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Saturday, June 11, 2005

Second Wave Straight Edge Follies

Leafing through my singles I ran across this and started laughing at the shaved head, X, raised fist, gaping maw and splotchy, eyeless zombie. All that's missing is a hooded sweatshirt. I'm so glad that error/era ended.

Youth Of Today took Minor Threat & 7 Seconds and amped it up to 11, leaving behind the intelligence and inclusiveness. Kevin Seconds produced and released this 7" in 1985, helping invalidate his own credo of "it's not just boy's fun".

Counteracting unintentional parody with hysterical satire I pulled out Crucial Youth, who got it right while Grudge didn't because they were trying to be Doggy Style and Gang Green.

2nd wave SXE was a mix of heavy metal mosh and thrash, with a moral and punishment code straight out of Judge Dredd comics. Not only did Youth Of Today sound like Italy's Raw Power, Ray Cappo made English sound Italian. Cappo famously became a Hare Krishna, which today may be quaint but back then they were a swarming annoyance competing with the Moonies for who could be more of a public nuisance.


Anonymous ishabaka said...

"Judge Dredd" was originally a ska song done by Prince Buster with Lee "Scratch" Perry producing, in the early 60's. In the song Judge Dredge, also known as "Judge One Thousand Years" for his long sentences, who is "from Hethihopia" tries three rude boys, one of whom, Emmanuel Zachariah Zachipam is actually Lee Perry.
It's was also the name of a pretty good skin ska revival band. The original song is pretty good, especially if you understand Jamaican patois. Just wanting to give credit where credit is due - "Emahson - you shoot black people, you boom up them houses, and you was the one down in Sutton Street who say "Rude boys don't keer " - well, I am Judge Dread and I don't keer - that's four hundred lashes and four hundred years - Tek Him Awey!!!!!!".

7:34 AM

Anonymous Ish said...

Sorry, in the second sentence it should be "Judge Dredd".

7:37 AM

Blogger lou screw said...

Didn't realize that comments went off on unrelated tangents...but I guess I don't know everything.
Anyway, totally agree about the 2nd wave SE stuff. Living in NYC during the 'original' 1st wave (about 25 miles from Mr. Shiff who had a nice bachelor basement out in LI) of Straight Edge, I can honestly say that the first bands (or singers) to adhere to the policy were definitely the most original (of course they were, they created it). I'm talking about Minor Threat/Ian MacKaye and SS Decontrol out of Boston. Remember going to Irving Plaza in '82 to see SSD/MDC/Minor Threat and the overly rambunctious Boston Kids (incl Dave Smalley, Choke and some others) chanted the infamous "Boston Straight Edge Song" before one of SSD's songs, then proceded to dive off the stage and go into the audience and knock the drinks out of peoples hands (no wonder there was a big Boston vs. NY rivalry for years; drinks are friggin expensive in Manhattan!).
Anyway, I guess us older guys, who've seen it all (except for the 1st Ramones show at CBGB's), tend to distrust anything that emulates another genre, regardless of it's intent.
Oh, Emerson, you failed to mention another example, which is even wierder. Pat from Uniform Choice, probably the most famous of the SoCal SE bands, was in another band called Unity, who were also laughable. 2nd Wave to the 1st power?

2:12 AM


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