This black American hardcore punk and dub reggae outfit originated in 1978, when the band members were all playing together in an early fusion outfit. They moved from Washington, DC, to New York where they established a reputation as prime exponents, alongside the Dead Kennedys and Black Flag, of the new hardcore hybrid of punk, based on a barely credible speed of musicianship. The line-up comprised H.R. (Paul Hudson, 11 February 1956, London, England; vocals) and brother Earl Hudson (b. 17 December 1957, Alabama, USA; drums), Dr. Know (b. Gary Miller, 15 September 1958, Washington, DC, USA; guitar) and Darryl Aaron Jenifer (b. 22 October 1960, Washington, DC, USA; bass). They broke up their sets with dub and reggae outings and attracted a mixed audience, which was certainly one of their objectives: Were a gospel group, preaching the word of unity. It is frustrating that so little studio material remains to document this early period,...
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