By Russ Rankin
For many who were first being introduced to punk and hardcore music in the 1980s, what grabbed and held their attention was the direct urgency of it. Times were different then. The world teetered on the brink of nuclear war, and there appeared to be no hope for reconciliation between the dominant superpowers. After its humiliating defeat in Vietnam, America was flexing it’s military muscle across the globe and, domestically, President Ronald Reagan was shaping an economic legacy which would leave millions struggling to survive, and from which the country is still recovering.