Gang Green

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


This quartet from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, specializing in a fusion of hardcore and thrash, was put together by guitarist/vocalist Chris Doherty. Although originally formed in 1982 by Doherty, Mike Dean and Bill Manley, it was a completely different 1985 incarnation that secured a contract with Taang! Records (Doherty had spent some of the intervening period with Jerry’s Kids). After numerous line-up changes, a degree of stability was achieved for You Got It, with Doherty, plus Brian Betzger (drums), Fritz Erickson (guitar; replacing Chuck Stilphen), and Joe Gittleman (bass), the latter eventually replaced by ex-D.R.I. member Josh Pappe. Extolling the virtues of alcohol and skateboarding, and ridiculing the P.M.R.C. at every opportunity, their music was fast, aggressive and occasionally abusive. One career highlight was the mini-album I81B4U, where the band’s irreverent sense of fun put ‘two fingers up’ at Van Halen’s OU812. They also...

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