The Birmingham Straight Edge

Mike Parsons. Birmingham, AL USA

Recent reprints of No For An Answer, Inside Out and Youth of Today designs from Revelation. I don’t normally rock red shirts but I liked this YOT longsleeve too much to pass up.

Two new 7” in the mail today. Both recommendations from friends that I haven’t heard a note of yet. Excited to check these out.

Two new 7” in the mail today. Both recommendations from friends that I haven’t heard a note of yet. Excited to check these out.

Bold - Looking Back 1993 LP Version on Revelation Records. From my collection.

Unbroken - Ritual. Original pressing on New Age. From my collection.

Bad Brains - I Against I - Original 1986 SST pressing. From my collection.

Poster insert with the 1992 LP version of the Rebuilding Compilation on Temperance Records. Always cracked me up that these posters made it to print with “Gorilla Buscuits” typo intact. #burn #noescape #turningpoint #gorillabiscuits #temperancerecords #revelationrecords

Poster insert with the 1992 LP version of the Rebuilding Compilation on Temperance Records. Always cracked me up that these posters made it to print with “Gorilla Buscuits” typo intact. #burn #noescape #turningpoint #gorillabiscuits #temperancerecords #revelationrecords

Great mail week continues with Not Afraid - Locked Out and Angel Du$t - A.D. LPs from React. Corners of the jackets got bent/creased somehow during shipping. Oh well. I love both of these sleeve designs so much.

I never got to see Warzone and never met Raybeez so it feels kind of odd to post something like this but here goes. My introduction to modern hardcore came from Victory Style II. I already liked Minor Threat and Bad Brains but that was still “punk” in my mind. Warzone’s “United Worldwide” was the first song of theirs I heard and it was one of my favorites on the comp because it sounded more like punk than any of the other songs on it. I mail ordered some CDs from Victory not too long after and a zine/catalog of their stuff came with it and it was a Raybeez tribute issue. I read it cover to cover and it introduced me to tons of bands I’d never heard and some I only knew in name until I had the money to seek out a few years later. “United Worldwide” is essentially an explanation of what the hardcore scene can be in about 1.5 minutes. Some might call it simple or cheesy but to me it still stands as straightforward lyrical brilliance. I’m glad I spent $4 on this CD because it, and by extension, the music and lyrics of Warzone introduced me to a subculture in which I learned to express myself in ways I never knew possible before. So thanks for the music and the message, it has and will stick with me for life. #warzone #ripraybeez

I never got to see Warzone and never met Raybeez so it feels kind of odd to post something like this but here goes. My introduction to modern hardcore came from Victory Style II. I already liked Minor Threat and Bad Brains but that was still “punk” in my mind. Warzone’s “United Worldwide” was the first song of theirs I heard and it was one of my favorites on the comp because it sounded more like punk than any of the other songs on it. I mail ordered some CDs from Victory not too long after and a zine/catalog of their stuff came with it and it was a Raybeez tribute issue. I read it cover to cover and it introduced me to tons of bands I’d never heard and some I only knew in name until I had the money to seek out a few years later. “United Worldwide” is essentially an explanation of what the hardcore scene can be in about 1.5 minutes. Some might call it simple or cheesy but to me it still stands as straightforward lyrical brilliance. I’m glad I spent $4 on this CD because it, and by extension, the music and lyrics of Warzone introduced me to a subculture in which I learned to express myself in ways I never knew possible before. So thanks for the music and the message, it has and will stick with me for life. #warzone #ripraybeez

Up Front - “Spirit” repress for Record Store Day this year. Wish somebody would repress some of their shirts as well, especially that long sleeve with the cartoon stage dive on the back. “Special thanks to the Straight Edge Posse…On The Rise!”

Up Front - “Spirit” repress for Record Store Day this year. Wish somebody would repress some of their shirts as well, especially that long sleeve with the cartoon stage dive on the back. “Special thanks to the Straight Edge Posse…On The Rise!”

Another round of awesome stuff arrived in the last few days. Pure Fun Skate Zine No. 11(ordering info @purefunskatezine ) Not Like You Fanzine No. 1 (@notlikeyoufanzine) Colden Issue 3 (@coldenusa ) and the re-recording of the Absolution 7” via Lush Life. All of these zines are great and you should order them immediately!

Another round of awesome stuff arrived in the last few days. Pure Fun Skate Zine No. 11(ordering info @purefunskatezine ) Not Like You Fanzine No. 1 (@notlikeyoufanzine) Colden Issue 3 (@coldenusa ) and the re-recording of the Absolution 7” via Lush Life. All of these zines are great and you should order them immediately!