Monday, October 11, 2004

Stains - John Wayne

The original version of a hardcore anthem.

The Stains - John Wayne Was A Nazi.mp3
Another example of pissed off, leftist hardcore from Texas. Some combination of sun, heat, and conservative values must have pushed people to the edge. Some of the best and most confrontational political bands spawned in Texas in the late 70's and early 80's. I'm talking Dicks, Offenders, MDC, Really Red, etc. The song hear was released as a 7" in 1981 by the Stains, who would later change their name to MDC ( Millions of Dead Cops, etc. ) MDC would go on to release a classic LP and several 7 inches of pissed off, left-wing thrash before devolving into a bad caricature. "John Wayne..." was re-recorded for their 1982 Millions of Dead Cops LP in much more agressive form - faster, thrashier. The original 7" version here is slower, more "punk" sounding than hardcore. Anger quotient for both versions is 11 on a scale of 1-10.

MDC's first three 7"s and extras were compiled on LP/CD as More Dead Cops that has slipped out of print. Find it if you can.