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SSD: The Kids Will Have Their SayThe Kids Will Have Their Say (1982)
X-Claim/Dischord

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SS Decontrol, SSD, Society System Decontrol, or whatever else you refer to them as, were a hardcore punk band from Boston formed around '81 that morphed into a shitty metal band around '84. Prior to their venture into metal, SSD played some of the best hardcore during their time. Released in '82 .


SS Decontrol, SSD, Society System Decontrol, or whatever else you refer to them as, were a hardcore punk band from Boston formed around '81 that morphed into a shitty metal band around '84. Prior to their venture into metal, SSD played some of the best hardcore during their time.

Released in '82 as a joint album on their own X-Claim and Ian MacKaye's Dischord Records, The Kids Will Have Their Say is a long out-of-print gem in hardcore punk. The album charges through 18 tracks in only 20 minutes, slowing down only for the slow dirges, "How Much Art?" and "Police Beat", both of which feature very heavy basslines. The opening track, "Boiling Point" introduces the quick and fierce music that continues on over the album. The second song, "Fight Them" is the only song prior to "How Much Art?" that is over a minute, and still maintains the same speedy hardcore played on the other songs.

Chris Foley's frantic drumming shines on the whole album, and as his furious hits of every drum piece mix with Springa's deep and burly vocals, they share a certain level of intensity, while Al Barile's and Jaime Sciarappa's competent but fast guitar work help drive through the rest of the album. As previously mentioned, most of the album is under-a-minute hardcore music, except for the album's two slow songs. "How Much Art?" is the only track over three minutes; it's very slow paced, and features Springa screaming throughout the whole song as the rest of the members trudge through, playing their instruments. "Police Beat" is the only other slower paced song, featuring searing lyrics and vocals and an intro bassline courtesy of Jaime.

The major downside of the album is the poor recording quality it suffers from, though Sam argues it gives the album character. Other than the poor recording quality, the album is a very intense look at what the hardcore punk scene started as. And even though the band ventured into metal territory and released sub-par albums, The Kids Will Have Their Say outshines those releases and proves that SSD were, at one point, one of the best bands.

Co-written with Sam Francois

 

 
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outbreak (March 3, 2011)

Do what you want, I'm not really going to pay heed if you do review it as I think they're both great and you're view is a little redundant as you complain about production.

Chesterfield_King (March 2, 2011)

I have this album readily available. Would you prefer I review Get It Away?

outbreak (March 2, 2011)

So why didn't you review get it away then?

Chesterfield_King (March 1, 2011)

Compared to Get It Away, this album isn't nearly as good.

publichousing (March 1, 2011)

Awesome album.

hobbzoid (March 1, 2011)

kinda lame that classic albums get 3 star reviews and "recording quality" gripes.

outbreak (March 1, 2011)

I don't see how there is anything poor about the sound quality.

slowstupidhungry (March 1, 2011)

To me, "Get It Away" blows this out of the water. The improved tightness makes the end result more effective. As for the metal years, "How We Rock" sounds more like hardcore than most shit from the 90's that people now refer to as "old school hardcore." It has some stuff on it that I think is great, too.

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