In celebration of xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties’ impending release this Friday (November 10), the complementary 19-song compilation is streaming in full in advance of its street date today via Loudwire. Entitled Still Having Their Say, the expansive comp features reinterpretations of hardcore hallmarks by the likes of H2O, Jesse Leach (Killswitch Engage), Nomads, American Nightmare and more.
The epic 288-page book which accompanies the compilation, xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties, recounts a critical epoch of the punk movement and chronicles the Boston zine’s zenith. This anthology is far more than a trip down memory lane, though—it offers a comprehensive glimpse into the lasting impact of the hardcore movement. In addition to reproducing (and restoring) countless interviews and pages from the zine, xXx chronicles punk’s evolution throughout the riling and raucous ‘80s.
Though he focused his efforts in his home of Boston, xXx’s main writer and editor, Mike Gitter documented all facets of the then-burgeoning punk scene. Following bands like SS Decontrol and D.Y.S., Gitter chronicled the most seismic shifts occurring across the country. Over three decades since its inception, xXx Fanzine (1983-1988), Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties re-interviews countless bands and musical prime-movers including Ian MacKaye, Keith Morris and members of Agnostic Front, Bad Brains and Cro-Mags.
Gitter commented, "After nearly four years of working on this book, working hand in hand with Chris Wrenn from Bridge Nine, it’s a little unreal to have the 11” x 11”, nearly four-pound finished book in hand! Personally, it brings a lot of things full circle. It also tells a bigger story than just reprinting some pages from a second generation American hardcore zine. In those years I self-published xXx, we saw music in motion. Punks becoming players and songwriters. Sub genres like the metal-punk crossover, youth crew, the rise of indie rock all starting to happen. It was an inspiring time to step from the sidelines."
xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties is available for purchase via Bridge Nine now. Book release shows/parties are as follows:
xXx Fanzine Book Release Show
Thursday, November 9th — Somerville, MA @ ONCE Ballroom w/ The Proletariat, Kevin Seconds & more
xXx Fanzine Book Release Party
Friday, November 10th — Peabody, MA @ Bridge Nine HQ feat. DIY Panel including Mike Gitter & Tony Rettman and performance by Kevin Seconds
xXx Fanzine Still Having Their Say Compilation Track Listing:
2. Done Dying - Blending In (Government Issue)
3. Letlive - Fix Me (Black Flag)
4. Trial - Money (Embrace)
5. H2O - Safe (Dag Nasty)
7. Walter Schriefels - Society Suckers (Agnostic Front)
8. Tombs - Kiss Of Steel (Samhain)
9. Voivod - Man In The Trees (Die Kreuzen)
10. Aeges - Hungry Child (Corrosion Of Conformity)
11. Last Light - A Wish To Dream (Uniform Choice)
12. Fuck You Pay Me - Religious Wars (Subhumans)
14. Shai Hulud - Raw Power (Raw Power)
15. True Rivals - Coolidge (Descendents)
16. Fu Manchu - When The Shit Hits The Fan (Circle Jerks)
17. Gallows - The Possibility Of Life's Destruction (Discharge)
18. American Nightmare - It’s The Limit (Cro-Mags)
19. Riverboat Gamblers - Dicks Hate The Police (The Dicks)
xXx Fanzine (1983-1988) Hardcore & Punk in the Eighties features:
Minor Threat, Misfits, Necros, Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies, Husker Du, Jerry’s Kids, Black Flag, D.O.A., G.B.H, Void, Negative Approach, 7 Seconds, D.Y.S., Scream, Metallica, Corrosion of Conformity, Minutemen, The Exploited, Anthrax, Subhumans, Dead Kennedys, SSD, Henry Rollins, Descendents, Bad Brains, Youth of Today, Motorhead, Dag Nasty, Snapshot, Samhain, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, Bad Religion, Fugazi, and more…