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Something this board probably has never discussed...how do you find these Rasta - Punks and their mix of hardcore and reggae?
CassavaOuternational wrote:longtime bad brains fan here, grew up listening to hardcore and punk and bad brains were one of the best. if you've seen the documentary American Hardcore they are clearly better musicians than all the other bands, really it's not fair as they were fusion musicians that started playing hardcore and the other bands were just learning their instruments.
bad brains turned me on to reggae, and i got into the solo HR records too, those were all reggae except for some hardcore tunes on the first ones (on Olive Tree). i would rate the first three Bad Brains records as great (ROIR cassette, Rock For Light and I Against I). i still give HR Charge a listen every now and then, it's an all reggae record and the one with the best production/full horns. HR also did a split LP with Ras Michael, so i have to credit him with turning me on to Ras Michael as well (and his brother Earl, the Bad Brains drummer who also plays drums on all the HR stuff).
re: their Rastafarianism, i think HR aligned himself with the 12 Tribes Rastas, he mentions 12 tribes and Gad in lyrics
like Ryan Moore, i'm honored to have a dub release on ROIR b/c of Bad Brains
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