When American Hardcore came out I was really excited to see it. I was expecting/hoping for a history of the hardcore scene as told by the players, maybe some humorous stories and a bit of a glimpse into the inner-workings of some of the bands. What I was not expecting was to watch a bunch of 40-something guys give themselves a reach around. Outside of the fact that the movie was just plain boring, the pedestal these guys were putting themselves on was pathetic and a complete disservice to that scene, not to mention the fact that I think I could have made a higher quality visual appearance with my laptop and Vegas. To put it bluntly; I hated the movie, and as a result I totally ignored the soundtrack.
While the movie sucked and a good portion of the people in it came off as complete tools, that doesn’t change the fact that the music they made during those days was wonderful. I thought about this as I stared at the used copy on sale for $5.99 at my local record store last week. Finally, I decided that buying a used cd isn’t really supporting a movie, so I went ahead and bought it. Almost immediately I was transported back to my junior high/high school years, and by the time I hit the bridge I was doing 85 with the windows down and the volume on high. While most, nay, all of this music was made years before I heard it for the first time, that did not lessen the impact it had on my formative teenage years. Listening to it now is not only a jaunt down nostalgia lane, it’s also a hell of a lotta fun. While the latter could be a direct result of the former, I’m not really in the mood to overanalyze it, but I do wonder if this compilation will find it’s way into any kid’s hands at just the right time. I really hope so, but I am so outta touch with the kids today, I do not even know if they are listening to this sort of thing anymore. I can’t imagine that Fall Out Boy somehow leads to Minor Threat, but stranger things have happened. I gotta imagine that there is still a scene for this kind of thing though.
I thought about posting the entire comp so y’all could have it without having to shell out cash, and thus support the movie effort, but I have an aversion to take-down notices and lawsuits. So…I’ll just post a few songs from this 26 track comp, and if you like what you hear, buy the album used. Or download it.