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Verbal Abuse

Just An American Band

Beer City 131

Released on November 2, 2005


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1983. The East and West were engaged in the cold war, economic collapse loomed just around the corner, democracy was slowly being strangled by Reagan and Thatcher, Orwell’s vision of 1984 loomed large on the horizon and Verbal Abuse recorded their seminal album, “Just An American Band”. Having moved from Texas to San Francisco in 1981 and subsided on a diet supplied by soup kitchens and whatever else they could lay their hands whilst playing shows with MDC, The Dicks and The Big Boys, Verbal Abuse epitomised the term Hardcore. Theirs was a sound born of fury, born of righteous anger. This was hardcore in it’s rawest form, undiluted by the outside world. The band were a soundtrack to a scene still in it’s infancy, a scene that rallied and stood firm against the outside world. MTV had yet to sink it’s corporate teeth into the scene, the notion of anything pop being associated with punk rock was a joke. Whilst “American Band” may not sound as clean and polished as the slick boy band poseurs passing themselves off as punk rockers of toady, it’s power and passion remain as a testament to a time when to be hardcore, you had to live hardcore. Anything else was unacceptable. Re-issued by Beer City, along with a live set from the 1984 tour on which the band played with punk legends as The Ramones, The Dead Kennedys, Die Krezen, Poison Idea and the Cro Mags, and featuring sleeve notes from the band themselves, “Just An American Band” is the sound of liberty. The sound of an emerging force, of a band who lived it, eat it , slept it, dreamt it and did it. This is Verbal Abuse. This is Hardcore.

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Power Play  6%
2 Leeches  11%
3 I Hate You Voted #1  14%
4 Social Insect  5%
5 Boredom Voted #2  12%
6 Bud  3%
7 Disintegration Voted #3  12%
8 Unity  3%
9 Free Money  8%
10 I Don't Need It  0%
11 Verbal Abuse  9%
12 American Band  8%
13 Intro (Live In '84)  0%
14 Verbal Abuse (Live In '84)  0%
15 Emotional Constipation (Live In '84)  0%
16 Disintegration (Live In '84)  0%
17 I Don't Need It (Live In '84)  9%
18 Paranoid (Live In '84)  2%
19 Worth A Try (Live In '84)  0%
20 Free Money (Live In '84)  0%
21 Unity (Live In '84)  0%
22 Bud (Live In '84)  0%
23 Power Play (Live In '84)  0%
24 I Hate You (Live In '84)  0%
25 Boredom (Live In '84)  0%
26 I Wanna Be Me (Live In '84)  0%
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Jason from Everett, WA 
Jan 24 2007 Rating: 3/5 Stars

Nothing really different here. Good ol american hardcore is what it is. I like nothing but 70s, 80s punk but this just sounds like all the other hardcore back in its day. Good band though that inspired DRI and Slayer. Not much else to say that the album part all sounds the same but the live part has a lot more punch to it. I like the live part better in my mind. If you like Minor Threat type bands then you will like this.

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Casey from Phoenix, AZ 
Nov 27 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

my friend told me he really wanted this CD and if I bought it online he would trade me something for it but instead I think I'm gonna keep it, this cd is fucking awesome and Verbal Abuse is fucking awesome. if you like old American hardcore then get this.

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Ryan from Elk Grove, CA 
Aug 3 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Very cool, badass early 80's hardcore. Needless to say, it's another classic album from the era. The song "I hate you" rules and in this album you can hear the seeds of thrash, which was just about to blow up at the time. If you've only heard the Slayer covers from this album, then get this NOW to hear where bands like Slayer came from.

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Matthew from Bridgend, United Kingdom 
Apr 22 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

The impression I get when I listen to this is if you mixed the speed and lyrical approach of early Poison idea with the snot of the germs then this would be the outcome. Oh yeah and some metal band called slayer covered a bunch of the songs. I suppose these are good points to buy the album then are'nt they?????

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Brendan from Elmhurst, IL 
Feb 24 2005 Rating: 5/5 Stars

THIS CD IS DEFINATELY A CLASSIC AND A MUST HAVE FOR ANY FANS OF EARLY 80'S HARDCORE PUNK LIKE ILL REPUTE, BLACK FLAG, TSOL,ETC... THIS IS RELEASED ON BEER CITY RECORDS A KICK ASS RECORD COMPANY OUT OF THE ONLY BEER CITY AND THEY ALSO MAKE SKATEBOARDS. ALSO SOMEWHAT NOTORIOUS BECAUSE SLAYER LISTS THEM AS ONE OF THEIR INFLUENCES AND COVERS LIKE FOUR OF THIER SONGS ON THIER UNDISPUTED ATTITUDE ALBUM. I WANT FREE MONEY!!!!!!!!!

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Sandra from Irvine, CA 
Sep 2 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars

I thought it would be harder with a little bit more metal, I still think it's awesome though. It's nothing really essential, something that someone who's getting tired of first generation hardcore.

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Danita from Murrysville, PA 
May 23 2004 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Holy shit this is good stuff. I dont remember how i found these guys out but im glad i did. Its sort of depressing, but it delivers a no bullshit message. I laughed like hell at the song "Bud" cause its a cover of the "This Buds For You" beer commercial.

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Craig from Maple Shade, NJ 
May 2 2004 Rating: 4/5 Stars

One of the lesser known bands out of the 80's hardcore explosion. Verbal Abuse is some good shit. You might have heard some of these before when Slayer covered 5 VA songs on their album of punk covers (which I recommend too). Go check out your roots and get this damn CD.

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Giovanni from Bayamon, PR 
Oct 28 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Holy fucking shit!!!This is what I call fucking hardcore,this cd fucking kicks ass.Listen to it only if you like real punk,if you like good charlotte,blink and all that shit from(guess who?)MTV....then you will fucking hate this cause you are a fucking pussy-poser.

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Daniel from Indianapolis, IN 
Aug 21 2003 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Fuck yeah! this disc rocks. This band is all out hardcore punk with no bull shit, although they did cover a Grand Funk Railroad song but it's ok cuz it rocks. but "Leeches" is about the best song I've ever heard. The live stuff on the second half of the disc has really good sound quality for being live and almost 20 years old. I had to give this cd a 5 it's everything I was looking for when I bought it. If you're into hardcore punk rock this a perfect investment.

 
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