That moment in time when four very different freaks got together to make music was historic. The recordings made in that session were simply the blue print for all hardcore that followed and set the stage for the definitive hardcore album of all time, "The Age of Quarrel." This CD, now poignantly titled "Before the Quarrel" captured the raw fire that circumstances had created by bringing this unlikely group together. These recordings are revered as the pinnacle moment of the Cro-Mags and the favorite recordings of Cro-Mags fans.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW w/ Harley Flanagan
"Try to be calm, don’t turn on each other; we will make it through this."
- Harley Flanagan
1. We Gotta Know
2. Down But Not Out
3. World Peace
4. Show You No Mercy
5. No One’s Victim
6. Steal My Crown
7. These Streets
8. Street Justice
9. Death Camps
10. Don’t Talk About It
11. Hard Times
12. Apocalypse Now
UnHinged Exclusive Interview
Let’s talk about the Quarantine show…. How does playing for a live stream differ from playing for a crowd?
Well it's really just a matter of getting into your head that you are actually playing to people. I always have fun when I play even at rehearsal so it was just a matter of addressing the crowd even though you can't see them. And as it turned out it was the biggest crowd I've ever played for. Of course it's not the same, but still, under the circumstances it felt like the right thing to do and as it turned out by the response, it was.
What’s your favorite song to perform live?
I don't have one. There are certain songs I like to play more than others but it really all feeds off what the crowd is digging on, and in a situation like the Quarantine Show, where there was no crowd it's just feeding off the vibe of the other players and what they are bringing to it- vibe-wise. I like the big heavy parts and some of the ripping fast parts. I enjoy watching my drummer play, we have fun, same with the other guys. It's just fun to play music and when you have a good group of people you like to play with its that much more fun.
Talk about how you became involved in “Between Wars” and what that has been like?
Long story short, the director and my wife are working on several projects together, one is my book and turning that into a film; so one thing led to another, the actor who was originally supposed to play my part wasn't able to do it so the director suggested that I do it. He thought I'd be perfect for the part. I like taking on new challenges; it seemed like it would fun and it was a great opportunity to get my feet wet in acting and to work alongside and learn from seasoned actors like Michael Imperioli and my longtime friend Dominic Chianese Jr. It was a blast and I hope to do more.
Can you tell us about Carlos “Lamont” Cooper and how/why you guys met?
He plays in the subway and I see him almost everyday on my way to and from work. I had a song written and one day it hit me that his cello was the perfect sound to add to it, and well, that was that. I asked him and we made it happen. He is a street musician, plays in the subway, as it turns out he was a member of the Bloods when he was young and did many years in prison, was shot several times; he hasn't had what you would call an easy life, but he's been doing what he can to turn it around and to support his family by playing his cello. We became friends and I was happy to be able to bring him into the recording studio and I look forward to working with him again.
Who would you love to collaborate with in the future?
So many people, we shall just see what happens. I was lucky to Jam with Mike Patton and Mr Bungle recently; that was a lot of fun.
How do you feel the internet has impacted the music world?
So much, even just by how much more is available. I sit and discover new artists and players all night long, it has never been so easy to discover so much.
How did you get involved in Jiu-Jitsu?
I started training with Master Renzo Gracie in 96 after falling in love with MMA, and I still train and teach and work at his academy in NYC. He has been one of the greatest teachers in my life, by his example; not just as a fighter but as a person.
What’s the best advice that you’ve ever been given?
Well, there has been a lot of good advice but most of it has applied to specific situations. I will say this, Jiu-Jitsu has taught me more about myself, about life and dealing with obstacles and overcoming them. I think it has been a huge part of my evolution as a person. But if I was to give any advice, I would say try to surround yourself with good people, try to always do your best, do what you know is the right thing to do and carry yourself in a way that you can always hold your head up. Learn from your mistakes, we all make them, and be willing to listen and learn. In jiu-Jitsu we have a saying, you dont lose in Jiu-Jitsu you win or you learn. If we can apply that sentiment to life and not take things so personal there will always be progress.
Stay safe everyone out there, these are crazy times we are living, but it's not the first time in history that the human race has had to deal with them. Stay safe and show each other respect, we are all in this together.