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.

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.

Blast – Damned Flame (1974)




This predates Discharge by 3 years, and that is undeniably a D-beat. Vocals are certainly more pea soup green / nauseating 70s color schemes / hippie “psychedelic-hard rock,” but those ripping drums / bass / guitar with Jacob Bannon barking over them would be indistinguishable from hardcore produced two or three decades later. Will be fascinating to see if anything else arises out of the mists of time as an even earlier example of a D-beat… prehistoric circle pits? Yabba-Gabba-Hey.