"You put on the Ramones during [the late '70s] and you think, 'Man, that's fast.' My competitive nature says, 'You think that's fast?'" - Darryl Jenifer
Armed with the motivation to play faster than their heroes, and the technical ability to do so from their background in jazz fusion, Bad Brains began writing a batch of groundbreaking songs that took shape just a year or two after the punk boom of '77 but sounded lightyears ahead of their forebears. To them, it was just punk rock, but to the rest of the world, it was the dawn of a harder, faster, louder new punk subgenre: hardcore. Their early repertoire was laid to tape a few times during the late '70s and early '80s, but they didn't get around to finally releasing an album until 1982, after the band had been banned from several venues in their hometown of DC and moved to New York (as immortalized on "Banned In D.C."). The result is their self-titled debut album -- originally a cassette-only release on ROIR Records and known colloquially as "the ROIR cassette" -- which is available today as part of Bad Brains' extensive, ongoing reissue campaign on limited edition, clear with yellow, red, and green splatter vinyl in our store. In honor of the reissue, we're looking back on what is one of the most timeless, classic, and influential punk rock LPs of all time.