Continuing along epic lines, how about a band battle that’s positively hardcore?! Sometimes I propose these throwdowns and kinda think I know how they’ll turn out. But this one is a total mystery to me. I can’t even begin to guess who’s gonna take it. We’ve got THE two preeminent
hardcore bands facing off. Someone could get hurt! Both helped define hardcore punk as we know it. Both made some classic records and some not-so-classic records. Both featured Keith Morris on vocals at one point. We’ll call this Battle Keith. It’s so close. 51 percent of me is leaning one way, and 49 percent is leaning the other. Black Flag, especially the early stuff, cannot be fucked with. But the C.J.s’ Group Sex, man, that might be the one album that best epitomizes hardcore punk for me. Wow. This is difficult! By the slimmest of margins, I’ll give it to the Circle Jerks! There's nothing quite like cranking up Group Sex to ear-shredding volumes on a day when I'm pissed off at the world and jonesing to punch someone in the face. California
Alright, then, my friends! The power is in your hands. Vote early and often!