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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Best of the 90's DIY Hardcore: Top 100.

In 1990 the final installment of Pushead's legendary PUSZONE column in thrasher Magazine published a list of 100 Best hardcore records of the 1980's. It's a great list that focuses on some of the great music of the decade, but of course has arguable omissions and debatable releases by the bands listed depending on personal perspective.

Pushead did a similar, but maybe less focused list of 90's bands I can't locate, but I felt I wanted to make my own list, as the 1990's is often unfairly maligned decade, because the central narrative thread that dominated the 1980's unravelled into an explosion of micro-scenes, styles and ideas, and indeed that splintering of culture presaged the world We currently live in.

Depending on where you or your local scene was or was focused, you could have positive or negative views of the time, I have a really favorable view of the 90's because a lot of the things that were great about DIY hardcore I was involved with on some level - powerviolence, the start of Japanese bands coming to the US, and Sludgy down tuned hardcore. In doing this list, I think there are many more, generally consistent and better made records that came out in the last ten years, but I feel there's definitely more uniquely distinctive and creative bands from the 90's.

I omitted some of the great Punk stuff of the time ( Bikini kill, Garage stuff) from the time as well as Emo-y Fugazi and sub pop stuff. The 90's is hard decade as music splintered into all these different subsects, genres and scenes. There's a lot of mosh metal from this decade I side stepped completely in my personal listening..... There are some 80's bands that indeed, have better records in the 80's.

Anyway, I have done this list in similar spirit to Pushead's list: One release per band, IN NO ORDER: BEST OF 90's
1) JUDGEMENT- NO REASON WHY 7" ( HG Fact)
2) IN/HUMANITY - The Nutty Antichrist -LP ( Passivfist, 1996)
3) HIS HERO IS GONE - 15 Counts of Arson-LP ( Prank 1996)
4) CROSSED OUT- S/T- EP ( SLap-a-ham, 1991)
5) NO COMMENT - Downsided- 7" ( Slap-a-ham Records, 1992)
6) BORN AGAINST - Nine Patriotic Hymns For Children- LP ( Vermiform, 1991)
7) LOS CRUDOS - La Rabia Nubla Nuestros Ojos... ( Lengua Armada, 1994)
8) WARHEAD-Cry Of Truth ( Self released, 1991)
9) NEANDERTHAL - FIghting Music-Ep ( Slap-a-ham, 1990)
10) DROPDEAD - S/T - LP ( selfless, 1993)
11) TOTALITAR - Sin Egen Motstandare- LP ( Finn Records, 1994)
12) DEATHSIDE - The WIll Never Die- 7" ( Devour Records, 1994)
13) FROM ASHES RISE - S/T- ( Great American Steak Religion, 1999)
14) FILTH / BLATZ "shit Split" LP ( Lookout, 1991)
15) SAIRAAT MIELET - Tippa Tappa- 7" ( Self released, 1991)
16) WOLFPACK - Lycanthropunk ( Distortion, 1997)
17) ANTICIMEX- Absolut Country Of Sweden ( CBR Records, Sweden 1990)
18) GLOOM - Speed Noise Hardcore Rags- 7" ( Crust war, 1994)
19) DEATHREAT - Severing Of The Last Barred Window- LP ( Partners in Crime, 1998)
20) KRIGSHOT - Maktmissbrukarne - LP ( Sound Pollution, 1999)
21) POST REGIMENT - Czarly- LP ( Skuld/ wai aye, 1996)
22) COPOUT - S/T- 7" ( Team Murder USA, 1993)
23) TALK IS POISON - Straight To Hell- 7" ( Prank, 1998)
24) HEROIN- S/T-12" ( Gravity/Vermiform, 1993)
25) CITIZEN'S ARREST - A light In The Darkness 7" ( Wardance, 1990)
26) GAUZE - 面を洗って出直して来い - LP ( xxx, 1997)
27) EXTREME NOISE TERROR -Phonophobia ( Vnyl Japan, 1991)
28) RORSCHACH - Remain Sedate - LP ( Vermiform, 1990)
29) NAUSEA - Extinction- LP ( Profane Existence, 1991)
30) NICE VIEW - S/T- ( Answer Records, 1997)
31) NEUROSIS - Word As Law LP ( lookout, 1990)
32) LOGICAL NONSENSE - Soul Pollution LP ( bun length / Tee Pee, 1995)
33) ELDOPA ( 1332) S/T -LP ( East Bay Menace, 1997)
34) MAN IS THE BASTARD - Thoughtless -LP ( Gravity Records, 1995)
35) DISCORDANCE AXIS- Ulterior- LP ( devour records, 1995)
36) GORDON SOLIE MOTHERFUCKERS - Chairshot Politics -7" ( River on Fire, 1998)
37) INTIAL STATE -Abort The Soul- LP ( Clearview Records, 1994)
38) SPAZZ - Dwarf Jester Rising- LP ( Clearview Records, 1994)
39) CAPITALIST CASAULTIES -Raised Ignorant- 7" ( Slap-a-ham, 1993)
40) THE GAIA - Kick Up Ass! CD ( sunshine Sherbert, 1994)
41) ECONOCHRIST - Trained To Serve- LP ( Vermiform,
42) SEEIN' RED - Marinus - 7" ( ebullition, 1994)
43) HEALTH HAZARD - S/T- 10" ( FLat Earth Records, 1994)
44) SCATHA- Respect, Protect, reconnect - LP ( FLat Earth, 1994)
45) DISCLOSE - Tragedy- LP ( Overthrow Records, 1994)
46) ORCHID - Chaos is Me - LP ( Ebullition, 1999)
47) EUCHARIST S/T ( Mountain, 1996)
48) DAMAD - Rewind/Manmade- 7" ( Bacteria Sour, 1997)
49) ANTISCHISM - Still Life -LP( Allied Recordings, 1991)
50) BUZZOVEN - Sore -LP ( Roadrunner Records, 1994)
51) INTEGRITY - System Overload- LP ( Victory, 1994)
52) DISFEAR - Soul Scars - LP ( Distortion, 1995)
53) KORT PROCESS - 1994 -EP ( Heartfirst, 1994)
54) UNION OF URANUS 2x7" ( Great American Steak Religion,)
55) JIN'RIK'SHA - End Present- 2X7" ( Heartfirst, 1999)
56) SO MUCH HATE - Lies- LP ( X-MIST, 1993)
57) MOSS ICON / SILVER BEARING - Split LP ( Vermin Scum, 1991)
58) UNIVERSAL ORDER OF ARMAGEDDON - City- 7" ( Vermin Scum, 1993)
59) JOHN HENRY WEST- John Henry West- 7" ( Gravity, 1994)
60) BASTARD - WInd Of Pain 12" ( Blood sucker, 1992)
61) V/A- STARVING DOG EATS MASTER- LP ( Blood Sucker, 1991)
62) INSANE YOUTH - Not Give A damn - EP ( Blood Sucker, 1994)
63) S.D.S. - Scum System Kill - 7" ( Mangrove, 1996)
64) ARMIA - Legenda- LP ( Wifon, 1991)
65) ASSUCK - Anticapital- LP ( Sound Pollution, 1991)
66) UNCURBED - Peace, punk, love , life and other stories...LP ( Sound Pollution, 1998)
67) DAMNATION A.D. - No More Dreams of Happy Endings - LP ( Jade Tree, 1995)
68) FRAMTID - 8 Track -Ep ( Crust War, 1999)
69) THE PIST - Ideas Are bullet Proof - LP ( Elevator Music, 1995)
70) CHRIST ON A CRUTCH - Crime Pays When Pigs Die- LP ( New Red Archives, 1991)
71) UUTUUS - Systeemin Rattaissa- EP ( Genet, 1994)
72) AUS ROTTEN - Fuck Nazi Sympathy - 7" ( Havoc records, 1994)
73) GRIMPLE - Up Your Ass! - LP ( M&E, 1994)
74) NAILED DOWN - VIolent Distortion- 3" CD ( Profane Existence Far East, 1995)
75) HELLNATION - Colonized - LP ( SOund Pollution Records, 1993)
76) OTTAWA / JIHAD -Split LP ( Council Records, 1994)
77) OUT COLD - S/t- LP ( Lowell Records, 1994)
78) DOOM - "Rush Hour Of the Gods" ( – 教祖ラッシュ) LP ( Flat Earth, 1996)
79) POISON IDEA - "Feel the Darkness" LP ( American leather, 1990)
80) BURN - S/T -7" ( Revelation Records, 1990)
81) DEAD AND GONE -S/T 7" ( Vinyl communications, 1994)
82) SCROTUM GRINDER - S/T -7" ( Burrito Records, 1997)
83) DEFORMED CONSCIENCE - Constant Strife- EP ( Adversity records, 1993)
84) BATTALION OF SAINTS A.D. - Hells Around The Corner 7" ( Taang, 1995)
85) C.F.D.L. - Atrocity Exhibition- 7" ( Standard of Rebellion, 1990)
86) CHARLES BRONSON - Youth Attack! - LP ( Lengua Armada, 1997)
87) EXTINCT GOVERNMENT - Wankers 7" ( overthrow Records, 1997)
88) COLLAPSE SOCIETY - EP ( Overthrow Records, 1994)
89) NINE SHOCKS TERROR - Zen And The Art OF Beating Your Ass- LP ( Devour, 1998)
90) DEVOID OF FAITH - Slow Motion Enslavement- EP ( Coalition, 1997)
91) CRESS - Monuments- LP ( Flat Earth Records, 1998)
92) DISRUPT" Unrest" CD ( Relapse, 1994)
93) EXCRUCIATING TERROR - Expression of Pain - CD ( Theologian, 1996)
94) V/A- START A RIOT -LP ( CLean Plate Records, 1995)
95) CROW - Door To The End 12" ( Crow records, 1998)
96) D.S.B. - Wings Continue To Strive With Unchanged Mind - LP ( BLood Sucker Records, 1998
97) D.S. 13 - aborted Teen Generation 7" ( Busted Heads, 1998)
98) CHAIN OF STRENGTH - What Holds Us Apart 7" ( first Strike records, 1991)
99) MEANWHILE - Road To Hell - CD ( we bite records, 1996)
100) STATE OF FEAR - Wallow In Squalor- 7" ( Profane existence, 1995)

Thanks to folks at Secret punk rock Mssg board for a few Suggestions.
I really need a longer list for the 1990's, too many worthy records, bands and people. Apologies for any omissions and please suggest good records. Back with a 00's list soon.

4 comments:

Igor said...

Great list, brings back memories. I just dug up that el dopa album recently. My biggest regret was ignoring the 90's japanese hardcore bands like warhead, bastard, death side, and nightmare.
Some omissions:
despise you -pcp scapegoat
hail of rage 7"
c.r. 7"
assfactor 4 s/t lp
deadguy - fixation...
possessed to skate comp
first bleeaaaargh 7"

I can do this all night.

Igor said...

Great list, brings back memories. I wish i hadn't ignored the japanese hc that came out back then like bastard, death side, warhead and nightmare. I recently dug up that eldopa cd, very underrated. Some other great 90s releases:
despise you 7"
c.r. 7"
deadguy - fixation...
hail of rage 7"
possessed to skate comp
assfactor 4 -s/t lp
ebola - imprecation 7"
phobia - means of existence lp
Dystopia - human=garbage
corrupted - nadie
acme - to reduce a choir cd
morser - two hours to doom

i really could keep going. Can't wait for the '00s list, i really missed out on a lot of hc after 2000, so it will be nice to see what i missed out on.

xcharliex said...

I randomly ended up finding the list Pushead did for the 80's:
http://rateyourmusic.com/list/javiblanco/pusheads_unofficial_top_100_of_the_80s

Unknown said...

Great list! Aspirin Feast's Police Beat 7" should be on it, though. Also, Mukilteo Faries!