Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tunesday: "Waiting Room," Fugazi

For me, this song is about making the most of your life, not being a passive bystander. The energy is undeniable; the clip above shows the effect the song has. I've been known to hit repeat several times when this or any Fugazi song pops on while I am running.

Taking its name from a Vietnam War term (Fucked Up, Got Ambushed, Zipped In), Fugazi, for my money, is the most genuine hardcore band. Always DIY, always affordable records/concerts, the D.C.-based group formed from the ashes of guitarist/vocalist Ian MacKaye's equally awesome punk band Minor Threat.

If you're a true Fugazi fan, you owe it to yourself to check out the live series at Dischord Records. The goal is to make downloads of the band's 800-plus recorded shows available to fans — suggested $5 per show (but you can haggle) or $500 for every concert. Photos from the shows and flyers promoting the concerts add extra flavor. Damn cool! Also cool: Wugazi.

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