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Negative Approach

Detroit's Negative Approach, along with Maumee, OH's Necros, were the undisputed champs of Midwestern hardcore in the early to mid-'80s. Legend has it that vocalist John Brannon recruited drummer OP Moore and the guitar/bass team of Rob and Graham McCulloch at a skate park sometime in 1981. Lead by the bald-headed Brannon's hoarse wail, the band concocted an extreme sound devoid of frills that alternated between violent and mean. This was first fully documented in 1982 on their self-titled Touch and Go 7". The band released the more metallic-sounding Tied Down 12" on Touch and Go in 1983, but died out in 1985 as Brannon incubated the Birthday Party blues of Laughing Hyenas. Unfortunately lacking the more widespread post-hardcore fame of peers Ian McKaye and Henry Rollins, Brannon's Negative Approach has not gotten the later-day due often accorded Minor Threat and Black Flag. Negative Approach was certainly as influential as those two bands, touching everyone from Poison Idea to Sonic Youth to Los Crudos, as well as entire generations of hardcore fans in Boston and New York. The band was also as original and extreme as any early-'80s punk outfit -- the rhythmic crush created by Moore and the McCulloch brothers continues to be an undeniable steel-toe to the face. Touch and Go compiled the band's discography as Total Recall in 1992, an essential listen for anyone who wants to understand hardcore. ~ Matthew Kantor
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Track List: Total Recall

1. Lost Cause

2. Can't Tell No One

3. Sick Of Talk

4. Pressure

5. Why Be Something That You're Not

6. Nothing

7. Fair Warning

8. Ready To Fight

9. Lead Song

10. Whatever I Do

11. Negative Approach

12. Tied Down

13. Hypocrite

14. Evacuate

15. Said And Done

16. Nothing

17. Your MIstake

18. Live Your Life

19. Friend Or Foe

20. Dead Stop

21. I'll Survive

22. Can't Tell No One

23. What Ever I Do

24. Ready To Fight

25. Chaos

26. Pressure/Fair Warning

27. Lost Cause

28. Genocide/Nothing

29. Never Surrender

30. D.A.B.F.

31. Said And Done

32. Sick Of Talk/N.A.

33. Your Mistake

34. Tied Down

35. I'll Survive

36. Kiss Me Kill Me

37. I Got A Right

38. Tunnel Vision

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gutteral clowns!
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Nothing ever f*ckin works out for me.

I'm always left with NOTHING!!
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Punx+Skins!
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Brannon's is still freakin sick!!!! Saw N.A. a few times in the old days !!!! Crazy thrash pits and skin heads fighting !!! Man, what great memories !!!
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dude how does pandora get a picture of u on here. wtf!!!
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if you dont get it, f**k you
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Hey. You suck it.
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i have a few unknown demos of negative approach from the early 80's that are great
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suck it
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bromide01
Laughing Hyenas were better.

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