The never-before-released 1979 recording Black Dots captures the seminal Washington, D.C., hardcore band Bad Brains as they began to cohere into something special. With early versions of the mosh-pit anthems ”Pay to Cum” and ”Banned in D.C.” (and a great Sex Pistols rip, ”Redbone in the City”), Black Dots could serve as a primer for neophyte punks. Come to think of it, the current incarnation of the band — whose recent work has been spotty — might do well to study this. A
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