Cleveland Hardcore Oral History Part One


I am misquoted. Typical liberal media.
I was about 15/16 when Cleve-O 80's punk scene really took off. I don't remember a rivalry, I just remember mixing it up with local bands like DOS, Confront, False Hope, Infectious Waste (I knew people in most because either they came out of the same genre as I did or met them as a skate betty) at places like the Phantasy, seeing bands from Pittsburgh like Half Life, going to Detroit to see bands, and seeing bigger bands like DI, Exploited, TSOL, etc. at Peabody's. Coco's and the Roll & Bowl evolved into Peabody's and Impett, as we got older we saw a bigger picture. WCSB was a huge help along, with Wainstead at the wheel, Up All Night kept people connected before social media! I left Cleve to move to Denver for most of my adult life, but moving back here a couple years ago made me see how truly awesome the music scene was back then.
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FWIW, there were several Cleveland hardcore bands that sprung up between '81 and '84 that aren't mentioned here. Thus, I'd consider this article more of an oral history of Cleveland hardcore part 2 or even 3. Just sayin'.
Good stuff, but I agree that it does jump in a little late. Remember that Araca was already in bands like The Dark and Spike in Vein by 81 and of course the Guns, all of which straddled punk/noise/proto-hardcore lines. There were a whole lotta Shaker kids like Bob Griffin, Tommy Dark, the Merricks, and Hadley Connor who paved the way. Coventry, though, was the contact point for most east side kids. Araca was part of that scene which crossed any East/West rivalries. He turned me on to countless bands, probably starting in 83 when I got to SHS from Woodbury. I remember taping lots of radio shows on WCSB and WRUW between eigth or ninth grade, so 1982; I was just voracious for any and all new music with little regard for what was punk vs. hardcore vs alternative, but it was Araca that schooled me on what was good and bad (Dead Kennedys, who I was already into via college radio before I met him were bad musicians and sorta dicks [at least according to Araca], Bad Brains and Minor Threat = good, etc.). It would be good to reach out to Tommy Dark/Eakin, Hadley Connor, Scott Pickering, and Bob Griffin to give this some early perspective.
Regardless, I like the fact that you're trying to archive this. Kudos.
--David Earle