Category Archives: Music

2 LIVE CREW PLAYS TO A BAFFLED DONAHUE AUDIENCE (HILARIOUS, 1989

This has to be the funniest talk show performance of all time. The audiences facial expressions are damn near priceless as they look on in horrified disgust or total confusion while the Crew sings “You will drink my cum and nothing more.”

2 Live Crew set the precedent for dirty raps and today we lost the icon Fresh Kid Ice. RIP to the 2 Live emcee and may you be chilling in the afterlife on a throne getting twerked on by all of the heavenliest hoes.

UPSTAB LIVE AT THE BEACHLAND TAVERN (2004)

This is the best and original lineup of the band that featured the maniacal Chris Erba on vocals. Watch this deranged lunatic play with one of the fiercest, short lived bands in Cleveland punk/hc history. They came, they saw, and they self-destructed. This footage has never been seen before. Crack one open and check this set out.

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HORROR OF 59 IS BACK AFTER A 9 YEAR HIATUS

Horror of 59 has a new album titled Necroaggression. It reminds me of old So Cal melodic punk mixed with rockabilly and a heavy dose of the Misfits. They have a song called “Nuke ‘Em High” so you can pretty much expect lyrics ripped straight out of the script for a b-movie. What’s not to love? You know what you’re gonna get and it’s what you came for.

“The Turning” is probably my favorite track upon first album listen. Horror of 59 definitely knows how to lay a catchy hook on your sorry ass. This one will be in my head all night.

CHEETAH CHROME RELEASED AN UNSUNG CLASSIC EP IN 1979

This was recorded shortly after The Dead Boys broke up and certainly shares the same energy of Cheetah’s previous work. There’s a slow, cynical and sinister sound to the B-Side “Take Me Home, whereas the A-Side “Still Wanna Die” is all about fast-paced nihilism and self-destruction. Everybody knows about Dead Boys, but this 7 inch has too often been passed over for the more popular stuff. Give these tracks a listen and lets hope that they are remembered as an important part of 1970s Ohio punk rock history.

Luckily Cheetah didn’t end up a rock and roll casualty and still records music to this day. Look for more on him in the near future from Rust Belt Hammer.

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NUKKEHAMMER BRINGS YOU SOME APOCALYPTIC RUST BELT D-BEAT

What would happen if Discharge was from Ohio instead of England. The results would sound something like Nukkehammer. These guys have an awesome approach to a genre that has been many times. It’s very Ohio. The production is raw and very midwest punk. This is one for the whole family (to die to)! Enjoy and spread. Rust Belt Hammer is back, mofos.

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CIDER ARE BRITISH FROM CLEVELAND

Cider may dawn the faux British accents but make no mistake about it, they are very Cleveland. The first time I saw Cider was in Youngstown, Ohio, at Play Fast or Die Fest. Their set was way longer than the allotted slot, nobody was into it, and then they got into a confrontation with members of Crowd Deterrent. I still have no clue exactly what went on between those two groups but it all seemed pretty funny and obnoxious.

Cider has been playing on and off since the 90s and shares members with other bands such as Darvocets, Integrity, Midnight, and more. They are Cleveland (British) Royalty. I haven’t really posted much about Cider, but here’s to them. The music is violent and angry, fitting into the Clevo HC lineage perfectly. Some may call them a “joke band” but they are way more pissed off than a lot of “serious” bands.

HELL ON EARTH BY IN COLD BLOOD IS AN UNSUNG CLEVELAND CLASSIC

Where Integrity sounds sinister, In Cold Blood sounds bleak. This album reminds me of driving through the rain and sludge of Northeast Ohio on a really shitty day, feeling bummed out and hating life. I love it! We got the singer of Mushroomhead on vocals here but this is no nu-metal album. Hell On Earth is a certified hardcore sleeper hit with severe metallic overtones. Heavy, sluggish (in a good way), and harder than the rusty nails in a decaying Rust Belt infrastructure. Do yourself a favor and revisit this album. The solos from A2 (Integrity, Inmates) sound just like you would expect. The riffs from Blaze Tishko (One Life Crew) carry this sucker to the next level. It’s really a great piece of Cleveland Hardcore history.

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