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Old Tyme Hardcore

Slapshot

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Olde Tyme Hardcore starts with a clip from the '70s hockey movie that gave Slapshot their band name. (The title is actually a triple pun: hockey, the touristy Revolutionary War-era kitsch of the band's native Boston, and the fact that this kind of old-school hardcore was entirely out of fashion are all being referenced here.) From that opening, the band blasts through nine furious slabs of straight-edge fury with the wild-eyed abandon of true believers tempered with a bit of wistfulness. There's a hint of nostalgia not just on the title track, but on the album's centerpiece track, a fiery cover of SS Decontrol's "Get It Away," arguably the best Boston straight-edge single. Singer Jack Kelly disbanded Slapshot a day after the release of this album, after over 13 years as one of Boston's premier hardcore bands, and that "end of an era" sense hangs over this entire album.

Biography

Formed: Boston, MA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The remnants of several Boston hardcore bands formed Slapshot in the early '80s. The band released its debut, Back on the Map, in 1984. Albums followed in 1988 and 1989; the lineup consisted of vocalist Choke, guitarist Darryl Sheppard, bassist Chris...
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