My friend and long time Burning Wood supporter Ken D sent this to me yesterday:
I thought about this for a little bit. I've already proclaimed my love for both Motorhead and the Pet Shop Boys. I have also mentioned many times over the years how I don't believe in guilty pleasures when it comes to music. I genuinely love the genius behind ABBA's pop tunes and the aggressive attack of Judas Priest. No guilt whatsoever.
So how would I answer Ken's question? Which act would be outside my usual lane? I don't love hip-hop, but I do own every Beastie Boys and Public Enemy record, as well as a few choice classics of the genre.
Then it hit me. The Cro-Mags!
Hardcore is a lot different to my ears than punk or metal, though many fans of the genres love all three. "The Age Of Quarrel" is a record I fell in love with upon its release and even if it had to do with circumstances---seeing them live a few times with my friend Tim, being younger and stupider---I still own and love this record. It's loud, hard and fast and always hits the spot. And as it so happened, one of the first "quarantine concerts" I watched was from Harley & The Mags.
Aside from the Bad Brains, who cross hardcore punk with reggae and dub and who I love to death, The Cro-Mags' "The Age Of Quarrel" is my outlier, the only other hardcore record in my collection.
How about you?