Bad Brains Frontman Has Bad Brain


Article contributed to Death Metal Underground by Paul Clayton.

As reported on by basically every publication ever since bourgeois liberals were forced to learn the name ‘Bad Brains‘ by the graceful ascent of nebulous DC Rastagandist hardcore act into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reject status, singer H.R. (Huge Rasta) is preparing to undergo brain surgery to correct SUNCT (Section-8 Unemployed Nation-of-Islam Crackrock Tension) on February 21. Huge Rasta has been using “holistic substances” to treat his bad brain. I asked my girlfriend what she thought, given that she listens to music that is thematically much more similar to Bad Brains (i.e. Minor Threat, Black Flag, MOI, TLC, Destiny’s Child, Kelis, Lady, et al) and she pointed out that the guy from Bad Brains has a bad brain. In addition to being a woman, she is wrong inasmuch as the soberly considered thematic direction of the album is that of facilitative Afropunk proto-nationalism. H.R. even managed to upset the singer of Cro-Mags by playing Louis Farrakhan tapes in the van.

Reggae is potentially the best Abrahamic faith as it openly endorses drug use in pursuit of closeness to the wisdom of JAH, posits a teleological attractor of a separatist return to the ethnostate, and as per the Stop Murder Music campaign, endorses the construction of music intended to purge dysgenic elements, even if it actually only amounts to stealing pot from the Big Boys or calling Gary Floyd a faggot. H.R.’s fried schizophrenic devotion to Rastafarianism paints a vivid picture of the reggae sentimentality; the partiality and antipathy of black class awareness, and how it is terminally constrained by its master-slave morality. The problem is that the music is bookended by getting stoned and going down to the beach. That said, there could well be a demographic reason why Protestants do better than Rastafarians.

He can’t work. He has no quality of life. If you call him and ask how he is, he will say, ‘Everything’s okay,’ because that’s just how he is. But everything is not okay.

I’m curious as to what job the preeminent pot-smoking rasta was working during his 3 years living in an unheated Baltimore warehouse. HR has dentures now, and that’s exactly the toothless picture of hardcore I want to leave you with, but not without the reminder that Bad Brains was technically the least liberal band in mainstream hardcore.

50 thoughts on “Bad Brains Frontman Has Bad Brain”

  1. oh look more pointless ad hominems from some pseudointellectual whitebread retard toward one of the most potent acts in the genre.. and probably the one closest to the erratic (anti)social views expressed on this site.. i’m surprised this article doesn’t contain uncouth usage of the N word as it calls a pioneering texan hardcore singer a “faggot”.

    all you guys ever seem to do is rip on the underground.. it’s pretty tiring. even in articles where you aren’t condemning entirely you guys can’t stop being mean-spirited. you guys aren’t even really reporting the news at this point. what’s with all the off-color racist welfare jokes? do you guys need a hug or something? metal isn’t all about being dark and upset all the time.. and it certainly isn’t about being a bigot…… can’t believe i have to explain this to you people..

    1. some guy says:

      metal isn’t all about being dark and upset all the time.. and it certainly isn’t about being a bigot

      metal also isn’t about hiding your true feelings towards something so you aren’t branded a malcontent outcast. and it certainly isn’t about liking everyone equally so nobody’s feelings get hurt.

      i still want that hug tho.

    2. Roger`s sandy vagina says:

      Black Fag is my favorite hardgay band.

      1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

        Black Fag is quite good. But my favorite is Gayrilla Biscuits.

        1. Varg Overreacts to Big Cat Cock says:

          Mines is called “Gay Palmdeath”.

          1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

            Also a good band name. Try looking up Youth of ToGay, as well.

    3. whistlin' dixie says:

      “Metal isn’t all about being upset all the time.”

    4. GGALLIN1776 says:

      You say “faggot” but won’t say “nigger”? Ah the sackless generation shows it’s cunt like head. Do me a favor & jam a tampon in your mouth cunt head.

  2. Cornrose says:

    Don’t be dumb

  3. Syphilis says:

    Is this a jab at leftist thought patterns, or is there more than one brain damaged individual here?

  4. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

    I thought this was an arcticle that had some purpose or direction. Also, I assumed that it might have more to do with the person in question than just some whiny misplaced attempts at “shocking” humor. Honestly, your racism is even rudimentary. And your complete ignorance of the subject is painfully obvious with statements like this: “Reggae is potentially the best Abrahamic faith….”

    1. Reggae is accurately a Dance first and foremost, and secondly it is a Musical style based on the Rocksteady beat.

    2. Rastafari is what you’re referring to. Though a common theme in Roots Reggae and later styles, it is NOT synonymous with the word “Reggae.” Further more, up until Roots Reggae, Rastafari was not a typical musical theme, as Rastas kept their hair long and and were rejected by mainsteam society.

    Hell, by that logic, Rastas are more Edgy, Rebellious, and Proactive than any bitchy, racist, blogging, nerd with an armchair opinion will ever be.

    1. Paul Clayton says:

      Let me answer your question with another question; what do you think of the parts of the article that aren’t jokes?

      Jokes are, as a device, fundamentally not as good as they could be, much like movies or video games as temporarily embarrassed books. I am hearing you say resoundingly: “if your reflection were drier and more content-dense, I would be enjoying myself much more today”, and I subsequently want to offer you my sincere apologies.

      What I actually meant was this:

      “Rastafari is potentially the best Abrahamic faith as it openly endorses drug use in pursuit of closeness to the wisdom of JAH, posits a teleological attractor of a separatist return to the ethnostate, and as per the Stop Murder Music campaign, endorses the construction of music intended to purge dysgenic elements, even if it actually only amounts to stealing pot from the Big Boys or calling Gary Floyd a faggot.”

      Rastas are definitely more edgy than me, as I prefer to insult gay men by wearing a rubber.

      1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

        I didn’t ask a single question in that comment. It was all statements. Do you see any question marks in there? That was a question. Familiarize yourself with them.

        But to answer your question with a question: are you implying that there even is any content to this article other than simplistic bigotry passed off as “jokes?”

        And thank you for copying and pasting the whole paragraph, changing only the word in question. That didn’t add a damned thing to your content. And clearly I knew that you intended to say Rastafari, or I wouldn’t have pointed that out in the first place. You haven’t added to your point here.

        And once again, your final statement holds the comedic prowess of a 10 year old with severe mental disabilities. Golf clap for that one.

        Try answering this one. How is it that I am a person with Autism and yet you’re the one communicating like you’re Retarded?

        1. LostInTheANUS says:

          There’s nothing wrong with having the ’tism.

          1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

            I agree. But considering Autistics are typically thought of as having something wrong with us, and also the content of the article making fun of mental illness, I figured I ought to point out that this “writer” has the communication skills of of a drooling pants-shitter.

        2. Paul Clayton says:

          I see an implicit question to God by way of yourself, and question of yourself by way of God ‘why did you fucking have to make me this way?’ but only a loving mother can answer that, and you aren’t having mine or Trey’s.

          Like most pieces on this site, this discusses the work in context, the work being H.R.’s status as a frontman. I explored multiple angles and even partially analysed black music in a musicological sense, sort of like Weird Al except more people assume I’m Jewish.

          I did concoct an analysis of how far the dynamic of politicized-but-not-quite-partisan black music has gone, and what it has accomplished, and barriers to their potential emancipation. Perhaps you will be able to pick up on it if you read the article in full. It’s an interesting topic worth considering. Contemporaries of the Bad Brains think music has to have utility to be worthwhile, which is at odds with not only the message of this site but to even the central tenet of reggae; dedication to God as a distinct entity whose wisdom transcends our own, and whose scriptures should not be interpreted flippantly. This sincere dedication to appeasing the divine before the corrupt Babylon in ourselves is aptly expressed in early materials like:

          “I Luv I Jah” – a call for blacks to band together and not judge eachother’s clothes
          “Rally Round Jah Throne” – a call for blacks to band together around a chair
          “FVK” – a call for blacks to band together and leave white people
          “Leavin Babylon” – a call for blacks to band together and leave white people
          “The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth” – a call for poor black people to band together and assume the role of the unassuming Christian from antiquity

          Anyway, I don’t think people with autism are all retarded, actually some of the ones who can’t talk are very nice.

      2. cornrose says:

        Thank u

        1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

          No worry. Someone’s got to say it.

      3. Mightypeniz says:

        “I prefer to insult gay men by wearing a rubber”

        Top shelf comedy

      4. Morbideathscream says:

        Notice how it’s OK for rastas or muslims to bash gays and can’t dare question their beliefs because that would be racist. Seems only whites are forbidden to be homophobes. Gotta love the neurotic sjw mind.

        1. Robert says:

          Actually, the Brains received a lot of grief for those comments. It still haunts them today. If I mention Bad Brains to punk rockers from the old school, they get all squirmy and don’t even acknowledge them as a great band. Terrible. They were probably one of the best, up there with Black Flag, DRI, Cro-Mags and Minor Threat.

        2. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

          Did anyone directly express that homophobia is acceptable? I don’t see anyone here stating that at all. Find it, then get back to me.

          1. Robert says:

            No, someone stated that only whites get reprimanded for bashing gays but the Brains were bashed(Ha!) for calling out homos way before you would be crucified publically for doing such a thing. Nowadays, you can’t even say anything against gays….especially if you’re white. The Bad Brains are clearly not white and were lambasted back then.

            I don’t think you read my comment correctly. Try again.

            1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

              you are correct. and I had meant to post that in reply to the same comment that you commented on. Sorry. I fucked up and pressed the wrong “reply” button.

    2. nigstomper88 says:

      your white guilt is showing

      1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

        You’re the one who should be feeling guilty for being so ignorant of your own heritage and world history as to refer to yourself as “white.” that’s embarrassing. oh, but good luck in your “aryan” prison gang, Cuck.

        1. canadaspaceman says:

          You obviously are a liar / disnfo agent.
          The ONLY way for anybody to survive any jail / prison is by sticking with their own kind
          … unless you chose Protective Custody I guess.
          I never been to PC, but will guess when locked up there it is either 23 hours a day in a cell or on a range full of rats, fags and pedophiles.
          Maybe that is why you like to despise “aryan prison gangs”, as many don’t put up with that shit you might be part of ?

    3. Morbideathscream says:

      Rastas and anything else black culture is far more accepted than being a metalhead or underground metal in general. Rednecks flying confederate flags on the back of their pickups is more rebellious than Rastafarian bullshit.

      1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

        Being a metalhead is beyond accepted, it’s old fucking news. No one is out there persecuting you or stopping you from living your life because you grow your hair long and wear a band shirt. If you believe otherwise, then you’re fucking delusional. Maybe back in the 70’s and 80’s you might have had a point, but in the here and now, you’re just trying to play the victim.

        Any hillbilly flying a confederate flag and thinking he’s being rebellious is also a fucking joke. that rebellion was completely quashed, over a hundred years ago. If you truly believe that the stars & bars is edgy, I feel sorry for you. Adhering to age-old misguided political stances and alliances isn’t rebellious in the least. It’s choosing to follow a well beaten path. And the one in question is a well beaten path of bigotry and xenophobia, which has been the prevailing systemic theme since the beginning of the United States, The United Kingdom, and most of the Western Colonial World. So you explain to me, in great detail, how following the majority of societal opinions is rebellious. Otherwise, kindly shut the fuck up with your victimizing. it’s absurd.

        Also, i highly doubt you have any clue to the history of Rastafari, at all. So until you familiarize yourself with the roots of that, you really have no idea what you’re on about. That much is painfully clear.

        Further more, no one is making excuses for any homophobia. It exists. It’s just as prevalent in western culture as it is anywhere else in the world.

        1. Paul Clayton says:

          “Adhering to age-old misguided political stances and alliances isn’t rebellious in the least.”

          But I assure you, we were once royalty.

          You, conversely, are a peasant and a gutter intellect if you would contend that perceived entitlement through a historically revisionist lens informs one type of reactionary pan-nationalism and not the other.

          Let’s not pretend that one side’s euphemistic antipathy is innately better due to having been beaten in the past, because that’s an argument that yields a solid victory for white supremacists moreso than Lincoln, Sherman and the Republicans, the cast of Zulu, or whomsoever you think is the pure alternative to the hot nebulous melange of ostensibly thoughtless discrimination.

          “So you explain to me, in great detail, how following the majority of societal opinions is rebellious.”

          The idea that the goals of white supremacists today resemble that of say, the Victorian Aboriginal Protection Act of 1869, is laughable. Hahaha ha ha hahahahah ha idiot. Colonial history historically disenfranchised local populations for their own benefit, leaving in the wake of forced adoptions educated and skilled persons who would soon serve as pillars of their nascent community. The difference between the two groups (excluding from the interceding time and generations) is that people don’t care about helping anymore, because there’s no holy spirit, no Tennessee Ernie Ford to exhort them to do the right thing.

          As for rebellion, I think it is possibly less rebellious to have a working class job than to be on disability, but it really depends on how many parking lots you’ve been arrested in, and for what reason you might consider stealing nappies. But yeah, this now has nothing to do with Bad Brains.

          Ah well. Always nice to chat! ;-{D

          1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

            Firstly, you’re replying to something said to someone else.

            secondly, you’re off on another tangent to prove some point that I never cared about to begin with. I never claimed to be standing for whatever it is that you’re concluding must be “the other side.” I simply disagree with something said. I refuse to be a part of either political side. All existing political groupings are bullshit, so fuck the lot of them. also, fuck Nationalism in any and all of it’s forms. fuck this government, fuck that government, and fuck any other currently existing government. You can not change a broken system by abiding by the rules of that broken system. Especially when the system doesn’t play by it’s own rules.

        2. canadaspaceman says:

          TO
          Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:
          you are nuts if you are ignoring how whites across the USA are targeted and beaten and killed.
          A dixie/rebel flag to a nignog is the same as a swastika to a kike.
          this shit is preading across the globe… and actually it is good. a
          ie. Rudyard Kipling’s “The Wrath Of The Awakened Saxon”
          so,
          Do my “racist” words hurt your feelings? Then get the other species to also stop their “slur” words against whites.
          MOST white people were never responsible or profited from slavery, so fuck them and fuck everybody that blames us. My ancestors were serfs and we rose above it eventually, and WITHOUT gawdam commies.

  5. Claudia Roth says:

    The first Bad Brains album was great, musically. Always thought HR sounded too much like a cartoon character tough. I’d like somebody knowledgable on the subject to give an expert opininion on what he actually did to fuck up his brain like that (medically). Their recent live videos where they placed him on stage are hilarious, he looks like a botched pacifying drug/brainwash experiment.

    1. Robert says:

      A combination of weed, acid and mushrooms. His brain is fucked from decades of drug abuse.

      1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

        Stop fear mongering and start actually reading about each one of those substances in great detail. not a damned one of them, or combination of them, is going to cause the problems that he has.

        here’s a couple resources to get you started.

        http://www.erowid.org

        http://www.reddit.com/r/lsd

        http://www.reddit.com/r/shrooms

        http://www.reddit.com/r/trees

        1. Abominable Goatpenis says:

          There`s no hope for this one. Only sodomy awaits!

        2. Robert says:

          I’m not one to give opinions regularly..but I must say, you are retarded.

          1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

            Really? Because you stated blatant and easily disproven misinformation about 3 separate substances that you clearly know fuck all about? And then I go ahead and give you direct links to resources where you might learn some real information and I’m called a Retard. Haha, alright. you keep on believing that while refusing to expand your knowledge on the subject. I’m sure your not reading a damned thing Vs. my nearing 10 years of very obsessive Entheogenic research is comparable. I’m quite confident in my knowledge. Confident enough to easily spot the words of someone who doesn’t know dick about the subject at hand. Again, Stop fear mongering and do some reading.

            1. Robert says:

              Okay. Let me correct what I stated originally. HR possibly was mentally ill prior to the excessive drug use and those drugs used might have heightened his mental instability. It’s not the drugs that made him insane, the drugs enhanced his insanity.

        3. Paul Clayton says:

          I want you to know that I read this post first, and that I have replied to you out of my sincere respect for the work you are doing here today.

          1. Been listening to Metal longer than this kid. says:

            This is the only post out of any of this jumbled shit that has any substance in the first place.

  6. Anyone could have told us the dude was fucked mentally since the 90s. Regardless, the early Bad Brains kick ass and I’m not just saying that to suck a nigger dick. Someone should write an article on Devo about the nihilistic message they had and the parallels to this site’s philosophy. The music was pretty interesting as well once you decipher the truth from out of the goofiness.

    Interview:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KufwjA6E1ys

    Live:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RIdYKV0PajI

  7. Anthony says:

    Punk is for Marxists. OY VEYYYYYY

    1. Paul Clayton says:

      My chiropractor said he wants to fight you.

  8. Crusading deplorable assholes at DMU themselves are a malignant hive-mind of rotten anti-social types, HR will live on past his demise…

    1. LostInTheANUS says:

      There’s nothing wrong with being antisocial.

    2. Paul Clayton says:

      The ROIR tape is one of my favourites, but my interest in the band continues past the music and toward the humans who wrote it. You maybe surprised to learn that they infact bear little resemblance to gods, even if all the black people are tall and intimidating to you.

  9. HH says:

    Hardcore is irrelevant. Bad Brains are irrelevant.

    1. TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE says:

      LOL

  10. canadaspaceman says:

    Bad Brains had maybe 5 or 6 cool songs, but they sounded like white guys, so they get a pass on those songs…

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