Lane’s Favourite “A” Bands

RORY: Let’s see – “Drummer with strong beat seeks band into the Accelerators, the Adolescents, the Adverts, Agent Orange, the Angelic Upstarts, the Agnostic Front, Ash . . .”

The Accelerators: Rock band from Raleigh, North Carolina, formed in 1982 by singer Gerald Duncan. They released three albums, and broke up in 1991, but Duncan recruited new musicians and brought out another album before retiring in 2000, then making a comeback in 2007 for a final fifth album. They had a bit of a following on college radio, and received some positive reviews.

The Adolescents: Punk rock band formed in Fullerton, California in 1980 by bassist Steve Soto. Part of the hardcore punk movement in southern California in the early 1980s, they were one of the main punk acts to come out of Orange County. They went through constant line-up changes, and released nine albums before Soto’s death in 2018, then another in 2020. Their self-titled debut album was one of the best-selling from the California hardcore scene, selling 10 000 copies.

The Adverts [pictured]: English punk band who formed in 1976 and broke up in 1979 after the accidental electrocution of their manager. They were one of the first punk bands to have chart success in the UK – their 1977 single “Gary Gilmore’s Eyes” reached #18 on the UK charts, and was considered one of the best punk singles of the 1970s. Bassist Gaye Advert (born Gaye Black) has been described as the first female punk star, which might be another reason Lane is drawn to them.

Agent Orange: Punk rock band formed in Placentia, California in 1979 – like The Adolescents, they were leading lights in the 1980s southern Californian hardcore punk scene, and were also founded by Steve Soto. They were one of the first bands to mix punk with surf rock, for a distinctively Californian punk sound. They brought out three studio albums, and are still going, despite the deaths of three of their bassists.

Angelic Upstarts: English punk rock band formed in 1977, described as one of the most politically-charged and thought provoking of the era. Their politics are anti-fascist and socialist working class, pioneers of the Oi! subgenre that unites punk and skinhead cultures. They have released twelve studio albums, with the most recent in 2016. Their debut single, “The Murder of Liddle Towers”, was included in Mojo‘s list of the best punk rock singles of all time.

Agnostic Front: Hardcore punk band formed in New York City in 1980 by lead guitarist Vincent “Vinnie Stigma” Cappuccio. They are considered an important influence on the New York hardcore scene, as well as pioneers of the crossover thrash genre that fuses thrash metal and hardcore punk. From the beginning, they have had a strong connection with skinheads, like the Angelic Upstarts. They’ve had twelve studio albums, most recently in 2019.

Ash, previously discussed. This is now the third time this band has been mentioned. It is a favourite of both Rory and Lane.

Just from the bands starting with A, we can see that Lane’s favourite bands tend to be hardcore punk and alternative/indie rock.

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