Friday, March 28, 2008

Life's Blood- Live On WNYU

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Here is the Life's Blood set from when they played on WNYU.
Life's Blood were a great hardcore band from New York City. They formed in 1987. Their sound was hardcore, but they had smaller melodic elements on some songs and even oi! tinged parts from time to time. Another notable thing about their sound, was the monster guitar sound. The band knew how to write memorable songs and had their own sound. The lyrics were highly critical of things that were going on at the time. "This goes out to Ray Cappo, it's called Never Make A Change", somehow I don't think that went over too well at all.
Besides this set, there is a WFMU set, a 7", comp songs (on the 'Murders Among Us' comp and the 'New York Hardcore: Where The WIld Things Are' comp and the 'New Breed' tape comp) and a demo. It's all great and worth seeking out.
The band had singer problems. If you find live sets you can be treated to Jason (the singer from the 7") or Adam (the guitar player) singing. Also, I had notes that said a guy named Sean sings on the live tracks from the 'New Breed' comp (which I wish I had the whole set of.. those songs sound epic). But then I have seen him left out of other histories of the band. All variations of this band made some great music. I hope you enjoy it!

The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/kjfzg4

Update...

I'm in the process of transferring a lot of great live and demo audio from some amazing bands from LA/OC. Great early 80's hardcore punk! With work and life and other stuff going on, it should take about a week to finish those, so......
Next week will be NYHC demo/live week!!!
I have some ideas of stuff to post, but I will also fill requests, so post requests in the comments and get ready, because I have a lot of great stuff to share!!!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Uppercut- Live On WNYU

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Here is the Uppercut set from when they played on WNYU.
Uppercut was a late 80's hardcore band from New York City. They had a harder sound, similar to bands like Outburst or Raw Deal. Besides this set, there is a demo, songs on the New York Hardcore: Where The Wild Things Are comp and a 12". The band is noted for the song 'Am I Clear?', which is a great song, but didn't exactly agree with the giant straight edge scene of the time. I will upload the demo at a later date, but the 12" was rereleased on Blackout Records a few years ago.
I think this is a great overview of the Uppercut material. The songs sound more urgent than on the 12" and sound a bit better than the ones on the demo. The demo and 12" are great though.
I hope you enjoy the music!

The music is here...
http://www.mediafire.com/?hm1e5izxme0

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Update...

Hello!
This week, I'm only posting WNYU radio sets. It seems like a lot of people are happy with that, so it will continue until Saturday.
I re-upped the Under Pressure, Occupied Territory and No For An Answer posts, since those links were down. If you are looking through here and a link is down, please post about it in the comments and I will re-up it asap.
Also, if there is something posted on here that is still in print, let me know and I will take it down. I try to post only long out of print stuff, but if I goofed, then let me know and it will be gone. If you are in one of the bands that I have posted music of, and you don't want your music on here, post in the comments with an email and I will gladly take your music down. I'm on here to share stuff that people can no longer buy in stores or order online, etc. I'm not here to hurt feelings!
Enjoy the music!

Nausea- Live On WNYU- 1988

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Here is the Nausea set from when they played on WNYU in 1988.
Most people know Nausea from the 'New York Hardcore: The Way It Is' comp. Nausea stuck out from the 'popular' NYHC of the time because they sounded way different. They had this great Discharge meets NYHC vibe. I think they get overlooked alot because that sound is not what a lot of people were into at the time. But this stuff is great and just as powerful as anything else from that time.
Another thing that made Nausea different from other bands was that they had two singers. The two singers on this are Neil and Amy. And a neat trivia fact is that Jimmy (singer in Maximum Penalty) was the drummer in Nausea for over a year! Talk about contrast in musical styles! Haha.
I think this is the best stuff Nausea did and I hope you enjoy the music!

Here is a picture of Neil...
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Here is a picture of Amy...
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The music is here...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/rrl7sl

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Up Front- Live On WNYU

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Here is the Up Front set from when they played on WNYU.
Up Front was a hardcore band from New York City. They began in 1986/1987. They are most known for their songs on the 'X Marks The Spot' comp and the 'Spirit' LP, which some people claim is terrible and others claim is wonderful. It's all a matter of opinion really. Other early releases include a demo, which isn't too hot, but I will post if people want to hear it.
Up Front had a solid sound, a bit faster than most, kind of like Our Gang. They played on WNYU and, to me, I think that the set is the best representation of their sound, short of seeing them live. The live setting captures a lot of the fury and passion of seeing bands live, that is often lost on recordings.
In the late 90's, Larry Ransom put the best songs from the WNYU set on 7".
Here is the entire set. I hope you enjoy the music!

Random band picture...
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Here is a live shot of Roger (2nd singer) jumping...
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And a great crowd shot from a show at the Anthrax...
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The music is here...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9pih28

Monday, March 24, 2008

Maximum Penalty- Live On WNYU

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Here is the Maximum Penalty set from when they played on WNYU.
Maximum Penalty was a hardcore band from New York City. They started in the late 80's and are still around today, in some form or another. They released a classic demo, which in my opinion, is one of the best releases to come out of New York City. They had two superb tracks on the New York Hardcore: Where The Wild Things Are. Also, there were other 7"'s and LP's, but those took on a slightly different sound than the stuff on the demo and the comps.
Almost all the material here is different in some way or another. It opens with the intro from the demo, but the end is totally different, with a guitar solo over it, that is actually quite memorable. Then they go into 'Living In Darkness' and 'Be Yourself' from the demo, which are pretty much the same songs. After that is a new song, that you can't hear the name of, followed by 'Friends You Once Had' which is not on the demo either. Then we get a mega slowed down version of 'Hate' from the demo and comp. They close with a song called 'Lifes Not Fair', which is not on the demo either. I am not too familiar with their later stuff, but the songs on here that are not on the demo, have the same style as the demo, but I do not think they are even on later releases.
Maximum Penalty had a great sound, similar to a lot of other NYHC bands of the time, such as Uppercut and Raw Deal, but they stood apart due to the fact that they had a singer who could actually sing. In fact, I was told that he makes a living as a studio singer or something along those lines. The music is so hard, yet soulful at the same time. They don't make bands like this anymore. Enjoy!

The music is here...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pthdie

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Nip Drivers- Oh Blessed Freakshow

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Here is another long forgotten, and often overlooked, band from California. It is the Nipdrivers, and the record is 'Oh Blessed Freakshow'. Not a lot of people know about, or care about this band, but this record has always been one of my favorites, so I figure it would be good to share some more good music.
The Nip Drivers were from Torrance California. The music has that classic early 80's CA punk hardcore sound, but there are parts that are strange and dip in and out of various other styles, kind of like how the Feederz, or even The Vandals, did. In fact, they cover 'Have You Ever Been Mellow', which the Feederz also covered. There are some straight forward songs here and then some slower ones and they are all very powerful. The vocals are unique and makes the music stand apart from some of the more generic bands of the time.
If anyone has the 'Destroy Whitey' record from the Nip Drivers, please post it or tell me where I can get it. I have never heard that one and I would love to.
I hope you enjoy the music!

Here is the cover of the record...
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Here is a live picture...
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The music is here...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/a9azsf

Friday, March 21, 2008

Funeral- Waiting For The Bomb Blast 7" ep + s/t 12" ep

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Here are two personal favorites of mine. They are also long forgotten punk records with some amazing music on them!
Funeral came from Long Beach California. They were around in the early 80s, and both of these records were released in 1981. They had a straight forward sound on the first ep, the standout tracking being the powerful title track. Then on the s/t 12", they come into an amazing sound of their own. All the great elements of the first ep are still there, but they expand upon them and it really pays off. It is classic SoCal punk, but it has a sound of its own, backs with some of the greatest hooks and memorable choruses. 'Will To Live' starts with a great bouncy guitar line, it reminds me of being on the beach and not caring about anything except having fun. Later on, there is a song called 'Darkness On Your Doorstep', which is a lot slower and is really doomy sounding, but they totally pull it off without sounding cheesy. The first ep is great, but the 12" is all the greatness of that plus more, and I feel like I'm failing at describing this band.
Members of Funeral were in or went on to be in many other great bands, such a the Rik L Rik band, and made a lot more great music.
Anyway, what a great band! Check it out and I am sure you will not be disappointed! Enjoy!

Here is the front of the 'Waiting For The Bomb Blasts' ep. The cover of the 12" is at the top of this post...
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The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/3bix3c

ABombANation- Demo 1988

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Here is another request fill! It is the ABombANation demo from 1988.
ABombANation formed in 1987 and played a lot of shows and then released this demo in 1988. The music is classic late 80's sounding New York Hardcore, but there is also an overwhelming sense a melody to a lot of the songs. I think the melodic overtones set them a part from a lot of other bands of the time. It wouldn't be off to say they had something in common with a band like Token Entry. The vocals are very clear and the clarity of the vocals really adds to the power of the music.
Three songs from this demo were also on the 'New Breed' comp. Later on there was an LP planned but that never materialized. If anyone has those tracks, please share them with me! There are also WNYU and WFMU sets out there and I would like to hear those, so if you have them, let me know!
Enjoy the music!

Here is a live picture of the band...
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There music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/1oxmnd

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Our Gang- Demo + Uprising '88 Demo + Unreleased 7" + WNYU + Lew's CDR

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Here is another request fill! It is everything I have from Our Gang! Our Gang was a hardcore band from New York City in the late 80's. They fit in well with the NYHC scene of the time, but they also had their own unique style, which was cool and kept them from becoming a generic clone band. They definately played a bit faster than some bands of the time, kind of like Citizens Arrest, who they were friends with.
There are two demos here. One is just the "Demo' and the other is the "Uprising '88' demo. The 'Uprising '88' demo has all the songs that are on the "Demo" plus some extras. If I had to pick a favorite Out Gang release, it would be the 'Uprising '88' demo, as I think is the best representation of their sound.
I also included their set from when they played on WNYU. The sound is good and is another cool live overview of their material.
Next is the unreleased 7". This sounds different than the previous stuff, adding a lot of melody and some singing, instead of always yelling. There are a couple good songs on this, and it's worth hearing, but again, it's way different from their other stuff. Some of the songs are pretty catchy.
Finally, I included "Lew's CDR', which is just that, a CDR that Lew from the band made. I think it is mostly a discography of everything they did, but I included it anyway, in case I was missing versions of songs that are on other things.
Our Gang also had songs on the New Breed Comp, but those songs were included on Lew's CDR, so I didn't upload them separately.
Our Gang was pretty cool, had a lot of great songs and I hope you enjoy the music!

Here is a picture of someone from Our Gang hanging out with someone from Citizen's Arrest...
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The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/sp1t73

Monday, March 17, 2008

Red Rockers- Condition Red LP + Comp Song

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Here is the fantastic Red Rockers 'Condition Red' LP. I also included their song from the Rodney On The ROQ Volume Two Comp. The song is on the LP, as well, but it is a different recording.
Red Rockers were a punk band from the early 80's. They were from San Francisco. They had a wonderful melodic sound, but it was different than the other melodic punk bands of the time. The music has a lot in common with The Clash or Stiff Little Fingers. In fact, I have often seen then referred to as a US version of The Clash. Either way, the music here is undeniably amazing. Every song is a hit and the crown jewel of this record is the song 'Can You Hear. The song is endlessly memorable with the best guitar and vocal hooks. There are the best 'woah' vocal parts combined with the lines of the chorus. This song will be stuck in your head for days, which is not a bad thing. The song 'Live Or Die' is another highlight of the record too. Unfortunately, after this LP, the band attempted to turn into a radio rock band, and semi succeeded with one radio hit, but the resulting records were really weak compared to the strength of this material. So check this record out and enjoy!

Here is a promo sheet picture of the band with some lyrics under it...
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The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/fyr1et

Saturday, March 15, 2008

MDC- Live In Los Angeles

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Here is a live set from MDC! The show is in Los Angeles in the early 80's. That is about all the information that I have about it though. If you know anything, let me know. The sound quality here is great. You can hear all the instruments and the vocals and some crowd interaction between songs. At the beginning you can hear Dave, ranting on and on about some stage manager who kept bothering him. It's pretty funny. MDC was way more 'serious', than a lot of other bands of the time, especially with the in between song talking. It's probably the exact opposite of that Vandals radio set that I posted a while back. Either way, MDC was still great and I think this set is great.
MDC were from Texas but moved to California later on. The music was great, fast hardcore. They didn't really have a lot of the pop or upbeat elements that a lot of bands did at that time, but the songs were still great and always memorable. 'I Remember' is one of my all time favorite songs. It is included in this live set. Enjoy!
Sorry I didn't add a lot of pictures for this. I wanted to get this posted real quick before I leave for the day. I have more MDC, so I will post a lot of pictures with the next post of MDC stuff.

The music is here...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/tumgk4

A Quick Note...

Hello! Thanks to everyone who reads this and enjoys the music that I post.
I just wanted to mention that if any of the links ever expire, please post about it in a comment and I will post a new link. Or if there is a problem with one of the downloads, let me know, and I will fix it.
Please post requests in the comments.
Also, if you are in one of the bands that I posted music from, and you don't want your music on here, then email me and I will gladly take it down. I try to only post long out of print stuff, or stuff that was never available, such as the live sets. I'm not here to make enemies, especially with bands that I like, so again, if something is here and you want it down, let me know!
If there is a post with minimal information about a band and you know stuff not included, please post it in the comments and I will add it to the post and give you credit. If you have more music, let me know and we can work out a trade. I am always looking for new stuff. You can tell what I like from looking through the blog, so let me know what you have.
Finally, send me links to your blogs and I will add them to my list.
Ok, that is all for now!. Post comments! Enjoy the music!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Pig Children- Blood For The State 12"

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Here is another request fill!
It is the Pig Children 'Blood For The State' 12" from 1984. I didn't know too much about this band beforehand, but a quick search found this, written by a band member...
".. A bunch of friends who grew up in the same neighborhood in Buena Park. Just hanging out partying, and throwing shit at the establishment. Roger the long haired, cholo looking, punk as fuck, punk rocker was the glue binding this group together... Hanging out with Black Flag's Keith Morris' cousin, Willie Hilser before his untimely death. Rob the Slob and Denniss Gage, hung around the old Fullerton and L.A. punks. Rob the Slob could always be found in Hollywood with fellow Mercenaries Lino Lousy, John Macias, Mike Muir, Skinhead Ricky, and the Mexican Mohicans, or Arnel and the LADS. Hanging out at FEAR practices, and haunting the Starwood, and every other fucking venue now resigned to punk rock history... Rob used to battle with Bobby Brat, to see who would take the girl home for the night. Denniss "secretly stoned" Gage, along with the Fullerton punks... shit I wonder who tried to play bass for the Adolescents in the beginning... Ask Tony Reflex... Denniss is still in possession of Darby Crash's ponytail. Mike the Slag, the loud mouthed drunken, slob, etc... and Clyde Kabibie, the silent brains behind the subversive machine... the fucker could have written the anarchist cookbook... Both hooked up and started jamming apolitical tunes with La Mirada Punk Johnnie Cat Moreno... formed Patriots Dead after a short stint filling in for the original "Assassins" when Trent Adams tried to resurrect that band... Eventually, Patriots Dead evolved into Pig Children, and the rest is history. Seldom respected, always rejected..."
This record is pretty cool, fast hardcore, but with hooks and memorable tunes. Enjoy!

Here is the front cover of the 12"...
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Here are two cool pictures of the band playing live...
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The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/nchpcy

Don't No- Demo 1983 + The Real World 7"

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Here is the Don't No demo and 7". Don't No was, perhaps, the only hardcore band to come from Malibu California. They formed in 1981 and then in 1983, they recorded this demo in Venice. Then in 1985, they recorded The Real World 7", which also appears here. In 1986, there was an LP called 'Incite The Riot', which I do not have, so it's not here.
This band was great, fast hardcore. A lot of the poppier element, that was popular in CA at the time, is not as abundant here as it was in other bands of the time. That does not take away from the music at all though. Overall, the 7" has a tighter sound, but that is to be expected when a band has been together for four years. That's not to say that the demo is bad either, as it has my favorite Don't No songs on it.
Also, thank you to Phil from Don't No for directing me towards the demo. I had the 7" for years but could never find anyone who had the demo and then I get a nice note telling me where I could find it! Awesome. Solid guy.
Enjoy!

The music is here...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/qqp522

Here is the 7" in a seperate file, since someone said the 7" section didn't work in the other file...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/mniwuq

The band has a website here...
http://www.dont-no.com/

Thursday, March 13, 2008

In Your Face- Demo 1988 + WNYU + Comp Songs + The Grub 7"

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Here is one quick request fill before I post a lot of west coast stuff! In Your Face was a great hardcore band from New York. They were around from 1987 to 1990. The band had members of Token Entry. In fact, I think the music here has a lot in common with Token Entry and even Gorilla Biscuits. This is a big file, but it has a lot of great music in it. First, there is the In Your Face demo from 1988. Then, I put the WNYU set, which is mostly demo songs. Also, I included two comp songs, one from the Seeing With New Eyes comp, which I planned on posting here at some point, but the In Your Face song fits with this post, so here it is. Finally, I included The Grub 7". It has a little bit different sound than the rest of their songs, adding a lot more melody than the previous stuff. It is my favorite stuff from then, but I'm sure people's opinions will differ. There is an unreleased LP from after the 7", but I didn't include it because I don't think it's too great or anything and all of the stuff here is better, in my opinion.
Enjoy the music!

Here is a cool promo shot of the band...
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Here are two pictures from various shows...
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The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/k5uzle

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Under Pressure- Vengeance 1988 Demo + New Breed Comp song

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Here is another request fill! It's the Under Pressure 1988 demo and their song from the New Breed tape comp. I believe Under Pressure were from New York in the late 80's. The demo came out in December of 1988 and the song on the New Breed comp is a rerecorded demo song, with much better sound qualities. The music has a lot in common with bands like Raw Deal and Outburst, but isn't a clone of those bands. That is about all I know, so if you know more, please post in the comments.
The next few posts will move back to the west coast with some great hidden punk treasures! Enjoy!

The music is here...
New Link!!! http://www.mediafire.com/?y52dimc2ehn

Monday, March 10, 2008

Reason To Believe- The Next Door 7"

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Here is the Reason To Believe 'The Next Door' 7".
Reason To Believe formed in 1987 and had a seven song demo. Then in 1988, they recorded this 7" for Nemesis Records. This record is a keeper because of its originality. They take elements that a lot of CA hardcore bands had at the time, mainly the speed and honest lyrics, but there is a giant DC rock edge to the songs. These songs are totally powerful and memorable. This record has been out of print for years. There was an LP that came after this, but I never thought it was as great as this 7". Enjoy the great music here!

Here is a flyer for a show that Reason To Believe played...
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The music is here...
http://www.sendspace.com/file/0fea4c

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Occupied Territory- A Start Demo '89

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Here is another NYHC demo from the vaults!
It's the Occupied Territory 'A Start' demo from 1989. This band was around in the late 80's, in NY, and in addition to this, there are two other demos and a set on WNYU. The other two demos are impossible to find, one being a boom box recorded tape and the other one was apparently never even released. I'd like to hear both of them, but for now, we have to settle for this.
The music is harder late 80's styled NYHC and while certainly not 'classic' by any means, it is still good and definately worth a few listens. The image at the top of the post is a scan of the insert that came with the demo. Enjoy!

The music is here...
New Link!!! http://www.mediafire.com/?bjjvbnmxxgy

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

NY Hoods- both demos + WNYU + interview

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Here are both NY Hoods demos, Built As One and Neutral. Also, there is a live set, with interview, from the Crucial Chaos radio show on WNYU in 1987. The music is great NYHC, on the harder side, like Breakdown.
This is a request fill from the comment section. I honestly don't know a whole lot about this band and internet searches turned up nothing, not even one picture, haha. If someone wants to fill me in with some background info about this band, I would appreciate it alot!
Also, the file is from a dude named Mark Anthony, on another board. I had both demos already but not files with quality sound like these. So thanks to that guy for the great contribution!
The files aren't tagged, so here are the track listings:

NY Hoods
"Neutral" demo
1. Mirrors Of Reality
2. Dept Of Corruption
3. Poor Girl
4. Race For Your Life
5. Relative Power

"Built As One" demo
6. Slapped In The Face
7. Taking The Fall
8. Relative Power
9. Anger Builds
10. True To Life
11. Mirrors Of Reality
12. Blind Faith
13. No Regrets

WNYU
14. Anger Builds
15. True To Life
16. Race For Your Life
17. Relative Power
18. Mirrors Of Reality
19. No Regrets

20. WNYU Interview

Always feel free to post requests in the comments section or email them to me. My collection is enormous and I love to share, so I will always do my best to fill requests.

The music is here...
NEW LINK!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/40i75t

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

No For An Answer- Live In Connecticut- 11/18/88

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Here is a good quality live set from No For An Answer.
No For An Answer were a straight edge band from California in the late 80's. They have a 7", an LP and live songs on the Free For All comp. There are also numerous lives sets besides this one floating around. The LP and 7" have been rereleased and are not hard to find.
No For An Answer was pretty cool, a bit faster than most straight edge bands at the time and the lyrics were introspective and definately not generic. Enjoy!

Here is a live picture...
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The music is here...
New Link!!! http://www.sendspace.com/file/16o53j