#1
SLAPSHOT



"This Is The End Of Hardcore. We Started It And We're Ending It Here Today"
Springa of SS Decontrol at a Jerry's Kids show in 1984.

It might be a bold statement, but to a large extend he was right - at least in the case of Boston Hardcore. Little remained of the original scene as bands such as SS Decontrol, DYS, Gang Green and The FU's had either disbanded, or gone Metal [a sound that didn't appeal to many within the Hardcore scene].

People were simply growing up, and with adulthood came other priorities. Either that or they discovered that they could play music other than the 60 second, three chord assault that Hardcore Punk was.
Either way, by 1985 there were just a few bands kicking around, and the scene had gone from Hardcore to Metal to dead.

Steve Risteen [ex Terminally Ill] kept bumping into Jack Kelly [ex Negative FX and Last Rights] in a 24-hour Food mart week after week. Jack Kelly, who wasn't in a band at the time, wanted to play again. So in October of 1985 Steve Risteen, Mark McKay [Terminally Ill's manager] and Jack Kelly formed Slapshot [they were originally supposed to be called Straight Satan, after the motorcycle gang which protected Charles Manson].

The threesome started writing songs and soon after Jonathan Anastas [ex Decadence and DYS] joined the band. He had been good friends with Jack Kelly through the Boston Crew, had roomed with him for a time and respected his vision for a new version of an old school Hardcore band.

There was big hype about Slapshot before they ever played a live show due to Jack Kelly's and Jonathan Anastas's reputations in Hardcore circles. And also since a friend of the band, Mike Gitter, who was writing for a lot of magazines at the time [one of which was his own zine - "xXx"], had written that Slapshot was a great live act. Note - in the Punk tradition of Malcolm McLauren and The Sex Pistols - these stories were written before the band had even played in front of an audience.

In October of 1986 Slapshot released their debut album. To save money [as the band wanted to record the album on a full 24 tracks instead of the usual low-quality 8 or 16 tracks Punk records were recorded on at the time], the group had to record from midnight to 8 AM to get the lower overnight rate.

Slapshot was about to get reinforcement in the shape Jordan Wood [ex STP, The Loved Ones and Deathwish]. He joined the band as a second guitar player right after "Back On The Map" was released.

In July 1997, Slapshot played what was to be their last US show for 5 years in Plymouth, Massachusetts. For a long time, it looked as if this show was going to be their last US show, ever. The show was videotaped for a local TV and the band was interviewed after the show . At the interview Jack Kelly stated that he don't know if this was Slapshot last show or not, every show can be the last, but then again, they might come out a few years later and do another show...

Then everything went all quiet and the mandatory rumors of a split surfaced. However, all rumors were killed off when there was a confirmation of a forthcoming European tour. Initially, the idea was that the lineup would consist of Chris Lauria, Steve Risteen, Mike Bowser, Mark McKay and Jack Kelly. A sort of a reunited Slapshot tour. However, soon it was obvious that the former band members still couldn't get along so Chris Lauria and Steve Risteen wouldn't participate. The replacement came in the shape of David Link, the bass player from Mike Bowser's other band, Claymore.

"Boston Drops The Gloves - A Tribute To Slapshot" was the title of a tribute album issued by Ken Casey's [Dropkick Murphys' bass player] Flat Records and San Francisco based label TKO Records. The release date was December 12 1999. 22 Boston bands paying homage to Boston's finest Hardcore outfit.

On October 22 2001 a new Slapshot album, entitled "Greatest Hits, Slashes And Crosschecks", was released by Century Media Records and a new chapter in Slapshot's legendary history began. Featuring fierce rerecorded version of classic Slapshot songs, the records was an instant favorite for long time Slapshot fans and helped introduce Slapshot to a new generation of Hardcore kids.

Website: http://www.oldtimehardcore.com/
All-O-Gistics:

Thou shalt always go for greatness
Thou shalt not commit adulthood (ALL)
Thou shalt not partake of decaf (ALL!)
Thou shalt not have no idea (ALL)
Thou shalt not allow anything to deter you in your quest for all (ALL!)
#3
Should probably be BOTD.
All-O-Gistics:

Thou shalt always go for greatness
Thou shalt not commit adulthood (ALL)
Thou shalt not partake of decaf (ALL!)
Thou shalt not have no idea (ALL)
Thou shalt not allow anything to deter you in your quest for all (ALL!)
#7
am i wrong or is there no audio on their site?

EDIT: pleased to see a new BOTM, we should definitely try harder at keeping these going.
#11
Does anyone want to do one of these? I would do it but I don't know many obscure hardcore bands.
#13
Internal. Do it you wuss! Get it posted and I'll sticky it.
All-O-Gistics:

Thou shalt always go for greatness
Thou shalt not commit adulthood (ALL)
Thou shalt not partake of decaf (ALL!)
Thou shalt not have no idea (ALL)
Thou shalt not allow anything to deter you in your quest for all (ALL!)
#15
I was just thinking we needed a new one. I could do one sometime also, how hard can copy pasting from wikipedia be? haha.
#17
Let's actually get one done this month. If no-one else wants to I'll do it.
#19
Get it up then sunshine!
All-O-Gistics:

Thou shalt always go for greatness
Thou shalt not commit adulthood (ALL)
Thou shalt not partake of decaf (ALL!)
Thou shalt not have no idea (ALL)
Thou shalt not allow anything to deter you in your quest for all (ALL!)