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Amoeba Hollywood Unveils New Punk Section! Check Out 10 Classic Punk Records.

Posted by Billy Gil, August 24, 2012 03:15pm | Post a Comment
Following the lead of Amoeba San Francisco and Berkeley, Amoeba Hollywood has debuted its own punk section. The section, located in the main room, straight back and on the left from when you walk into the store, has loads of CDs, LPs, Punk T-shirts and patches. Genres include Punk, Hardcore, Oi, Crust, Thrash, Metalcore, and more.

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The video below shows some of the shirts you can find at Amoeba.

 
Check out a list of classic punk and hardcore records you can find in the store, many of which have their roots right here in our little corner of the country (more specifically, L.A., especially The South Bay, and Orange County).
 
adolescentsAdolescents – Adolescents (CD or LP)
 
A supergroup of sorts formed in Fullerton, with members of Agent Orange and Social Distortion, Adolescents’ first album influenced legions with a sound that remained tuneful and dynamic within the hardcore punk rock frame of mostly short songs played hard and fast. It’s difficult to imagine Orange County descendants like Pennywise, The Offspring and No Doubt solidifying the So. Cal. punk sound without this first combustible blast of a record. Plus, their first single was called “Amoeba,” so that’s awesome too!
 

 
bad brainsBad Brains – Bad Brains (CD or LP)
 
How to describe Bad Brains and their first originally cassette-only release? Fucking insane. Former jazz fusion guitarist Dr. Know formed the band as a crossroads between punk and reggae, but DC-based Bad Brains hardly held back from extremes, as tracks like “Supertouch / Shitfit” and “Pay to Cum” are hardcore at its rawest, with singer H.R.’s banshee wail sailing over power-chord surge, sandwiching songs like the six-minute plus straight-faced dub of “I Luv I Jah.”
 


 
black flagBlack Flag – Damaged (CD or LP)
 
Despite their tough image — just look at that cover art — Hermosa Beach-based Black Flag were and are so beloved because they had the best songs, catchiest riffs and most charismatic frontman in hardcore. Henry Rollins’ infectious chants and grunts make “Rise Above” the fist-pumper above all others, and songs like “Six Pack” and “TV Party” are the ultimate dude-party anthems — “I’ve got a six-pack and nothing to do!” Its effects are still felt in unexpected ways — brainy indie rock band Dirty Projectors’ breakthrough was a full-album cover of Damaged, from years-ago memory.
 
 
Circle Jerks Group SexCircle Jerks – Group Sex (CD or LP)
 
Of all the original hardcore bands, Circle Jerks seemed to be having the most fun. Their “Live Fast Die Young” credo still rings true today because they didn’t seem like they were so serious about it, or anything, for that matter. Formed by Black Flag’s original vocalist, Keith Morris, and ex-Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson, Group Sex churning out hard, very fast and very short (no song breaks the two-minute mark) party-rock songs that tear down L.A. douchebags (“Beverly Hills, Century City/Everything so nice and pretty/All the people look the same/Don’t they know they’re so damn lame?”) and tell the world to go right up their asses.
 
 
descendentsDescendents – Milo Goes to College (CD or LP)
 
If The Descendents are the nerdiest hardcore band, they’re also one of the cleverest. Milo Goes to College taps into angst from high school to college to work and relationships, kind of making everything seem shitty but also worth laughing at. From taking the piss outta rich kids (“I’m Not a Loser”) to parents who won’t shut up (“Parents”) to wanting marriage over sex (“Marriage”) to writing a punk song about not being a punk (“I’m Not a Punk”), The Descendents’ music was funny but also was poignant in some ways.
 


 
fear the recordFear – The Record (CD)
 
Led by wild man (and Clue actor!) Lee Ving, Fear weren’t particular fond of being tasteful with songs like “Fuck Christmas” and lyrics that weren’t so nice to gays, women or anyone. However, confrontation is Fear’s M.O., and playing into aggression in order to expose it is a brilliant part of that — take “Foreign Policy’s” lyrics: “Hatred is purity! Weakness is disease! Where we bury you! It’s manifest destiny!” Fear also sang a lot about beer and trying to get laid. This record is full of bile but also some really well-written songs — “I Don’t Care About You,” “I Love Livin’ In the City.”
 
 

the germs miaThe Germs – M.I.A.: The Complete Germs (CD)
 
My favorites. The Germs always seemed to me like a punk band for the rest of us, maybe because frontman Darby Crash was gay and was more interested in hating himself than gays or women (self-mutilation; suicide), and bassist Lorna Doom was a girl and had a cool name. They could barely play their instruments at first and yet produced some of punk’s most idiosyncratic and cool music, like the infectious “Lexicon Devil” and beautifully doomed “We Must Bleed.” They only really had one album, G.I. (available on LP); for a collection that includes nearly all of their recordings, M.I.A. is startlingly consistent and crucial.
 

nofxNOFX – Punk in Drublic (CD)
 
NOFX remained quintessentially punk by avoiding major labels and staying true to their ska-tinged post-hardcore pop-punk sound, reaching its zenith on this 1994 album. White high school kids in So. Cal. love this shit like no other!
 

 





rise againstRise Against – The Unravelling (CD or LP)
 
Many emo bands could do right by returning to listen to Rise Against’s The Unravelling. The band was one of the best to update Husker Du and Rites of Spring’s fusion of hardcore sensibilities with pop melodies without the former just being a badge of honor — Tim McIlrath’s vocals shred on true hardcore gems like “Great Awakening” while opening the sound to radio-friendly choruses.
 



 
youth of todayYouth of Today – Can’t Close My Eyes (CD)
 
Viscerally demanding second-wave straight edge purveyors Youth of Today helped make not eating meat or drinking alcohol seem cool. They recently reunited for shows, so listening to Can’t Close My Eyes needn’t be an exercise in nostalgia — hopefully you can see them live or maybe get some new Youth of Today some day soon!
 

 

 

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