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Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Underappreciated Band Alert: Dag Nasty
One might ask how a legendary band like Dag Nasty could be
underappreciated. Here’s the band that
created melodic hardcore (along with Bad Religion), thus influencing slews of
bands over the past three decades, so how can they be underrated or
underappreciated? Because they have
never gotten the recognition that bands like Minor Threat, the aforementioned
Bad Religion, and even NOFX have received.
You can ask any random fan of punk rock and nearly all of them will know
who Minor Threat, Bad Religion, and NOFX are, but many don’t know Dag Nasty (I
base this on my experience talking to various punk rockers, young and old, over
Dag Nasty was formed in 1985 by former Minor Threat bassist/guitarist
Brian Baker, drummer Colin Sears, bassist Roger Marbury, and vocalist Shawn
Brown. Brown left the band after
recording many of the songs that would be re-recorded for the band’s debut Can I Say. He was replaced by ex-DYS singer Dave Smalley. Smalley recorded with the band for their
debut record, but left Dag Nasty to attend graduate school in Israel. This left the band in a bind because they
were scheduled for a tour that summer opening up for the Descendents. Peter Cortner replaced Smalley and the band
hit the road before breaking up after recording some newer songs for a 7 inch
single. A few months later the band got
back together with Doug Carrion, formerly of the Descendents, taking over on
bass and recorded their sophomore full-length Wig Out at Denko’s. The band
recorded one more record, Field Day, before
calling it a day. Twice since then the
Can I Say lineup has reunited and recorded two albums—1992’s Four on the Floor and 2002’s Minority
of One—while the songs recorded with Brown were released in 2010 as Dag with Shawn. The original
lineup will reunite for a performance at the Black Cat in Washington, D.C.
on December 28, 2012 to commemorate Salad
Days, a documentary about the 1980s D.C. hardcore scene. Needless to say, I’d love to be at that show!