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Image:13382.jpg Reagan Youth (a play on Hitler Youth) was a band started by singer Dave Rubinstein (Dave Insurgent) and his friend and guitarist Paul Bakija in Queens in the early 1980s. They have been labeled peace punk as well as hardcore. An important group in the New York/New Jersey hardcore scene, they performed very regularly at CBGBs and toured the U.S. extensively, often with other early punk bands such as the Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains and the Misfits. Image File history File links 13382. ... Flag of the Hitler Youth The Hitler Youth (German: Hitler-Jugend, abbreviated HJ) was a paramilitary organization of the Nazi Party that existed from 1922 to 1945. ... Queens Borough in New York City, in yellow Queens is the largest of the five boroughs of New York City in area. ... The 1980s, in its most obvious sense, was the decade between 1980 and 1989. ... The anarchy symbol commonly used by anarcho-punks Anarcho-punk (sometimes known as peace-punk) is a subgenre of the punk rock movement consisting of groups and bands promoting specifically anarchist ideas. ... Hardcore punk (or hardcore) is an intensified version of punk rock usually characterized by short, loud, and often passionate songs with exceptionally fast tempos and chord changes. ... CBGB, also CBGBs or CBs is a legendary club in the Manhattan Bowery district of New York City, New York. ... For other uses, see United States (disambiguation) and US (disambiguation). ... From Left to Right: Klaus Flouride, Jello Biafra, D.H. Peligro and East Bay Ray The Dead Kennedys were a punk rock band from San Francisco, California. ... The Bad Brains were an American all- black hardcore punk and heavy metal band, originally formed in Washington, DC in 1977. ... For the movie, see The Misfits (movie). ...



They were in existence for almost ten years, but only managed to release one album during their existence as a band (in 1984): originally titled Youth Anthems for the New Order, it was rereleased as Reagan Youth (Volume 1) by the small independent label New Red Archives in 1989. This album eventually sold 40,000 copies. A second album, titled Volume 2, was completed and released in 1990, after the official breakup of the band. Both are still available on vinyl, as well as a CD titled A Collection of Pop Classics that combines both records. A collection of live recordings was issued in 1998 as Live and Rare. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... It has been suggested that CD Rot be merged into this article or section. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


Known for their use of Ku Klux Klan and Nazi Party imagery, the band expressed its political views through ironically donning actual uniforms from the two hate groups. Their intention was to draw the audience's attention to the perceived parallels between the policies of Ronald Reagan and the Religious Right and the beliefs of the hate groups. Their songs included "Jesus Was a Communist," an interesting stab at the Christian fundamentalists in the United States, and "New Aryans," an anti-Ronald Reagan/yuppie and also anti-racist anthem. It should be noted that Dave Rubinstein was well aware of the irony and shock value inherent in these images and lyrics; several close relatives were Holocaust survivors. Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ... The Nazi swastika symbol The National Socialist German Workers Party ( German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei), better known as the NSDAP or the Nazi Party was a political party that was led to power in Germany by Adolf Hitler in 1933. ... A hate group is an organized group or movement that advocates hate, hostility or violence towards members of a race, ethnicity, religion, or other sector of society. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan KBE, GCB (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... The term Religious Right, is a broad label applied to a number of political and religious movements and groups. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan KBE, GCB (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Yuppie, short for Young Urban Professional, describes a demographic of people comprising baby boomers as well as people in their late twenties and early thirties. ... Anti-racism, like other general social attitudes, ideas and movements, has many variations and faces. ... Concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust The Holocaust was Nazi Germanys systematic genocide (ethnic cleansing) of various ethnic, religious, national, and secular groups during World War II. Early elements include the Kristallnacht pogrom and the T-4 Euthanasia Program established by Hitler that killed some 200,000 people. ...

Musically, the band played hardcore punk, but other songs have more mellow rhythms with slower tempos, including guitar riffs and solos not seen in many other punk bands at the time.


Formed while Dave and Paul were still in high school, they quickly gained a good reputation and were soon playing the punk clubs of Manhattan. Dave's science teacher became a roadie for the group. After graduation and the release of their first album, they began touring nationally and were regulars at the Sunday-afternoon hardcore matinee shows at CBGBs. Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... The road crew (or roadies) are the technicians who travel on tour with musicians who handle every part of the production except actually playing the music. ... CBGB, also CBGBs or CBs is a legendary club in the Manhattan Bowery district of New York City, New York. ...

By the late 1980s the extensive touring had taken its toll on the group, both physically and emotionally. Despite the many shows played and the relatively large album sales (for a hardcore punk band), the members of the band continually found themselves broke. When Reagan left office, the band split up. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ...

By this point Dave had become a heroin user and occasional dealer. In a conflict with another dealer, he was severely beaten with a baseball bat, requiring weeks of hospitalization. In 1993 he began seeing a girl, Tiffany B., who supported both their drug habits by prostitution. Later that year his mother was killed in a car accident. Soon after, Dave and his girlfriend were on Houston Street looking for customers and drugs. A familiar customer in a truck hired Tiffany and the two of them disappeared. A few days later, police on Long Island stopped the same truck and discovered Tiffany's body in the back. The driver was Joel Rifkin, later convicted as a serial killer responsible for the murder of several prostitutes. Despondent over his continuing drug addiction and the loss of his mother and girlfriend, Dave Rubinstein committed suicide in 1993. Heroin or diacetylmorphine (INN) is a semi-synthetic opioid. ... A prostitute in Germany Prostitution is the sale of sexual services, such as oral sex or sexual intercourse, for money. ... Houston Street is a large thoroughfare running east - west through the downtown area of the borough of Manhattan in New York City, one block south of 1st Street. ... The four counties of Long Island. ... Joel David Rifkin (Born January 20, 1959 in East Meadow, New York) is an American serial killer who murdered 17 women, mostly drug addicts or prostitutes, between 1989 and 1993 in New York. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the act of willfully ending ones own life; it is sometimes a noun for one who has committed or attempted the act. ...

References/External Links

  • Reagan Youth page at New Red Archives site
  • Reagan Youth at CDBaby
  • Reagan Youth at LoveCatMusic
  • Reagan Youth Lyrics

  Results from FactBites:
LoveCatMusic.com – Artist Release (1510 words)
Reagan Youth was formed in 1980 by founding members Dave Rubinstein (also known as "Dave Insurgent") and Paul Bakija ("Paul Cripple"), while they attended high school in Queens, New York.
Reagan Youth, along with the Misfits and Kraut, were the most influential early Punk bands in the New York area.
One of Reagan Youth's signature songs was "Degenerated." His friend Jesse Malin later formed the group D Generation and recorded "Degenerated" on their albums for both EMI Records and Columbia Records.
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