Thursday, February 25, 2010
BAD RELIGION: T-BIRD ROLLERDOME, PICO RIVERA, CA. 1.15.83. SOUNDBOARD RECORDING.
Out of the multitude of hardcore groups that performed around Los Angeles in the early 1980s, Bad Religion may be the last band you'd ever select for everlasting fame. The band was marked by frequent personnel changes and quality-fluctuating performances. Then high school senior, Greg Graffin, imitated the inceptive Brit-isms of other Orange County groups such as Agent Orange, The Crowd, and the Adolescents with neither the same pop craft or hardcore vitriol. "How Could Hell Be Any Worse" in hindsight is regarded as an Los Angeles hardcore classic but doesn't deviate from the then norm of the relentless polka beat that seemed to fade into the background of ten-band hardcore shows of the period.
Bad Religion released "Into the Unknown" and still regarded as the ultimate LA hardcore embarrassment. How is a teenage kid with chain-laden motorcycle boots supposed to get into a Rush modeled, synth-heavy platter anyway? After this release caused the band to demobilize for a few years, they returned stronger than ever. The mid-1980s saw the birth of the band's strongest period of albums: "Suffer", "No Control", & "Against The Grain". As all of the first-wave and second-wave LA hardcore punk groups broke up, Bad Religion was really starting to get their bearings.
This short 26 minute, 9 song recording boast soundboard quality. This is a respectable live document of the first incarnation of the band and and also a fun listen. Enjoy!
1. Latch Key Kids
2. Fuck Armageddon... This Is Hell
5. New Leaf
6. Doing Time
7. Bad Religion & Politics
8. Damned To Be Free
9. Faith In God