Sunday, March 8, 2009

"Those Paleo-Punks Sure Are Mysterious..." or the great eight(een)

Over at The Northern Agrarian, Patrick Ford has outed himself as a paleo-punk. Having also come out of the DIY punk/hardcore scene, I am always quick to take notice when another member of the "alternative Right" universe has similar origins. Although no formal list of paleo-punks has ever been compiled, my fellow Charlestonian Jack Hunter definitely qualifies and both Joshua Snyder of The Western Confucian and Daniel McCarthy of TAC have hinted at having these "tendencies" in the past.

I write this today primarily as an excuse to rattle off a list of the eighteen most important albums of my life. Note that this is not a favorites list, and I have tried to avoid discographys, compilations or "splits" which were common in the punk/hardcore world before the corporate gods saw fit to rape and pillage it. I also didn't include EPs/7 inch records or Demo tapes, both staples of DIY punk rock and both mediums that contributed far more to my personal activities and interests.

Without further ado and in no particular order:

Face To Face - Don't Turn Away
Gorilla Biscuits - Start Today
Against Me! - Reinventing Axl Rose
Shotmaker - Mouse-Ear. Forget Me Not.
Grade - And Such Is Progress
Dead Kennedys - Bedtime For Democracy
Chokehold - Content With Dying
Stretch Arm Strong - Compassion Fills The Void
Milhouse - Obscenity In The Milk
Converge - Petitioning The Empty Sky
Moss Icon - Lybernum
Propaghandi - Less Talk, More Rock
Self - Codename: Spivey
Unjust - Of Love And Spilled Blood
Hellbender - Con Limon
Botch - We Are The Romans
Karate - The Bed Is In The Ocean
Hot Water Music - No Division

A more complete discussion of my punk rock past may appear at a later date. Who knows I may eventually get around to posting old Remnants of Waco videos on youtube or listing a "best of" list for things exclusively released on vinyl.

Detailed "defenses" of the picks above may be forthcoming as well. We'll see if I'm feeling chippy this week.


The Western Confucian said...

Thanks for the mention! I should come up with a list myself. At the top of my list would the Bad Brains' Rock for Light.

northernagrarian said...

Just realized you have "No Division" on your list. I love that album.

tom said...

I didn't realize our talk on Saturday would result in this the next day.

M said...

It's too bad the site is down right now but there are a bunch of paleocons and libertarians that have been very active at the forums for years (I've been on there for 5 years myself). I dont' know what hit the server a week ago, but bookmark it - it always comes back and you can meet all kinds of fun people over there. I'll cast one in there for Anti-Heros.

B Lode said...

This is an interesting site and an interesting post. I was a slightly harDCore, very slightly punk fan in the 90s, and I've heard of exactly one band on the list (Dead Kennedys).