Valley View Music
Valley View Music

Childish Gambino – EP

By the time of Childish Gambino’s debut EP in 2011, pretty much all the elements that make him great are already there – great lyrics and word play; generally soft and emotive, feelsy rap, though sometimes high energy with more stereotypical boastful and clever lyrics… really, it sounds exactly like Camp.

Richard Hell & The Voidoids – Blank Generation

It’s nearly unimaginable someone would think they could do better than Television. The very fact that band leader Richard Meyers left the band he formed, an incredible band at that, is testament to his belief in his vision. Of course nothing is ever so simple. There was tension in the band, and he figured he could do things his own way, so he did.

Adolescents – Adolescents

It’s difficult to put into words what makes this album so great. In terms of verbiage, it doesn’t look so unique on paper – fast hi-hat and ride cymbal hits, dual-harmonized guitar harmonies, both trademarks of that OC hardcore sound; fast melodic hardcore music mostly consisting of distorted power chords with a vocal style somewhere between carrying a melody and yelling.

T.S.O.L. – Dance With Me

T.S.O.L.’s Dance With Me finds the band halfway between transitioning from their hardcore punk roots to full-on deathrock. It may come off as the band having a slight identity crisis – the band often oscillates between straight early-’80’s SoCal hardcore punk and being legit progenitors of the deathrock sub-genre, but it isn’t a half-hearted attempt.

Fear – The Record

Fear were the promise for a genre that never fully reached its potential: Fear can play their instruments; Lee Ving can actually sing; the lyrics are offensive. Even (or especially) by today’s standards; there’s a lot of variety; the recording sounds good. Fear proved you can make interesting music built around a framework of hardcore punk.