Hardcore can refere to either an 1) Electronica Style or a 2) Rock style also known as Hardcore Punk. 2) Hardcore Punk was started in the late 70's by Middle Class, followed by Black Flag and then by the likes of Discharge (from Stoke-on-Trent), Circle Jerks, Middle Class, Minor Threat, Asocial, Dead Kennedys, Misfits, Bad Brains, The Germs and many, many more. While early Hardcore Punk was extremely tied to Punk Rock, the genre developed into a more aggressive and of shorter songs. The term "Hardcore Punk" was probably coined by Discharge (from Middlesborough, not the D-beat band from Stoke-on-Trent) in their 1980 split EP with The Filth, in their song "Hardcore Punx". Canadian Band D.O.A.'s Seminal 1981 12" "HARDCORE '81" also forwarded the term to general use. The expression "mosh" (as in "moshing" or "mosh pit") is attributed to H.R., Reggae/Hardcore Punk band Bad Brains vocalist and frontman, who used the word "mash" (pronounced "mosh" in a Jamaican accent) lyrically and on-stage, in the means of inciting and to describing the aggressive and often violent dancing that took place in concerts.
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