Washington, D.C. hardcore

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Washington, D.C. hardcore, commonly referred to as DC hardcore, and sometimes shortened to harDCore, is the hardcore punk scene of Washington, D.C. Emerged in late 1979, it is considered one of the first and most influential punk scenes in the United States.[1]

Among the earliest DC punk bands were the Bad Brains, Slickee Boys, the Teen Idles, Minor Threat, S.O.A., Chalk Circle, Iron Cross, Velvet Monkeys, Void, the Faith, Youth Brigade, Government Issue, Untouchables, Scream, all of which formed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the mid-1980s during a time period quoted by some as "Revolution Summer", bands like Gray Matter, Embrace, Rites of Spring, Soulside, Three, and Rain emerged. Other DC hardcore bands from this time period are Fire Party and Dag Nasty.

Dischord Records, owned and run by Jeff Nelson, drummer for Minor Threat and Ian MacKaye, the frontman for Minor Threat, and later Embrace, Fugazi and The Evens put out records by many of these bands. Due to Dischord's popularity and influence, very few D.C.-based bands who were not on Dischord have received much attention from outside of the DC metro area.

Hardcore in D.C grew a large following in the late 1980s and the 1990s: Swiz, Battery, Smart Went Crazy, and Damnation A.D., with a majority of these bands releasing albums on Jade Tree Records and Art Monk Construction.

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  1. ^ Norton, Justin M. (October 17, 2012). "13 Essential DC Hardcore Albums". Stereogum. Retrieved April 11, 2016.

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