Miami's 20 Best Punk Bands of All Time
If Quit were the clean pop punkers from next door, LOAD were the reckless crazies from the potential crack house down the street. Loud, abrasive, angry and with a Devil-may-care attitude that alienated and endeared them to you simultaneously, Bobby and crew were a dangerous element that put Miami firmly on the dirty South's map. Bobby passed away a couple of years ago, much too young. Drummer Fausto Figueredo has recently hinted that an album of material might surface very soon.
1. The Eat
No band has put more record collectors at odds over the years than the Eat. Their first single "Communist Radio" b/w "Catholic Love" was beaten to the punch by Critical Mass' "Silver Screen" by a miserable year, but pound for pound, the Eat continued to improve and release better records. Known as the comedians of the scene, the lineup of brothers Eddie and Michael O'Brien did themselves well by recruiting Chris Cottie behind the skins. They would further humorize their situation by inventing a conflict between their first bass player Glenn Newland and their second one Kenny Lindahl. Such was the humor of the brothers O'Brien. Jello Biafra did the world a favor and quieted many collectors and eased the wallets of many fans by releasing a complete discography of the band on his Alternative Tentacles label. Go get it. They've rocked since '77 and will continue to rock until you're 77.
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