that combined PMA optimism with outrage. They developed a unique sound, combining jazz influences, Jenifer's and Dr. Know's invigorating playing, HR's unusual reedy voice, and, in lieu of the stiff metronomic beat that hardcore would be known for, the meaty rhythms of drummer Earl Hudson that swung like a rusty ax.
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By the end of the year they recorded their demo (7 tracks done in an hour), started incorporating Reggae (Mindpower had gone on a band field trip to a Bob Marley concert before Bad Brains formed), tried to relocate to New York and London (both failures, they never got past customs in Europe) and recorded what would be their first single. As the '80s dawned HR struggled with drugs and spirituality and become more invested in Rastafarianism. From any distance HR, a drug addled college dropout basing his life around absurd self-help books, doesn't seem like someone you'd follow, but his charisma and magnetism made him a true leader and soon the band members spoke in Jamaican accents. Over the next couple of years several managers who recognized Bad Brains' powers tried to get them on the road to superstardom but it wasn't to be. Though their shows were amazing (HR's signature backflips were something unseen on the tiny punk stages he roamed) and though they managed to record some amazing songs, HR's unpredictability always shut doors of opportunity as fast as they opened. The only reason they were able to negotiate the release of their legendary self-titled cassette album for ROIR (1982) is that ROIR's Neil Cooper (who died last year) personally knew Rastafarian prophet Haile Sellassie.


The cassette (diehards insist it only sounds right on cassette) would sell over 100,000 copies and became one of the most influential hardcore releases of all time. It led the band to coast to coast touring, and it was in San Francisco and Texas that Bad Brains would feel their first backlash from the punk world. The religious doctrines HR was adhering to were intolerant of homosexuals. This led to conflicts as bands they played with were either gay friendly or gay, culminating in some ugly incidents with the Big Boys that became the talk of the punk grapevine. HR's Rasta ways also had him trying to guide the band to an all Reggae repertoire, which caused quite a bit of oddness, with either punk fans not getting as much punk as they expected or, on occasion, Bad Brains drawing a Black Reggae crowd that was confused by the local, white punk opening acts.
After the troubled tour more chaos followed, leading to them losing their practice space, master tapes for upcoming records and equipment. They were given a new lease on life by punk fan Rick Ocasek (the Cars) who helped them record the band's first full length Rock For Light (PVC, 1983). Due to the regular Bad Brains chaos the record had an odd history or being released on a few labels over the years, but the album is perhaps the most cohesive document of their Rasta/punk balance. This led to interest from major labels but HR wanted none of it.
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He really wanted to change the band's name and stop playing rock altogether, and he (of course) thought major corporations were Babylon/Satan/apocalypse bringers. After sabotaging their chances at success the band was essentially broken up, and HR supported himself financially by selling pot (leading to an arrest and jail sentence). He still played occasionally with his brother, but was not on warm terms with Jenifer or Know. However, in 1985 they somehow mad epeace and re-formed, wrote new material, toured and made a new album.


After the drama and odd release history of their previous recordings, now they were working with an almost real label on an almost real record, I Against I (SST, 1986). It featured diverse musical excursions, and solid writing and singing by a fully engaged HR. The well-received album led to the possibility of signing with Island (Bob Marley's label!) but again HR refused and he and his brother left the band to concentrate on their other project. Between 1984 and 1990 HR performed with and released recordings with his "solo" band H.R. (also known as Human Rights). The best of these, Human Rights (SST, 1987) is an odd fusion of Reggae, Funk, pop and Rock that showcases the unusual magic of HR's voice. The band performed with a rotating lineup that often included his brother Earl and DAVE BYERS. I saw them perform once with a chorus of sweet singing women complimenting HR's reedy, off center vocal stylings in a sublime, fantastic way, making it evident what was special about his unique talents. However, at the same show the band performed without keyboardist Billy Fields (later of the Atlanta-based Black rock band Follow For Now and the rap group Arrested Development) who HR had take the fall for a drug bust at the previous show.
Unfortunately, that kind of disorder was more what the band would be about than the musical coherence. Human Rights was able to exist with drastically changing lineups until the end of the 80s, but eventually no one would work with him. After a European tour with Human Rights ended with HR stranded overseas he eventually made it back to the states and he and his brother briefly rejoined Bad Brains who had been performing with another singer. Quickness (Caroline, 1989), featured HR as a lyricist (anti-gay stuff included), but had little Reggae, and with the inclusion of the Punk-Metal crossover sound that many hardcore bands were into, it feels like HR is merely a hired hand. The European tour that followed had HR physically attacking a bandmate and jumping off a moving tour bus. When they returned to the states the band broke up.


Bad Brains reformed with singer Chuck Mosely (Faith No More) and continued to play. Things were worse for HR whose Reggae band was falling apart. He had sold the rights to the name and the music of Bad Brains to his ex-bandmates for needed cash, and without even that minute income coming in he spent a few years drifting between homelessness, his parents' house, incarceration, and short stints on friends couches for the brief period between his arrival and the time he alienated them. On the other side of the coin, in 1992, a few years after the commercial success of the Black rock band Living Colour, Epic Records took a look at the newly energized Bad Brains and signed them to their first major label contract. It was easy to see why they seemed appealing; the fantastic musicianship of Jenifer and Dr. Know was complimented, though not elevated, by their new lead singer Israel, a young, super-energetic kid with long dreadlocks and a stage presence influenced by pit diving punk. If you'd never heard of HR you'd be mildly impressed. Rise (Epic, 1993) had a perfunctory release but they were dropped when it didn't find a new audience (and lost the old audience who couldn't reconcile the Stones-without-Mick nature of the lineup). In 1994 perhaps the strangest chapter of Bad Brains history was written. Somehow Earl and then HR returned to the fold.
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Not long after the original Bad Brains lineup was reformed they signed a contract with Maverick/Warner Brothers (Madonna's label) and the real Bad Brains were all of a sudden a major label band. On one hand it could be argued that the amazing thing here is that HR agreed to sign. But the truly bizarre aspect of this arrangement is that Bad Brains (a middle aged, self-destructive, Black rock band with a cult following at best, who never even knew themselves if they played punk or Reggae) was perhaps the stupidest major label signing ever. There is no reasonable argument that would justify investing in Bad Brains' potential as an extremely commercial act. But the legend of Bad Brains was so powerful, and the band meant so much to any kid that grew up in hardcore, that someone at Maverick with a punk pedigree (I assume not Madonna) made the stupid decision with heart, not mind. They quickly released the unfocussed God Of Love (Maverick, 1995), produced by Ocasek, and took off on a tour with (hardcore pedigreed Bad Brains loyalists) Beastie Boys. Inevitably the tour was a disaster; HR beat his manager brutally before a show in Canada, got arrested for possession, and when the tour resumed, jumped off a stage in Kansas and, with the help of a microphone stand, hospitalized two fans he thought were spitting on him.
As he dealt with the criminal charges the band was dropped, and apparently lost the rights to even use the name "Bad Brains." When the group straggled back together at the end of the decade they had to be billed as Soul Brains. I heard numerous punk fans mention halfheartedly going to see the shows out of sense of obligation. It was hard for them to be excited about what they knew would be a perfunctory show at worst and a sad, violent, act of self destruction at its most interesting. But this was Bad Brains! How could you not go?


The various members of the band, when not on tour, split their time between regular jobs, family and various musical projects that their Bad Brains veteran status affords them (like Dr. Know's recent stint in Black Jack Johnson, a Rap-Rock band with Mos Def, BERNIE WORRELL, and members of Living Colour). But despite the fact that they didn't live up to the stellar expectations that their amazing first recordings and shows promised (an impossibility perhaps), Bad Brains will always stand tall as the true godfathers of hardcore and the punk band with the most formidable (and deserved…and bizarre) legend. (JA)

An e-mail response from a Bad Brain (since it was an e-mail we can't verify if it is genuine, of course): you dont shit about the bad brains son.............pay closer attention ....meditate between the lines.......peep the true mystic and science of the brains and not the petty earth runnings that tend to blind all of yall lemmings, still,even today 03.......open your mind -not your mouth,..knucklehead............d.jenifer [Updated 3/31/03]

On a more positive note, Steve Albini adds: I was struck by how perfect your biography of the Bad Brains was (my all-time favorite hardcore band -- I will never forget the sight of HR making his entrance by doing a backflip and landing precisely on the downbeat and precisely in front of the mic stand at C.O.D. in 1982), and I was impressed that you were willing to listen to- and digest their many lesser works so the rest of us don't have to, despite our curiosity. You did a great job of appreciating the genius of the band (and especially HR) without ignoring their human failings. I was told (by Minor Threat's Lyle Preslar, if it matters) that HR was originally a nickname, the initials for "Hunting Rod," which probably has the meaning we imagine it does. I was told that Darryl Jennifer played bass on a Bob Dylan album in the '80s, and if memory serves, also a Hall and Oates album, but I have no evidence of it. [Updated 3/31/03]

JEREMY WALLACH ADDS: It's "Rites of Spring," not "Rights of Spring." Here's a question: On the Ramones' 1987 album Halfway to Sanity, HR is clearly the vocalist on the track "I Lost My Mind," yet he is not credited in the liner notes (at least not in the ones that came with my nineteen-year old cassette...). Does anyone know the story behind this collaboration? [Updated 11/28/06]

Guy Fiorentini adds: On the I Against I tour in 1986, I was listening through the back door because I didn't have enough money to get in and the tour manager gave me $12 from his wallet and said go around and pay at the front door. [Updated 1/28/08]

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i against i



Bad Brains



KENNY BALDWIN

- One of the pioneers of Milwaukee punk, Baldwin was drummer in Locate Your Lips, but more significantly turned his father's strip club, Starship, into the city's first punk venue, which he managed (reportedly in a grumpy manner).

BASEMENT 5

– Basement 5 was an all Black trio from England that combined punk, dub and Metal, with Lemmy like vocals. Their album was cryptically titled Basement 5 1965-1980 (Island, 1980) and they also had a few 45s, 12"s and EPs, including a dub mix of their album and a Christmas single, "Last White Christmas" which railed negative X-mas greetings at Jimmy Carter, Margaret Thatcher, Khomeni and Ian Smith. Their take on a punk dub fusion was much more convincing then PIL's. Leo Williams, the bass player, was later in BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE. (JA)
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BBC Session




BEACH BUNNIES

- Circa 1979-80 there was a Black two piece (bass and drums) girl band in Pittsburgh called the Beach Bunnies who performed in Playboy bunny outfits.

JEAN BEAUVOIR

- Beauvoir's punk cred can't be denied; he played bass (and piano, and synth) for the Plasmatics from 1980-1981 (He's on Beyond the Valley Of 1984, Stiff, 1981) and he wrote the Ramones' closest thing to an '80s-style punk song (exploiting the ever popular Reagan mockery theme in "Bonzo Goes To Bitberg"). Born in Chicago to Haitian parents Beauvier took up bass early, and by his teen years was musical director for Gary "U.S." Bonds. This got him on the Dick Clark oldies circuit, which led to a stint as a singer in the Flamingos ("I Only Have Eyes For You"). Rejecting the clean-cut world of American Bandstand he started hanging on the NYC punk scene and after responding to an ad joined the Plasmatics and donned his trademark blonde Mohawk. The Plasmatics were legitimately more famous for Wendy O. Williams' remarkably hilarious stage antics (chainsaws, shotguns and shaving cream included) than for their songs, so it's amazing how highly regarded he was as a commercial musician when he left the band.
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He joined Little Steven Van Zandt's Disciples of Soul in 1982 (based more on his Gary "U.S." Bonds pedigree than his Plasmatics gig). In 1984 when Gene Simmons' acting career distracted him from KISS, Beauvoir (who had opened for KISS in the Plasmatics) was brought in to (anonymously) play Gene's bass tracks on the Animalize LP. He also co-wrote that album's "Thrills In The Night" In additon to Animalize, his apparently bestial knowhow was tapped for Animal Boy, the Ramones' 1986 LP that Jean produced and co-wrote. He released a solo album, Drums Along the Mohawk (Columbia/Virgin UK), in 1986, which sold over a million copies worldwide (he had a much bigger audience in Europe). He followed it up with several more solo albums, but more significantly with production and writing work for other bands (more in Sweden than the US). In the late 80s and 90s he led two bands who were somewhat popular (in Europe), Voodoo X (the Voodoo aspect was a play on his Haitian heritage), and the Black rock supergroup Crown of Thorns (with Tony Thompson of Chic and Power Station and Micki Free, the pink guitar slinging Prince impersonator of post Jody Watley Shalamar). In recent years he's gone from Mohawk to bald, written for NSYNC, performed with Bruce Springsteen, released a solo acoustic LP, and is working on a beer campaign. Perhaps not the punkest career, but he's kept it interesting. Check out www.jeanbeauvoir.com if you dare. (JA)

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Jacknifed



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BIG COUNTRY

- From the un-punkest reaches of the tail end of New Wave, this band did rise from the ashes of the far punker Skids. Featured one Black member, journeyman bassplayer Tony Butler (he played with the Pretenders [in 1984], Pete Townsend, and Roger Daltry, amongst others). (JA)
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Driving To Damacus



Come Up Screaming (2CDs, live) (Oct 2000)




In a Big Country (compilation) (Jun 1995)




BLACK DEATH

– Though embraced as more of a Metal band than a punk act (their self titled 1983 LP was on the Ohio Metal label Auburn Records), Sikki Spacek and his leather-clad, all African American bandmates definitely played a Hardcore inspired brand of Thrash. The punkest thing about them was that these kids from the wrong side of the tracks (a/k/a/ East Cleveland) rode the bus to their own gigs…with guitars and a full drum kit! (JA)
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THE BLENDERS

- This band had two Black lead singers (Bobby & Gail). I saw them open for the Bad Brains at CBGBs. No vinyl but they had a lot of fans. I also saw them at Max's. Vocalist Gail Epps is currently working as a stand up comic (edie gourmet) [New Entry, 11/28/06]

BODYCOUNT

- Not the Ice T hardcore project, this was an early 80s Maryland punk-Reggae crossover band. The drummer, Crucial Tony, was Black.
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Born Dead(1994)



Violent Demise: The Last Days CD/LP/CS[25] (1997)



Murder 4 Hire CD (2006)




BOSCH

- This band from Columbus, OH, started as a studio project called Hieronymus Bosch for a 1977 single ("Rollin' In Firs" on local label Enigma, not the more prominent label of the same name) before emerging as a full-fledged band under the shorter name. Their promo photo shows a Black member. (JP)

BUDDY BOWSER

- Sax player who guested with the Dolls and Johnny Thunders. [New Entry 11/12/05]

CHERYL BOYZE of NASTYFACTS/PANDEMONIUM

– Boyze and her band were high school students from Brooklyn circa '79-'80, who played melodic punk and released one amazing collector scum coveted single, "Drive My Car" on Jimboco. Boyze (a/k/a Boyce) was older then the others but they asked her to be in the band (originally called Pandemonium) because she looked cool. She played bass, sang and is credited with writing the songs. They played Max's, CBGB's and even shared a bill with BAD BRAINS at a cowboy bar. Bandmate Brad Craig, as well as other members, are still active musicians but are out of touch with Boyze. Hear MP3s of their single and unreleased stuff at Brad's fretman.com site. The band recorded again in 2004 without Cheryl. Recently Boyze has been performing in San Francisco as King TuffNStuff, a drag king (male impersonator) character who performs excellent original Delta-style blues music. Both Nastyfacts and TuffNStuff have Myspace pages. (JA) [Updated 6/09]

SHAWN BROWN of DAG NASTY

: Brown, who is currently involved with Jesus Eater, performed his first show with DC melodic hardcore band Dag Nasty at the WUST Hall in DC in the early 80s. Brown recorded the band's demo, but was out of the band when they recorded their debut. He was also in Swiz and Sweetbelly Freakdown. [New Entry 11/12/05]
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BUS BOYS

- Time (and a still-nascent, would-be 80's revival) has totally passed this band by, and those who still remember think of them as that bar band that appeared in Eddie Murphy's 48 Hours. I'm still kinda peeved that "Make The Music Go Bang," Don Waller's excellent chronicle of the pre-MTV New Wave scene in L.A., doesn't include any Bus Boys trivia. As Damon Locks from the Eternals exclaimed when he overheard me describing them as a New Wave band: "NEW WAVE??!?? Naw, naw, man, the Bus Boys were mainstream arena rock like Huey Lewis & the News! Where did you get 'New Wave' from?" Well, maybe you had to have been there, but the Bus Boys came from the Los Angeles punk/New Wave scene of the late seventies and early eighties.
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During the era that they were almost famous, with two moderately-selling albums on Arista that charted in Billboard, it was basically the New Wave crowd that provided a support base. The arena-rock crowd was too busy listening to REO Speedwagon to give a toss about a mostly-Black rock band who dressed like waiters and specialized in throwing stereotypes back into their listeners' faces (Lyric: "...I'll bet you never heard music like this by spades!!!") On their first album, Minimum Wage Rock & Roll, every other song deals with racial issues, turning negative stereotypes (old-school "yassuh, boss" Ebonics, etc.) into a vicious tool of satire. The monkeyshines were toned down on their second LP, 1982's American Worker, and then...nothing. In 1988, with Black rock finally getting another shot on the radar through Living Colour, the Bus Boys reappeared on a label called Voss (related to the soft-drink company?) with the horrid Money Don't Make No Man, which had them chasing the sound of Prince but not quite catching up. (JP)
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NIKKI BUZZ of SUN

- With his massive afro peeking out in a goofy publicity shot Nikki Buzz, lead singer of Sun, breaks the color line on the Live At CBGB's LP (Atlantic, 1976). Listening too their track the buzzsaw guitars definitely indicate "punk" but a closer listen reveals that they're just playing 60s Blues Rock at double time. The first dead giveaway is that Nikki's vocals are straight out of the Filmore stylewise, not so much sounding like Soul vocals, but sounding like a Black take on the white 60s version of Soul vocals. The real clue that these guys didn't know what punk was about (and why they didn't make it in the scene) is that their tune, "Romance," is five minutes long! Though some discographies indicate Nikki was involved in the funk band Sun from Dayton I think that's a mistake, though he did hail from nearby Louisville, KY. As far as credible post-CBGB's history, lucky for us he kept that ridiculous name throughout his career. In the early 80s Nikki fronted Vendetta who put an album on Epic in 1982, and then at some point (with the help of Curtis Knight…see PURE HELL) he ended up in Europe. The Nikki Buzz Band popped up at Blues fests and clubs around the continent for years, and the latest Buzz sighting has him fronting The Jackson re-5-al Band, a J5 tribute act in Holland. (JA)

BUZZ & THE FLYERS

– This was a Black-led rockabilly band on the late '70s NY punk scene; Buzz later changed his name to Dig Wayne and sang with the band JoBoxers in 1983. He's gone into the stage and screen sides of performing in recent years. He appeared in the original London cast of the Louis Jordan musical, 5 Guys Named Moe, and showed up in a few crappy movies, including Judge Dread. (JP)
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Brian Young adds: Buzz and the Flyers were a KILLER band - hugely influential on the Uk rockabilly scene as their records were just so good..Syl Sylvain produced their first EP and released it on his Sing Sing label..so much for all us rockabillies (of which I am one!) being racist!..after all wasn't Little Richard one of the first punks!..sadly the Jo Boxers were 80s studio pop....ulp! [Updated 11/12/05]

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Buzz And The Flyers (1981)



DAVE BYERS of ENZYMES

- Byers played guitar for the Washington, D.C. '80s hardcore band Enzymes, who became the punk-funk band The Psychotics. He was also in the shortlived 1981 band Peer Pressure (see TONI YOUNG), who to my knowledge didn't release any recordings but do show up a few times in the great 1988 photo book, Banned In DC. In '85 Byers was the guitarist for an early incarnation of HR's band Human Rights (also known as HR), and later played in Press Mob, a band with an ambitious take on hardcore. The first punk show he attended was the legendary Cramps show at D.C.'s Hall of Nations (see BAD BRAINS) (JA)
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Definitions of punk, hardcore and New Wave are landmines and someone's going to be unhappy whatever we say. It is an accepted belief amongst many that "New Wave" was just a term used by the record industry so they could sell punk to the masses, and while there may be something to that, it's undeniable that the safety pin/hate aesthetic of Malcolm McLaren's proteges the Sex Pistols is a different animal than his danceable acts like Bow Wow Wow. "Punk" was first used to reference the garage bands that banged out raw rock across America in the Beatles' wake. The Ramones revived the "Nuggets" aesthetic of these bands, but with a faster, more aggressive, more "fuck you" edge, and bands on both sides of the Atlantic followed suit. If every band sounded just like the Pistols and the Ramones it would be simple to label things, but in New York, LA and London popular-with-the-punk-crowd acts like Television, X and Elvis Costello confuse the issues. As the more diverse acts in the underground became defined as New Wave, the term expanded until it really became defined by what it's not. At some point in the late 70s and early 80s the label New Wave could be hung on any "new" rock music; anything that wasn't REO Speedwagon, Kansas, AC/DC or Allman Brothers might fall into this category, including but not limited to art rock, No Wave, electronic music, British pop, underground dance music, 2-Tone Ska, etc. etc. etc.

New Wave can be said to be an afterbirth of punk, though in retrospect, the quirky art rock of Eno and the electronic experiments of Kraftwerk in the early '70s seem to lay the groundwork. A more limited definition, one which looks at New Wave as a marketing of the oddness of the underground to the masses, can be said to start as soon as Malcolm McLaren's Sex Pistols experiment blows itself up and he and much of the "punk" world use their energy in less abrasive projects. I'd say the New Wave era ends in '82-83 when bands like Duran Duran and Culture Club take the keyboard friendly, eclectic elements of McLaren’s New wave archetypes and become the mainstream, getting Beatles-big and making the wave not so new and certainly not outsider-ish. Hardcore, which is definitely not exactly the same thing as punk, is far easier to define. It refers to the almost always aggressive, fast, violent American regional punk that developed in the wake of the self-destruction/mainstream co-opting of punk's original '77-'79 onslaught. Hardcore's glory years were approximately from '80 to '86 or so, but throughout the '80s, '90s and '00s there have always been hundreds (sometimes thousands) of bands around the world playing exact reproductions of '77 style punk and early '80s style hardcore, though the groundwork and innovations pretty much stopped early on. So that’s what I got to say on the subject, let the hate mail commence....

CRAIG CALVERT of THE FIX

- This Lansing, Michigan based hardcore band released a couple of singles on Touch & Go in 1980 and 1982 ("Vengence" b/w "In This Town" which now sells for a thousand dollars or so, and the less coveted JAN'S ROOMS EP) and toured the US and Canada a few times. The guitarist Craig grew up in a rough Chicago neighborhood, so his parents sent him to white Catholic school to keep him out of trouble. Little did they know his exposure to the white kids would lead to a brief but important punk rock career (the Fix were one of the first Midwest h/c bands).
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Steve from the Fix recalls, "He never even mentioned race, and dug mostly white rock, from Black Flag to Rush (but) he could play a mean version of "Heatwave." When he answered my ad for a guitarist in March, 1980, he just dropped that he was Black, from almost a marketing perspective. It felt like an afterthought." In Michigan his post-Fix career had him collaborating with Janis/Aretha styled vocalist Jan James in the Blues-a-billy band Flying Tigers. Craig returned to Chicago with Jan and spent the 90s and the new century sporting various degrees of poofy hair on the bar circuit under the names Jewel Fetish, and the Jan James band . Their longtime collaboration has spawned several albums in the US and the Netherlands. Career highlights include European tours, commanding the stage at the Taste of Chicago festival and recording in Memphis with Jim Dickinson. (JA)
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Steve Albini adds: The Fix was probably the first hardcore group I ever heard, thanks to Jon Babbin, who was friends with them and later would manage the Effigies. In his hair-metal incarnation in Jewel Fetish, Craig went by the nom-de-hair "Roxy Bombay," a name so perfect in its evocative idiocy that it still gets shouted as a heckle whenever a band oversteps the limits of tackyness. [Updated 3/31/03]

albums download....

1990 - Cold Days



2006 - At the Speed of Twisted Thought...




KENNY "MADDOG" CARTER

- Chicago punk scenester who became a bouncer at Exit. He was in the mid '80s band Johnny Chainsaw and the Troops of Tomorrow. (RA)

CHAINSAW

- This Belgian band released the raw, great "See Saw" 4-song 7"EP way back in 1977 (which included the best punk cover yet of the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On"). The back of the sleeve has pictures of the four members, one of whom was black- I don't know if he sang or what instrument he played though.
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CHARLEY CHARLES

- As drummer for Ian Dury and the Blockheads it's hard to call Charles a punk rocker. While the band was definitely part of the movement their music was perky, funky and sometimes borderline disco, making the role of the backbeat very unpunk indeed. Charles was with the band from the late '70s through 1981. He died from cancer in 1990. (JA) [Added 5/17/04]
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CHARLU

- Played bass in the French punk/Reggae band Nuclear Device (formed '83, several records in the mid 80s). Later was in the French punk band Ludwig Von 88. (raf) [Added 5/17/04]
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Ludwig Von 88 - Houlala 2



Ludwig Von 88 - Houlala III "l'heureux tour" live, 1998




NENEH CHERRY

- Don Cherry's stepdaughter (her real father was an African percussionist) dropped out of school in 1980 at age 14, moved to London, and was briefly in the Slits, the Cherries, the Nails and Rip Rig + Panic. Her rap-singing solo career in the late 80s yielded the hit pop song "Bufallo Stance." [New Entry 11/12/05]
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4 albums

1989 - Raw Like Sushi
1992 - Homebrew
1996 - Man
2008 - CirKus-Laylower



MICHAEL CORNELIUS of JFA

- Cornelius was the original bass player for the skatepunk band that was as much or more devoted to skating as it was to playing. He was with them from 1981-84 and again from 1986-88, and one of the reasons that he initially split with the band was skate-centric; he didn't tell them about a secret skate spot so they considered him a traitor. All is forgiven these days and he's friendly with the still active band, though his leisure time is devoted now not to skateboards or bass playing but to the cold and dangerous activities of snowboarding, heli-boarding and mountain biking. He even got married on the slopes. He was later in a wonderful DIY punk trio called the Jr Chemists. They had one release on Subterranean. (JA)
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Cornelius responds: I read what you wrote about me in the article. Kinda nice to be remembered. I DO still skateboard! Still riding empty pools; they just happen to be paid for with my tax dollars rather than illegal. Thank goodness for skateparks. I also manage the site www.SkateRock.com - Like a method air into the mosh pit since 1999 baby! (JA)
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JFA.- We know you suck cd +.to all our friends. - cd 2009




JFA - The Speed Of Sound (2010)



J F A - Nowhere Blossoms


CULT HEROES

- Hiawatha Bailey is the Iggy-esque frontman (short on Iggy stage moves, but stronger than Iggy vocally) for Michigan's Cult Heroes. Formed in '78, the Detroit-style punk band opened for all the bigshots when they came through Ann Arbor, and lived up to their name by recording one of the better Midwest pre-hardcore punk records. Both songs on their 1979 single "Berlin Wall" b/w "The Prince And The Showgirl" are great. The band has miraculously been kept alive by Hiawatha through various incarnations for over 20 years, and has released new material as recently as '96. Apparently part of Hiawatha's shtick is that he makes the somewhat dubious claim of having roadied for the Stooges, but if that still works, more power to him! (JA)

Cheetah Chrome adds: Hiawatha Bailey DID roadie for the Stooges, nothing dubious about it. I have been in the same room with him and both Ashton brothers telling war stories. [Updated 3/31/03]
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Morgan Wright adds: Hiawatha Bailey roadied for the Stooges, MC5 and Uprising in the 60s and early 70s and many other Ann Arbor bands. What's so hard to believe about that? He roadied for the MC5 in the 60's and Unprising and other house bands of the White Panthers. Hi was a member of the White Panthers even though he was black, and the fact that some of their members (Hiawatha, the drummer for Uprising, etc.) were black is the reason they changed their name to the Rainbow People's Party in the early 70's before they broke up. Hiawatha was a roadie back then, and never started singing until around 1974 maybe. The reason I know it is because I lived with Hi for about a year in Ann Arbor in 1973, I heard all the stories that he and others told. [Updated 5/17/04]
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Steve Hesske adds: Hiawatha is true black and blue old school punk. I had several pleasant hangs w/ him and Scott Morgan in Ann Arbor in the late '80s and early '90s and you couldn't meet a nicer guy. Hi was a Zelig-like figure during the whole brief, incandescent Stooges-MC5-Motor City Burning stuff. He brings the noise. Check out the Powertrane (one of Morgan's many post-Sonics Rendezvous Bands) record "Ann Arbor Revival Meeting" recorded live in the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor in 2002 where "guest star" Hiawatha joins the band and sings four Stooges songs "1969", "No Fun" "I wanna be Your Dog" and "Down on the Street" fronting a band led by Morgan and Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) and then ask yrself if it gets any better. [Updated 11/12/05]


CULTURE CLUB

- Malcolm McClaren's New Wave aesthetics finally reached Beatles success with this band, featuring Black bassist Mikey Craig, who, with Boy George, was also in an early, theoretical incarnation of the pioneering Goth band Sex Gang Children.
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THE CUSTOMS

- This Cincinnati, OH band was one of the few late 70s/early 80s punk bands to directly acknowledge 60s Garage-punk. They released two singles, "Let's Get It On" b/w "Bring My Cadillac Back" (Shake It, 1980) and the much-comped collector's item, "Long Gone" b/w "She'll Always Be Mine" (Shake It, 1980). The record sleeve for the amazing "Long Gone" single shows a Black bassist (Forrest Bivens?), though they did change bassists at some point. (JA) [Updated 11/28/06]
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