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Thomas Bangalter – Outrun (1995)


I still think it’s funny that Thomas Bangalter’s name contains the key string ‘bang.’ ‘Banger’ has become a somewhat popular term to describe a song that hits super hard, i.e. has an aggressive beat and impactful / punchy sound, typically used in the context of electronic dance music. This track is a banger, produced by perhaps the reigning king of bangers. Bangers. Bang!

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The Zakary Thaks – Bad Girl (1966)

Proto-hardcore? Maybe proto-proto-hardcore, but the tempo and simple chord shredding / guitar breaks are all there.

Bonus: Obscure mid-80s hardcore


Rad middle ground between Minor Threat and Dag Nasty, featuring none other than Dave Grohl on drums.

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Thank you Dave Bunting for sharing this one with me. Disregard the ‘sexi EDM lady’ image, this track rules. It makes me want to pump iron in a gym where everyone (including myself) has a greasy 1987-style curly-hair mullet.

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D.R.I. – Hooked (1987)

The mystery of the origin/inspiration for “At Doom’s Gate,” also known as E1M1 of DooM (the 1993 first-person shooter), gets more encrunked. Didn’t expect DRI to get roped into this. One time I was listening to DRI’s “Dealing With It!” (1985) in my apartment alone, started moshing much like the DRI logo character, and kneed myself directly in the face. It caused a black eye. DRI is dangerous music and I should be euthanized for the good of society.

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Grauzone – Eisbaer (1980)

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Obstruction – Demo (2016)

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Headsplitters – Unjust Cycle (2017)

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Insect Warfare – Evolved into Obliteration (2007 / 2009)

For fans of the Gaussian Curve chillsynth track. Peak grind. I want the album cover on a shirt (consumerism and materialism give my life meaning and purpose.)

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Gaussian Curve – Impossible Island (2014)

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Pink Rhythm – Melodies Of Love (1985)