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This discography is the hardcore equivalent to a high school year book. Goofy hairdo's, funny clothing styles, and questionable choices aside, you can really see the story and evolution of 4 teens growing up in the NYHC scene in the late 80s. Crippled Youth's "Join the Fight" (tracks 24-32) are the band's early beginnings and probably the most endearing. Matt Warnke sounds strangely wise beyond his ears for a 13 year old whose voice cracked in every other line while shouting some of the most naive and angry straight edge lyrics ever. The bass line to "Can't You See" is hard as hell and would later inspire not one, but TWO popular hard hitting Project X songs on their EP "Straight Edge Revenge." It was in this era that two tracks were also recorded but never released "Talk is Cheap" and "Always Try" (tracks 23 and 24 respectively). These two bad boys were later re-recorded for the Speak Out LP (tracks 10-20) in which they completely reinvented themselves. After changing their name to Bold to avoid the word "youth" as it was a pretty common word in a hardcore band title at the time (and Youth of Today being their good pals), Matt, Drew, Tim, and Zulu wrote harder and heavier music to coincide with more complex lyrics and probably their entrance into the 10th grade. The mood is a lot darker and somehow a little mysterious here which is amazing considering the comically positive song titles and lyrics, the ultra-youth crew intentions of the layout, and their reputation as the epitome of generic straight edge hardcore. This strange feat is mainly accomplished by the extremely muddy and almost accidently sludgy mix of the record. It's actually a pretty awful recording actually but I am the king of finding things like that endearing. All of this aside, those of you who hated the way your original copy of the LP sounded, this puppy has been cleaned up a bit just for you. The caveman approach to the song writing behind the intro to "Clear" can now be heard in all of it's epic glory. The REAL exciting part of this record though for me is the "Looking Back" material (tracks 1-7). This is like the end of senior year here and things are-a-changin'. Half the band on a spring break trip to Disney Land? Check. the other two member's growing disillusionment with their reputation and sound? Check. New member brought in to record a new record without them? Cheyeck. It's a real treat to hear the most fun, out-dated, and ridiculously cheesy speed/hair metal solos being played over top a hardcore band like Bold let me tell ya. When they played the reunion, these songs sounded the tightest (especially when porcell played second lead) and they are awesome in the same way that a classic 80's dated teen movie like Teen Wolf or Breakfast Club rules. It's such a product of it's time that could never be duplicated and strangely is one of a kind. Also appearing on this record is a recording of "Wise Up" from the "Way It Is" Rev comp(8),"Having My Say"(9)- formerly a bonus track on the Speak Out cd (and features more than a passing similarity to Cro-Mags riff on Best Wishes), and finally "Strength Through Hope" (21), which I'm pretty sure had never been previously released. This is a band people either love to hate or hate to love and I think it's because they were mostly misunderstood. Ironically, I think they are the most relatable hardcore band on the face of the planet. With the clearly defined stumbling beginning, awkward growth in the middle, and "mature" end (albeit in a backwards order), this discography documents the journey everyone takes in growing up.


saw these guys when they were crippled youth the played with youth of today and youth brigade on mothersday 1986 or 7. there parents were there they had to be like 15 yrs old. the ripped up the rat. awesome


So, I love Bold, don't get me wrong, but I can't stand the quality of recordings. "But it's punk" they might say, but go listen to the Minor Threat discography, that was recorded on 4-tracks back in the early 80's. When Revelation Records reissued this in 2005, I don't know why they didn't look harder for the master reels, because the sound quality for their only LP, "Speak Out", is still just as horrible as the original album. BUT, on a positive note, the songs that were from the "Looking Back" session (tracks 1-7) are the best songs this band recorded. They added Tom Capone (from Beyond, later he was in Quicksand) on guitar, and he took this band into greatness. Do I recommend this CD, hell yeah, but I'm just disappointed with the sound quality from the "Speak Out" tracks. I mean, the Crippled Youth 7" songs (tracks 24-32) sound better than "Speak Out".


Formed: 1983 in Westchester County, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s

Directly influenced by their friends and predecessors in Youth of Today, Bold was one of the many very young, straight-edge bands that arose in the East Coast hardcore punk scene during the '80s. The quartet was formed in Westchester County, NY, in 1983, and their remarkably solid lineup included vocalist Matt Warnke, guitarist John Zuluago, drummer Drew Thomas, and bassist Tim Brooks (most of who were only in the seventh grade at the time). Initially named Crippled Youth, the boys changed to Bold...
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