Saturday, April 2, 2011


I've long been a fan of regional college radio programs that had the audacity to play hardcore punk on the airwaves during it's formative years. The 1980s American hardcore scene will probably be forever indebted to programs like the seminal Maximum Rock & Roll radio show as well as more regionally focused programs like WNYU-FM's "Noise the Show". These radio shows were so essential at the time because they represented the starkest opposition to the then (and now, sadly) flaccid brand of corporate FM radio. More specifically, these pioneering shows gave listeners a chance to hear all of the great new records that were coming out at the time, advertisements for local hardcore gigs, and interviews with local and touring bands.

The "Adventure Jukebox" was the premier hardcore punk college radio show in the western Connecticut area for quite awhile. Broadcasted from the campus of Western Connecticut State University (my alma mater), this show began sometime in the early 1980s and presumably ended sometime in the late 80s. "Adventure Jukebox" was hosted by a fellow named Darryl Ohrt. Much like the aforementioned MRR & "Noise" radio shows mentioned above, "Adventure Jukebox" focused on all of the rad newly released underground music that was coming out at the time as well as spreading the word about local hardcore punk shows that were happening at the Anthrax in Stamford (and later, Norwalk).These gigs featured top notch touring bands and as well as blossoming local hardcore bands. During the early 80s, the Connecticut hardcore scene was flourishing quickly because of such exciting bands like CIA, Vatican Commandoes, 76% Uncertain, Violent Children, Lost Generation, Reflex From Pain, Seizure, No Milk On Tuesday, Young Republicans, etc. "Adventure Jukebox" was responsible for playing these killer bands on the radio before anyone else.

This specific episode posted here for download is pretty cool because it features a set of crucial tracks hand picked by Danbury native Ray Cappo, right around the time that the mighty Youth of Today formed. The first few tracks on this tape have Daryl Ohrt as DJ but the majority of the tape features Ray. It's possible that Daryl was there in the studio the day this was recorded since the "AJ" was his radio show or those tracks are from an earlier broadcast.

Essentially, this serves as an enjoyable mix tape for me. Ray picks a bunch of ultra classic tracks (all of them, nearly) that are favorites of his and plays them live on the radio. It's really awesome to hear bands like Discharge, 7 Seconds, Code of Honor, DOA, and Urban Waste played on the radio within a few years of these records being released. It must have been very exciting times to hear this kind of music on local radio and be involved in the underground. These days, college radio is far less exciting as it's more or less a bastion of formulaic fluff selected by independent labels with major label tactics. Come to think of it, the disintegration of contemporary college radio into a consolidated mass of CMJ and Pitchfork Media approved sterility is quite ironic when you consider how the medium got it's start.

This broadcast was recorded sometime during 1985. I don't have a more specific date because the cassette master doesn't provide any other information than this year. I've been meaning to ask Ray Cappo if he has any additional information about this tape, but I'd imagine recalling anything like this would be analogous to me remembering something I did when I was 13. You can also see that some tracks were cut out by the original taper.

Track listing:

The FU’s: Beast In My Bed
Rich Kids on LSD: Adolescent Death
White Flag: Psycho Cop
Broken Bones: Problem
DYS: Stand Proud
Jerry’s Kids: I Don’t Belong
Gang Green: Have Fun
The Freeze: Broken Bones
Deep Wound: I Saw It
DYS: Yellow

Scream: Your Wars/Killer
Bad Brains: Coptic Times
Iron Cross: You’re a Rebel
Meatmen: Tooling For Anus
Double O: You’ve Lost

Agnostic Front: Blind Justice
Major Conflict: Out Group
The Mob: Dr Butcher
Urban Waste: Police Brutality
Anthrax: Deathrider
Abused: Drug Free Youth
Adrenaline OD: AOD vs Godzilla
The Misfits: Astro Zombies
The Plasmatics: Monkey Suit

DOA: Unknown
Negative Approach: Your Mistake
Corrosion of Conformity: Tell Me
Verbal Abuse: Power Play
Big Boys: Sound on Sound
Discharge: Hell on Earth

7 Seconds: Boss
7 Seconds: Racism Sucks
7 Seconds: Fight Your Own Fight
Code of Honor: Code of Honor



  1. Great find, Chris! You just gave me something to listen to while traveling to a conference tonight.

  2. Excellent! I hope you enjoy it, dude.

  3. Wow, Chris! Thanks for posting this! Can't wait to's been a real, long, long, time.

    I don't remember for sure, but I think I might have been having Ray fill in for me on this show, or training him to fill in for future shows. Can't remember the specifics, but the studio was usually filled with a handful of friends from the local scene.

  4. The "unknown" third track is White Flag, 'Psycho Cop'

  5. Wow! I used to listen to the Adventure Jukebox all the time. Sunday nights if I remember right. Used to tape it, too, but those are long gone now. Thanks for this.