Friday, July 11, 2008
Atlanta Singles Week 28 - "That Was Then, This Is Now" Atlanta Hardcore Compilation
Here is the recording: That Was Then, This Is Now - Atlanta Hardcore Compilation
It was only a matter of time before I got to this record - somehow it was inevitable. I look at this as the possibly the seminal Atlanta DIY single of 1992 (along with Happy as a Bastard on Father's Day). Although maybe this came out in 1993, I'm not sure. These were four main bands of the Atlanta hardcore scene at the time - Act of Faith, Crisis Under Control, Spiney Norman and The Difference. I only really knew the guys in Spiney Norman at the time, and I remember convincing Spam that they had to use their ska song on the compilation, as it would set them apart and really bum out the people who bought the record wanting more standard hardcore. The song is actually awesome in the otherwise horrible cul-de-sac that is ska core. Also listening back to this 7" again, I forgot how tight and polished The Difference were. I have their demo tape in my stack, so I might have to transfer that one to CD just to give it another listen. Overall a good Atlanta single for the time, with the great cover art of the Metroplex after it burned down. I never went to any shows there myself, as I was a bit too young, but I might have been at the show on the back cover, which I believe was taken at the Wreck Room (right down the street from where the Metroplex stood). Anyhow, I'm glad I still have this record in my collection, and leave comments as I would be interested in knowing what your impressions are then and now regarding this release.