Black Market Baby

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Black Market Baby
OriginWashington, D.C.
GenresHardcore punk, bent edge
Years active1980–1988
LabelsFountain of Youth, Limp
Associated actsD.Ceats, Jakkpot, Lethal Intent, The New Standard, The Penetrators, Rustbuckit, Snitch, Trenchmouth, Vile Geezers
Past membersKeith Campbell: Guitar

Tommy Carr: drums
Paul Cleary: Bass
Mike Dolfi: Bass
Mike Donegan: Bass
Boyd Farrell: vocals
Scott Logan: Guitar
Neil Ekberg: Drums

Adrian Ossea: drums

Black Market Baby was an American hardcore punk band from Washington, D.C.They are considered one of the seminal groups that created the original hardcore scene in the Washington area, which along with Los Angeles and New York, became the most influential hardcore scene in America during the early 1980s, considered the high tide of the musical movement.[1]


The original line up was lead vocalist Boyd Farrell, bassist Paul Cleary of Snitch (Cleary was also in Trenchmouth), guitarist Keith Campbell of D. Ceats and drummer Tommy Carr from the Penetrators.[2]

In 1986, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat recorded what would have been Black Market Baby's second LP. When the band could not find a label to release the album, they broke up in January 1988 following a farewell show. They loosely re-formed in 1993, playing the occasional show and recording sparingly before calling it quits again in 1997.[3]

In 2006, Dr. Strange Records released Coulda Shoulda Woulda, a 26 track compilation album of the band's 1980s material, which introduced them to new audiences.[2]

In 2019, “Gunpoint Affection” was used in the Netflix series, Stranger Things, Season 3, “Chapter Two: The Mall Rats.” [4]

Partial discography[edit]


  • Senseless Offerings LP, Fountain of Youth, 1983
  • Coulda Shoulda Woulda CD, Dr. Strange, 2006 (compilation of 1980s recordings)


  • "Potential Suicide" 7", Limp, 1981
  • "Drunk and Disorderly" 7", Yesterday and Today, 1990 (recorded 1986)

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • v/a – Connected LP, Limp, 1981 (2 songs)
  • v/a – Bouncing Babies LP, Fountain of Youth, 1983 (1 song)
  • v/a – Flipside Vinyl Fanzine Vol.1 LP, Flipside, 1984 (1 song)
  • v/a – 9:30 Live - A Time, A Place, A Scene 2-CD set, 1997, recorded live at the 9:30 Club

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "13 Essential DC Hardcore Albums". Stereogum. 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  2. ^ a b "Graded on a Curve: Black Market Baby, Coulda… Shoulda… Woulda: The Black Market Baby Collection - The Vinyl District". The Vinyl District. 2013-11-18. Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  3. ^ "Black Market Baby: Info". Retrieved 2018-11-05.
  4. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)

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