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Category Archives: American Utilitarian Hardcore

CRUCIFIX- s/t 12″EP (Universal Records, USA, 1981)


As of late, and don’t ask me why, I have learned to appreciate the debut by CRUCIFIX. It is sloppy, the guitar’s out of tune, the songs sound like the band was sedated, they’re just too slow. But still, this has got a lot of charme, especially when you think what a scorcher the following […]

F- You are an E.P. 12″EP (Intendo Distorto Records, USA, 1984)


Soundcard issues have been fixed! One of Florida’s greatest – and still surprisingly obscured 12″ by the notorious F. The six songs on this ep rip hard! Great voice, great guitar, competent rhythm section and songs that just flow over with energy and aggression, although they are not played overly fast. Bands like Hypnotics or […]

STETZ- Songs of Experience LP (Russo Syndicate Records, USA, 1986)


How much I loved this LP when it came out – and I still know every song by heart, even though I don’t spin it as often as I used to! Too bad STETZ never released anything else beside this, apart from songs on three LP comps («Hardcore Takes Over», «One big Crowd» and “New […]

RHYTHM PIGS- An american Activitiy 7″EP (Unclean Records, USA, 1984)


A stunner, a real stunner of an EP. 6 short songs, each one full with great melodies and rhythm, a lot of RHYTHM. Playing this now, 28 years after its release, makes you wonder why there were so few bands with such a fresh sound and lyrics that may cover the usual subjects of the […]

SEWER ZOMBIES- Conquer the Galaxy LP (Subversive Records, USA, 1987)


I’ve been meaning to post the 2nd SEWER ZOMBIES for a while now (I’ve had two songs off the first one up here once). Bizarre. This is just bizarre. I really don’t know what to say. If there were no Hardcore-context given, what would you make of this? I’m not even sure I like it. […]

FLIPPER- Sex Bomb, c/w Brainwash 7″ (Subterranean Records, USA, 1981)


Early FLIPPER: Pure musical cynicism, minimalistic, razor sharp and relentless. Hard drugs do not only destroy peoples lifes. The b-side will drive you insane, if you’re not already. The singer is struggling with words, attempting to explain something, then ends abruptly. Again and again, 12 times and it never stops, as it ends in a […]



This is how you represent 80s Hardcore and its bastard offspring in the 21st century without stepping into the retro trap. Cutting up the sound, playing around with the visuals – and creating something that seems “authentic” yet is a hybrid. The power of this video and its soundtrack is simply overwhelming. Very, very, very […]

SIEGE- Live in Stamford, January 26 1985: RIP Kevin Mahoney


And the sad news just won’t stop: Kevin Mahoney, former singer of SIEGE, died last week, very unexpectedly. Condolences to all his family and friends. Henry F Clark [aka Hank McNamee], former SIEGE bassist, has the following short statement for the readers of Goodbadmusic: “Kev was truly a great friend. His voice was as integral […]

NIHILISTICS- selftitled LP (Braineater Records, USA, 1983)


This post is in honor of Big Daddy Mike, former bassist of the NIHILISTICS. He’s currently in a coma and apparently terminally ill, but he’s still hanging in. I also would like to send my respect to Ron Rancid, who’s a helluva guy. Without a doubt one of the the greatest moments in the history […]

C.I.A.- God, Guts, Guns 7″EP (Shmegma Records, USA, 1983)


Day 5 This time, there won’t be so much to say. That might be different, had this band included more Boyscoutness in their act, but they didn’t. Or if the LP following the EP would have been the same, but it wasn’t. What C.I.A. deliver on “God, Guts, Guns” is of such sheer brilliance that […]