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When a lot of early L.A. punk bands were giving into subcultural trends of nihilistic themes, Youth Brigade railed against apathy and complacency with political songs. They weren’t quite the upstarts that made San Francisco’s Dead Kennedys infamous, but founding siblings Shawn, Adam and Mark Stern held that the “youth” in their moniker was meant to represent a young attitude needed to change what is unjust. And from 1982’s Sound And Fury to 1996’s To Sell the Truth, the band always emphasized the integrity of strength for change through music. 1994’s Sink With Kalifornija is a thorough collection which plays like a compilation. Overall it does a great job of collaging everything that makes Youth Brigade one of old school punk’s best kept secrets.The title track opens with distorted guitars, varying time signatures, melodic hooks and politically charged lyrics. “Men In Blue (Pt. 1)” sticks it to the man with catchy gang vocals, but “Did You Wanna Die” is easily the catchiest song here, which may be why it was immortalized in 1984’s Bones Brigade Video Show, arguably the very first skateboard video.

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Youth Brigade!!!!

This is the stuff!, one of my first ventures into punk rock (the new crap on the radio sucks) long live the old stuff!

I'll Sink With Kalifornija...

This CD is amazing... That's it just amazing. If you don't have this then you need to buy it! The best song is Did You Wanna Die...

Give it up to the Middle Aged Brigade!!!

Saw these guys in concert at the House of Blues recently. They still throw it down and put on a great show. Seriously, if you think you like punk, and haven't picked up any of their stuff, this is one to check out...


Formed: March, 1981 in Washington, D.C.

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

One of the finest hardcore bands to emerge from Los Angeles during the punk era, Youth Brigade was formed by a trio of brothers (Shawn, Mark, and Adam Stern) at the end of summer 1980 in Los Angeles. Originally supplemented with other members, the group went back to a trio in early 1982, the same year they founded their own independent record label, BYO (Better Youth Organization). Later that year, the group issued their very first release, the three-track EP Someone Got Their Head Kicked In, before...
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