Thursday, July 9, 2009
MINOR THREAT: IRVING PLAZA, NEW YORK, NY 5.15.82 SOUNDBOARD RECORDING
This show was recorded as the band was writing for the "Out Of Step" 12". This soundboard recording is almost as good as it gets. The band is tight, focused, and powerful despite having to play on a overcrowded Irving Plaza stage packed with rowdy New York punks. It's arguable that this recording could even warrant an official release because of it's excellence, even if the band takes way too much time between their songs.
It seems as if tensions between DC and New York punks were legitimate. Ian Mackaye delivers some snide stage banter about how inebriated certain crowd members are and mockingly refers to Harley Flannegan as a "rock star" and dedicates an impromptu dub cover of Government Issue's "Asshole" in his honor. The ignorance of late adolescence also prevails when Mackaye debases a female crowd member in a.... somewhat derogatory manner. Mackaye plays sardonic sideshow man between numbers and is pretty hilarious throughout the entire performance.
Springa of SSD seems to be the king of the pigpile since his backup vocals are so prominent throughout the whole set.
Overall, a spectacular document of the hardcore era. Listening to it makes you feel like you were there.