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Album Review

A straight reissue of an out of print 1996 compilation on bandleader Sam McPheeters' own Vermiform label — although for some reason it lacks one track, the negligible hardcore blurt "Albany Academy" — The Rebel Sound of S**t and Failure is the definitive Born Against document. Collecting all of the band's single and compilation sides — the very roots of the D.I.Y. hardcore ethos for any band and usually the place where a band like Born Against makes its most cogent and direct statements — this 24-track compilation ranges from a hyperspeed 16-second blast of righteous anger like "The Nail That Sticks Up Gets Hammered Down" to even more venomous mosh pit anthems like the seething "Witness to a Rape." It also contains lighter moments like the pair of Screeching Weasel covers, "Janelle" and "Go F**k Yourself," that Born Against contributed to a split single with that band, as well as a stunningly effective cover of X's "Riding With Mary" that somehow manages to make the anguished original sound almost tame.

Customer Reviews

awesomely abrasive

These guys said what needed to be said, about anything and everything. Tracks 8-12 is their best stuff, originally released as a self titled 7". By the way, track #17 is actually called "I AM A IDIOT"...


So, not surprisingly, these fellows are becoming influential enough in their own right to warrant a good review of their music and message. I aint gonna do that though, I will say however, that their lyrics and music and the melding of the two sometimes reaches a cathartic and thought-provoking reaction from me, and I guess that is influential. I like it, and you wil too if crazy sounding punk rock with smart lyrics floats yer boat.

Born Against will never be dead

I can't say anything that hasn't been said better by someone else. What I will say is that Born Against define DIY leftist hardcore. Period. The twist they put on hardcore punk music is amazing. As another reviewer said, tracks 8-12 are their best stuff, appearing previously on a 7". My personal favorites from the album are "Eulogy," "Mary and Child," "Half Mast," "Nine Years Later," and "I Am an Idiot."


Formed: 1989 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s

Politically aware, always cynical, and powerfully musical, Born Against brought the passion and restless anger of American hardcore into the nineties. First active in 1989-90 in New York City, the band featured vocalist Sam McPheeters and guitarist Adam Nathanson, as well as a revolving cast of drummers and bassists. (The most solid lineup included Tonie Jay and Brooks Headley of Universal Order of Armageddon fame.) Born Against began with the usual round of 7" and compilation appearances, including...
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