Reagan Youth
A Collection of Pop Classics


4.0
excellent

Review

by BlastFunk03 USER (8 Reviews)
October 25th, 2006 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Reagan Youth's collective library, showcasing both hardcore punk and heavy metal.

Reagan Youth were a definitive part of New York’s hardcore scene. They had frequent gigs at CBGBs, gaining much notoriety for their brand of music. In a ten year run, the band only released one official album that was divided into two volumes, and later combined into “A Collection of Pop Classics“. However, They were also plagued with tragedy. Vocalist Dave Rubenstein became heavily involved with drugs after the bands departure, and was nearly beaten to death in a deal gone wrong. Soon after, his mother died in a car accident and his girlfriend, who worked as a prostitute was murdered by infamous serial killer Joel Rifkin. In 1993 Dave committed suicide.

There isn’t much to the genre of classic hardcore punk. Either you like raw, aggressive, fast music or you don’t. While many bands at that time had a fresh off the conveyer belt sound, people noticed RY more because of their “peace punk” persona and the more complex guitar work heard in their songs. Judging the band by it’s title would suggest that they’re a highly political group who preach hate towards the system and disregard musical capability and song craftsmanship. RY shatter the mold with really memorable songs that are powerful and moving, without being poppy and light. Not one song seems mapped out, they flow like it was just another unbridled jam session.

You might’ve heard Degenerated covered at the end of the movie "Airheads" (It’s the song the Lone Rangers perform while in prison). It’s a pretty powerful song that captures the ignorant rebelliousness of youth. Get The Ruler Out packs some blistering axe power and an anthemic chorus.

Jesus Was A Communist has this guitar riff that just sounds like its growing and its freed with soloing in between one repeated chorus that express’s the point in few words. Urban savages comes in with every drum and a rolling rhythm that launches it into a standard fast tempo. The percussion really shines hear, along with nothing but lead guitar just f’ucking with every conceivable chord progression.

Go Nowhere starts with them talking like drunk rednecks then leads to just drums and a very simple riff. Brave New World is less punk, more rock n’roll. The bass is turned up playing an almost tribal rhythm that sets up the emotional vocals and atmospheric ring outs on the guitar.

USA is the fastest and loudest song on the album, with punchier distortion and unpolished vocals that are delivered as a yell. Acid Rain uses more effects, both with the singing and the guitar.

The first half of ACOPC burns through one two minute punk song after another. Just when you’ve had your fill of Reagan Youth, the album changes to some slow bluesy metal ballads.

What Will The Neighbors Think is satire regarding suburban life and white collar scandal. The verses slowly trudge along and detonate with the masterful chorus.
Back to the Garden is a weird track with no vocals that starts with birds chirping and includes backwards guitar track with a forward one over it. Eventually it reverts to a instrumental of melting metal .

Queen Babylon is as epic as it’s name. It’s untouchable melody is the most powerful on the album. The way the vocals are drawn out at the end of every line and the second half of the song is just an instrumental journey into the talented minds of Reagan Youth. In the same vein, One Holy Bible has a large scale sound and a strong impact.

If I could have a twenty five second audio sample play out of my face every time I entered a room it would be the intro to Heavy Metal Shuffle. The mean distortion of the rhythm guitar is like a vicious pit-bull protecting it’s lead guitar show dog side kick. It’s a Beautiful Day starts with soft relaxing music and lyrics about a peaceful barbecue, but once those first bombs start droppin’, it becomes angry, full throttle punk rock rage.

The slower and more progressive songs hint at how Reagan Youth could’ve evolved into such an amazing band. They were of the greatest political minded groups of the time, but they also possessed a great deal of untapped talent and creativity. “A Collection of Pop Classics” shows both sides of a great band.



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smokersdieyounger
October 25th 2006


672 Comments


Good, if a little short review.

It's not so good that you just write down what happens throughout the record.

Good intro, I didn't know this band was so troubled.

I've wanted to get this, but its hard to find in the UK, will import one day.

Zmev
October 25th 2006


983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

JESUS WAS A COMMUNIST

JESUS WAS A PACIFIST

whiteminority
October 25th 2006


74 Comments


Reagan Youth, fuck yeah.

IgniteYourAvail
October 26th 2006


41 Comments


[quote=Zmev]JESUS WAS A COMMUNIST



JESUS WAS A PACIFIST[/quote]You stole my comment. .

INSERT-NAME-HERE
October 26th 2006


1 Comments


Love this album, so heinous.

FrequencyBandit
July 11th 2007


13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the more underrated punk artists of the 80's.

Fort23
July 11th 2007


2475 Comments


to bad their singer died and now they're playing with some new guy. pretty lame cuz they were great...

711
July 11th 2007


1341 Comments


However, They were also plagued with tragedy. Vocalist Dave Rubenstein became heavily involved with drugs after the bands departure, and was nearly beaten to death in a deal gone wrong. Soon after, his mother died in a car accident and his girlfriend, who worked as a prostitute was murdered by infamous serial killer Joel Rifkin. In 1993 Dave committed suicide.



This sounds really good. I want.This Message Edited On 07.11.07

AnneFrank
February 9th 2009


271 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Classic NYHC album

5/5

iamrockzorz
April 28th 2009


1029 Comments


Jesus wasn't a pacifist. Band still kicks ass

Athom
Staff Reviewer
April 28th 2009


17222 Comments


love that song.

robin
Emeritus
April 3rd 2010


4249 Comments


seriously good listen, finally clicked with me.

Lenix
September 4th 2012


793 Comments


Funny how Reagan inspired a generation of punks. Punk would not be the same as it is today without that man.

Dunwich
January 29th 2013


491 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I remember blasting this for quite some time. Great band.

Cygnatti
May 14th 2013


21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dig the hell outta this shit.

itchybutthole
July 27th 2014


2491 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hard



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