The Birmingham Straight Edge

Mike Parsons. Birmingham, AL USA
New Breed Tape Comp Ad from MRR May 1989. From my personal collection.

New Breed Tape Comp Ad from MRR May 1989. From my personal collection.

Wrecking Crew and No For An Answer ads from MRR May 1989. From my personal collection.

Wrecking Crew and No For An Answer ads from MRR May 1989. From my personal collection.

Earth Crisis and Slapshot ads from MRR October 1993. From my personal collection.

Earth Crisis and Slapshot ads from MRR October 1993. From my personal collection.

My afternoon playlist. After a day in the “real world” I need this. Hardcore rules right now. If you think otherwise, Stop and Think said it best…

108 - Curse of Instinct 

My friend Justin Dolce from NYC put this song on a mix CD he gave to me the weekend of Furance Fest 2002. There was a lot of other great stuff on it, too but this song struck me the most. I had read about 108 in zines but had never heard them even though I was buying stuff from Victory and Very distro as far back as 1998. Upon my first listen, I immediately kicked myself for never giving them a shot before and bought all their material soon after. I celebrate their discography, including the two LPs on Deathwish, and listen to them often….but this song, man….it still just sends chills down my spine and makes the hair on my arms stand up. There are very few lyricists in hardcore that have been able to make their personal reflection feels as universal as Rob Fish did here. Emotions I had felt for years summed up in ten or twelve lines. Perfection.

triplebrecords:

MOSH TO BIG AL’S BEAT!

Love this band. Please tour and come to the South.

triplebrecords:

MOSH TO BIG AL’S BEAT!

Love this band. Please tour and come to the South.

Gotta find an outlet.

If you’re Straight Edge and you don’t like the new WW4 demo just go ahead and sell out.

Outbid on an XCHORUSX shirt. Damn it.