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The Young and the Useless


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New York City, NY (1982 – 1984)

The Young and the Useless is best known for their sought after Real Men Don’t Floss e.p. which was put out on Dave Parsons’ Ratcage Records label back in late 1982. The group original featured Adam Horovitz, Adam Trese, Arthur Africano, and David Scilken who all rehearsed in Abby Stoddard’s basement. The best known member of the group is Adam “Adrock” Horovitz, who went on to join the Beastie Boys in December 1983 when he filled the vacancy created by the absence of guitarist John Berry. At this point, Adam Horovitz was concurrently playing in both groups. Yet, following the unexpected success of the Cooky Puss album, the Beastie Boys began playing more shows thus drawing Horovitz’s time away from the Young and the Useless. Sadly, by late 1984 the Young and the Useless had slowly fallen apart. On October 28th, 1984 they played what was perhaps their last gig at CBGB’s club in New York City, NY. In about 18 months time, the Young and the Useless had gone from being regulars at CBGB’s to performing only on rare occasion.

Dave Parsons, who put out the Young and the Useless’ only known recordings on his Ratcage Records label, fondly remembers the young punks as his favorite New York Hardcore or better said “art-core” band. “They had the potential to be larger than the Beastie Boys. I can recall people calling from California wanting to book the Young and Useless and all of a sudden they didn’t exist anymore. Just look at the cover of their Real Men Don’t Floss EP, they would have been the biggest punk band from New York.


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  • EdwardioNortano


    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • garyxia

    "posthardcore band with a lot of creativity, talent, and 2 well-produced albums." get the fuck out of here

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • ZgPunx


    25 Nov 2010 Reply
  • mrnickcooper

    Yeah...Thes tracks are not by the same TYATU listed here. They are probably tracks by that wack band that stole The Young & The Useless' name a coule years after the real band disbanded. The true TYATU no longer exist. The other ones suck. You should delete their tracks.

    27 Dec 2008 Reply
  • onno

    Actually it was Adam Yauch's band which Adam Horowitz later on joined

    20 Jan 2008 Reply
  • shaggyshaggy

    Yo in case anybody doesn't know, this was the first band of Adam Horowitz from the Beastie Boys, when he was a teenager. They have some really funny songs, like homeboy.

    9 Apr 2006 Reply

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