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State Of Alert

In 1979, at age 18, Henry Garfield began his musical career as the lead singer of D.C. hardcore band State of Alert (S.O.A). Garfield, guitarist Michael Hampton, bassist Wendel Blow, and drummer Simon Jacobsen played their first show in a living room and debuted with the fast and furious No Policy EP in 1981. The album was only the second release on Dischord, run by Garfield's best friend, Ian MacKaye. Garfield changed his name to Henry Rollins, and jumped onstage during a Black Flag show in D.C. After the band invited Rollins to try out and then asked him to sing, he joined Black Flag, and S.O.A. broke up. Hampton went onto join the Faith with Alec MacKaye of the Untouchables. ~ Ron DePasquale
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20 Years Of Dischord

Disc 1

1. Get Up And Go

2. Nic Fit

4. Screaming At A Wall

5. Dehumanized

8. Fight / American Justice

9. Live For Now

10. Pressure's On

11. Stolen Youth

12. Wasteland

13. Subject To Change

15. Missing Rungs

16. Oscar's Eye

17. Drink Deep

18. Just Things

20. Circles

22. Punch The Geek

23. We All Fall Down

24. This Time

26. Rebuilding

28. Red House

29. Twist And Shout

Disc 2

1. Blueprint

2. Friend To Friend In Endtime

3. Destructor

4. Spectra Sonic Sound

5. Perfect Sleeper

6. Motorist

7. People Are Wrong

8. Summer

9. I'll Take You Down

10. Pop Man

11. Mr. Weekend

12. What Kind Of Monster Are You?

13. Cable

14. Goodbye, Dr. Fate

15. A Good Day

16. Piss Alley

17. Poked It With A Stick

18. They Live By Night

19. Castanet

20. Cut Self Not

21. Hooray For Humans

Disc 3

1. Get Up And Go

2. Deadhead

3. Stepping Stone

5. Straight Edge (Live)

6. Understand

7. Snubbing

8. A**hole

9. A**hole Dub

11. Rozzlyn Rangers

12. Black, Jewish And Poor

13. Authority (Takes 1 And 2)

14. Search For Employment

15. No Revolution

16. No Choice

17. Manipulator

18. All Ages Show

19. The Word

20. Burning (Live)

21. Drop Dead Don't Blink

22. We Are The One

23. Are You Human?

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Track List: Dischord 1981: The Year In Seven Inches

1. Teen Idles

2. Sneakers

3. Get Up And Go

4. Deadhead

5. Fleeting Fury

6. Fiorucci Nightmare

7. Getting In My Way

8. Too Young To Rock

19. Filler

20. I Don't Wanna Hear It

21. Seeing Red

22. Straight Edge

23. Small Man, Big Mouth

24. Screaming At A Wall

25. Bottled Violence

26. Minor Threat

27. Religious Ripoff

28. Fashionite

30. Anarchy Is Dead

31. Sheer Terror

32. A**hole

33. Bored To Death

34. No Rights

35. I'm James Dean

36. Cowboy Fashion

37. In My Eyes

38. Out Of Step

39. Guilty Of Being White

40. Steppin' Stone

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Track List: Flex Your Head

1. I Drink Milk

2. Commie Song

3. No Fun

10. Stand Up

11. 12XU

12. Hey, Ronnie

13. Lie, Cheat, & Steal

17. Jimi 45

18. Pressure's On

19. 6 O'clock News

20. Assassin

21. Dehumanized

22. Authority

23. My Rules

24. Wargames

25. New Breed

26. Live For Now

27. Artificial Peace

28. Outside Looking In

29. Wasteland

30. Stolen Youth

31. Hear The Cry

32. Aftermath

Comments

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met Henry once and he was a total dick ! Hated him ever since !!
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I don't care what anyone says... Henry's f**king awesome! And State of Alert was by far his best. Although I do like Black Flag, state of alert is just so hard.
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LOVE S.O.A. !!!!........ . . H A T E HENRY !!
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Punk elitists gotta expand a little more. ALL Black Flag kicked a**, the later stuff just takes some time to grow on you. It's ok for music to change and be different. But maybe then again I'm only giving my own opinion on the matter.
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Rollins turned it into speed metal. They were no longer punk. I was there and it sucked.
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sycboib
SOA is FUKiiin SYC !!! but Henry def ruined BLACK FLAG !!!

He did re-record original BLACK FLAG songs and DAMAGED is one of the BEST PUNK ROCK ALBUMS EVER !!! But he only re-recorded the songs... listen to the following music... WEAK !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Greg Ginn is and was the DRIVING FORCE behind BLACK FLAG... his guitar made u go FUKiiiN CWAZEEE... i wanna grab a can o spray paint now and hit the street on my skateboard !!! o the good ole punk rock days - LONG BEFORE hot topic was a
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lildseabrook
like there style
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you are all out of your minds...he was what made black flag.
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jsjensen8
black flag was at its best with MORRIS..
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HIS NAME ISN'T EVEN REALLY ROLLINS HE'S A FOOL
LOL HIS NAME IS HENRY GARFIELD ACTUALLY AND S.O.A. WAS HIS BEST BAND.. HE RUINED BLACK FLAG... BLACK FLAG WAS BETTER WITH RON REYES
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Oh man, S.O.A. is so tough. I just love that sound. Dark, aggressive, hardcore/pun k . I wonder how they would have progressed as a band if Henry didnt join Black Flag.
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This is what allowed him to become the Henry Rollins we all appreciate in Black Flag.
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bromide01
Oh. He should have kept doing this stuff instead of his other stuff.
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its his first band. before black flag
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bromide01
Is this Henry Rollins' new band?

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