hArDCorE pUnk, the not quite but almost definitive list

By Grand-Imperialist Grand-Imperialist
updated 4 months ago

Some essentials .. curated to be lean 'n mean so far from complete and obviously with a ton of personal bias. I'm gonna stay away fro the pre-1980 KBD stuff here but it's gonna include some Punk cause the line is blurry eh.. In progress you dig?

  1. The Accüsed - 22 Song Demo

    Pretty generic '82 sound h.c., interesting for historic reasons

  2. Accüsed* - Martha Splatterhead

    Their sound transformed into this hugely influential monster

  3. Accüsed* - The Return Of... Martha Splatterhead

    1 For Sale from $155.30

    And out of the ashes of the Fartz rose Hardcore's own Eddie

  4. Accüsed* - The Return Of... Martha Splatterhead

    6 For Sale from $26.26

    A more affordable UK reissue of the O.G. with more err 'grown up' artwork and bonus tracks. A great starting point.

  5. The Accüsed - More Fun Than An Open Casket Funeral

    17 For Sale from $21.59

    They hopped upon the Combat Crossover train and sounded more polished and metal.

  6. The Accüsed - Martha Splatterhead's Maddest Stories Ever Told

    5 For Sale from $45.00

    I'll include this one for the awesome Jeff Gaither artwork and because I rate it more than Open Casket. Again more polished sounding crossover but in a good way. Think early C.O.C. meets Martha. It all went a bit downhill after imo.

  7. Ad Nauseam (2) - Ad Nauseam

    Fairly bog standard UK fare, but enjoyable.

  8. Ad Nauseam (2) - Brainstorm

    19 For Sale from $6.76

    If you have to pick one anti-Tatcher song to illustarte Punk's disdain for her then let it be this one.

  9. Active Ingredients (2) - Active Ingredients

    2 For Sale from $57.55

    Fairly passable but hey, it's from Kentucky so bonus points for that

  10. Active Ingredients (2) - Bringing Down The Big Boys

    1 For Sale from $68.17

    They got it right this time. Great production and Rock Stars is the ultimate snarl and companion piece to Dead Rock N Rollers by Detention featured elsewhere here. It's Lexington vs L.A.!

  11. Adrenalin O.D. - Let's Barbeque

    Catchy So-Cal influenced funnycore from New Jersey

  12. Adrenalin O.D. - The Wacky Hi-Jinks Of Adrenalin O.D.

    16 For Sale from $25.00

    More of the same but with better production and more speed than their 1st EP

  13. Adrenalin O.D. - Humungousfungusamongus

    As you can tell from the sleeve they're still really wacky, but now with a more crossover sound. They went on to release more but we'll leave it at this.

  14. Adolescents - Adolescents

    5 For Sale from $31.82

    Hits packed action fest Fullerton classic! Belongs in any So-Cal starters kit.

  15. Adolescents - Welcome To Reality

    8 For Sale from $14.39

    Three classics for the price of three.

  16. Adolescents - Brats In Battalions

    3 For Sale from $47.30

    Hard to leave this off the list, but doesn't do that much for me tbh. More of the same just not as good.

  17. Adolescents - Amoeba

    1 For Sale from $45.45

    Released 10 years after the fact, but this track is so iconic it deserves a spot here. Differnt (and better) than the album version. Essential

  18. Agent Orange (7) - Agent Orange

    Early LA monster. Not exactly HC yet but very influential

  19. Agnostic Front - United Blood e.p.

    Fast paced and aggro, what more to say. Buy on sight (urggghh)

  20. Agnostic Front - Victim In Pain

    1 For Sale from $397.73

    One of a handful of perfect H.C. albums, clocking in at under half an hour, all meat and no veg. Total classic, top 10.

  21. Agnostic Front - Cause For Alarm

    Now 'enhanced' with a more punchy crossover Combat sound that they would develop in the years to come. Broke them into a Metal audience but more and more away from the punk scene. Not half bad but pales in comparison to their previous and I'm not being purist AT ALL.