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Noteworthy Photography

  • Burning Flags Press
    The website of Glen E. Friedman. Renowned for both his work with musicians like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slayer (and many, many more) as well as his groundbreaking documentation of the burgeoning skateboard phenomenon in the late `70's, Glen has been privvy to (and has summarily captured on film) some of the coolest stuff ever. He's also an incredibly insightful and nice guy to boot.
  • SoHo Blues - Photography by Allan Tannenbaum
    Allan Tannenbaum is a local photographer who has been everywhere and shot everything, from members of Blondie hanging out at the Mudd Club through the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th. You could spend hours on this site, and I have.
  • Robert Otter Photographs
    Amazing vintage photographs of New York City, specifically my own neighborhood, Greenwich Village.
  • oboylephoto
    Just some intensely cool photographs of abandoned places.
  • Rikki Ercoli's Legends of Punk
    Much like Glen E. Friedman (see above), Rikki Ercoli has managed to catch some amazing bands in their manic element.
  • Lost & Found Film
    A fascinating website devoted to undeveloped film found in vintage camers. A curious mixture of interesting and spooky.
  • Pinhole Photography by Veronica Saddler
    NYC landmarks shot through a pinhole lens. Neat-o.
  • Eugene Merinov
    Compelling shots of Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave band performing live in various long-lost venues in a pre-sanitized New York City. Great stuff!
  • Edward Colver

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January 31, 2008



You just can't deny Bad Brains musical influence or copy cats on bands today. (Smashing Pumpkins sings just like them). I like this song and "Pass The Mic" rips this off, too. I think the Beasties and Bad Brains are close buds.

Alex in NYC

Well, I wouldn't say the Beasties "ripped them off." The Beastie Boys and the Bad Brains are great friends (MCA briefly started a band with Daryl Jennifer called Brooklyn, if memory serves). There is profound respect between the two camps.

I can't speak for the Smashing Pumpkins. Never my cup of tea. Mentioning them in tandem with the Bad Brains is like comparing Spam to Filet Mignon.


I should not have used the term, 'ripped-off'. They were paying homage to their friends. I meant 'ripped' more in the vein of 'sampling'.

Yes, Brooklyn was the band MCA formed between the albums...'License To Ill' and 'Paul's Boutique'. I never heard Brooklyn's tape but I heard it's quite good.

The Smashing Pumpkins, I don't really like either, I was just commenting on Billy Corgan's singing style that virtually copies that of Bad Brains. I was just pointing out that Bad Brains has influenced a generation of bands, loved or hated. Alot of those alt bands loved Bad Brains and copied them lovingly but I agree none can really replicate their sound, ever.


Man, I thought that New York Thrash was a figment of my aging imagination until I stumbled upon your post. I received of copy of that cassette when I was a freshman in high school for a dear friend (who ended up working for Alternative Tentacle later in her life). I had long since forgotten about it until my wife and I saw the Beastie Boys on some show and she commented on how "old" they looked. Pulling the dagger out of my heart (she is younger than me) I made a comment about New York Thrash and it all came back to me. I have to find a copy of it now. Any suggestions?


The original label owner of ROIR is selling it, I would prefer buying from him, so he gets some money. See below:

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