Negative Approach

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Negative Approach, from Detroit, Michigan, were one of the early hardcore bands in the Midwest. Pioneers of a brutal, nihilistic, and angry style of punk, they are regarded by many as "the greatest hardcore band ever." It's certainly a bold statement, but one that is also difficult to dispute...

Formed in 1981, the original lineup featured John Brannon on vocals, Rob McCullough on guitar, one Pete Zelewski on bass (soon replaced by Rob's brother Graham), and a drummer known to the general public only as Zuheir (who was also replaced early on, by O.P. Moore). Negative Approach drew their influences from Michigan's punk forefathers, the Stooges, and the English Oi scene, as well as contemporary American hardcore bands such as Black Flag, Minor Threat, and the Necros. The band recorded a track for Process of Elimination, Touch & Go's 1981 compilation EP, and accompanied fellow midwesterners the Necros on an east coast tour to promote the record. In 1982 the band released a 10 song 7" EP, and the following year released the Tied Down LP. Both records are pure expressions of anger and frustration, lead by Brannon's bellicose vocals and backed by tight bursts of hardcore fury. When asked what he wrote his songs about, Brannon replied simply, "People I hate."

Negative Approach broke up in 1984, and Brannon continued on with the explicitly non-hardcore Laughing Hyenas, who put out several albums on Touch & Go. He now has a new band called Easy Action. In the '90s, Touch & Go reissued all the Negative Approach stuff on one CD (plus a bunch of badly recorded live stuff), so people won't have to break the bank to hear these essential records.
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Albums

Negative Approach - Tied Down album art Negative Approach Tied Down (Album) Touch And Go, Touch And Go US 1983 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Negative Approach - Negative Approach album art Negative Approach Negative Approach (EP) Touch And Go US 1982 Sell This Version
Negative Approach - Friends Of No One album art Negative Approach Friends Of No One (EP) Taang! Records US 2010 Sell This Version
Negative Approach - Sugar Daddy Live Split Series album art Melvins / Negative Approach / Die Kreuzen / Necros (2) Melvins / Negative Approach / Die Kreuzen / Necros (2) - Sugar Daddy Live Split Series Amphetamine Reptile Records US 2012 Sell This Version

Compilations

Negative Approach - Total Recall album art Negative Approach Total Recall (Comp) Touch And Go US 1992 Sell This Version
Negative Approach - Ready To Fight album art Negative Approach Ready To Fight (Comp) Reptilian Records US 2005 Sell This Version
Negative Approach - Nothing Will Stand In Our Way album art Negative Approach Nothing Will Stand In Our Way (Comp) Taang! Records US 2011 Sell This Version

Videos

NA-1 Negative Approach - Fair Warning Vol. 1 album art Negative Approach Fair Warning Vol. 1(DVD, NTSC) Motor City Rock 'N' Roll Video NA-1 US 2006 Sell This Version
NA-2 Negative Approach - Fair Warning Vol 2 More Shows 82-83 album art Negative Approach Fair Warning Vol 2 More Shows 82-83(DVD-V, NTSC) MCRNR Video NA-2 US 2007 Sell This Version
NA-3 Negative Approach - Can't Tell No One album art Negative Approach Can't Tell No One(DVD-V, NTSC) MCRNR Video NA-3 US 2008 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Negative Approach - Live At WFMU On Brian Turner's Show On 5/27/2008 album art Negative Approach Live At WFMU On Brian Turner's Show On 5/27/2008(16xFile, MP3, 256) WFMU none 2008