Hardcore was the angry, aggro, rapid-fire punk rock that came after the late 1970s first wave and reigned concurrently with two of the worst times in recent memory: Ronald Reagan's presidency and the corporate record industry's regurgitation of pure punk as wimpy new wave. While old school punk was ruled by junkies, mutants and the sexually ambiguous, hardcore drew rowdy boys who did not want nuance, space age love songs or whatever the pop-culture overlords had beaten with the hip stick that week. They just wanted it loud, they wanted it fast and they wanted it easy to knock the stuffing out... More >>>