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Dag Nasty: Field Day [Giant, 1988]
D.C. posthardcore postboys with an ex-Descendent on bass, their apostate pop is like Milo Goes to College only more expansive. Concise and propulsive the way hardcore's supposed to be, the music could carry any old lyrics half the time, but that's not necessary--these descriptions and accounts of their growing store of experience are no less metaphoric for their factual aura, and remind us that most postboys understand their own troubles better than they do the world's. Vide "Typical (Typical Youth)": "Now that it's gone, just admit it to yourself/It was nothing special, no more special than yourself." A-