Okay, punks. Ready to stage dive? Let’s hit rewind on the time machine and head back to 1982 to see Washington, DC’s Bad Brains take to the stage at the legendary CBGB club in NYC.
Bad Brains are a weird and pleasant mic of reggae, funk, rock, and hardcore punk all mixed up together. Wikipedia says they started as a fusion jazz group, which makes a bit of sense. Bad Brains were musical in their madness.
They didn’t have it easy, though. Many DC clubs banned them around 1979. One might guess that the owners of the clubs were more worried about the customers than the band, judging by the CBGB crowd. Bad Brains did what any self-respecting punk band would do. They wrote a sing called Banned in DC and moved to New York.
Their first “album” came out roughly the time that this show was in progress, in 1982. It was a cassette.
I heard them first in college. They were described as a punk reggae band to me. I can't say I understood what I was hearing (it goes by fast and furious), but it was appealing and like nothing I had heard before.
You should probably have adult permission for this show. It isn't for the weak.
FYI, trivia fans: CBGB = country, bluegrass, blues