Bad Brains and the Origins of the D.C. Hardcore Scene

Bad Brains perform at the Wetlands in New York City, 1990. Photo: Steve Eichner/WireImage

Bad Brains’ new album Into the Future came out this week — its title track appears below. They’ve had a turbulent existence, with a few breakups and a lot of lineup turnover. (Their best-known singer, H.R., is back for this one.) But they’ve also been playing together in one form or another for more than 35 years, and they were the key element of the early Washington, D.C. hardcore scene.

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