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Steven Blush on the birth of Orange County hardcore

A few times . . . I try not to talk about it too much, but one person I will talk about: John Joseph from [New York hardcore band] the Cro-Mags—he was in the naval brig. He went AWOL in about 1980 and reappeared in the punk scene, and a few of his old compatriots called the cops on him in 1995. And he was in the Navy brig for about five months. So that interview was intense—very, very intense. But luckily for John, he served his time, and they let him out early.

By comparison, how are people from the OC hardcore bands holding up these days?

No better or worse than anyone else. A few get recognition; most of them are totally fucked. As far as I'm concerned, my visit to Vinyl Solution [record store] is a pilgrimage to OC. I mean that, and I don't mean to sound corny, but I'm paying tribute to OC for being the birthplace of this shit. It's genuine. I really respected those bands, and I really worshiped those records.

Steven Blush signsAmerican Hardcore at Vinyl Solution, 18822 Beach Blvd., Ste. 104, Huntington Beach, (714) 963-1819. Sun., 7 p.m. Free.
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