Crisis Of Conformity – Fist Fight! (“~1983”)

Could this be described as hyper-real hardcore punk? I.e., more real than the real thing? SNL had a skit recently where Fred Armisen gets his old band, “Crisis of Conformity,” back together at his daughter’s wedding. Even though the skit / band are fictional, the song they wrote for the skit is like 80s hardcore punk boiled down to its essential components — so it’s an artifact intended to sound like it was produced in the 1980s, but was written in the last few years. The skit is a simple recipe for slapstick wackiness, but the song itself holds merit. The only thing indicating this recording is recent is that the production value is far too clean for a typical shoestring budget early-80s punk 7″ EP. To really complete the effect, the drums would have to sound like cardboard boxes and the guitars would have to sound like chicken scratch stratocasters played through a transistor radio. Regardless, this song rips.

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