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Los Angeles, United States

There have been at least three Wasted Youths.

The first Wasted Youth were a punk/new wave group from Canning Town in east London who released several records on the Bridge House label in the late 70s. Similarly to early Only Ones their sound was very Lou Reed influenced. The first two singles “Jealousy” and “I’ll Remember You” remain classics of their kind

The second (sometimes known as “LA’s Wasted Youth”) was a band in early 80s from Los Angeles, California, who played classic hardcore punk. The band followed in the footsteps of Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, and were a prominent and popular act amongst the Los Angeles punk underground of the early 1980’s.

Hailing from the “faster, louder” school, the band crafted a unique sound by removing all of the bass and most of the midrange frequencies from Chett Lehrer’s guitars. Coupled with this is the often intricate bass work of Jeff Long, the tight drumming of Allen Stiritz, and the wail of Danny Spira. The band’s first release, “Reagan’s In” is a classic of early West Coast hardcore punk music. This entire album, with its ten songs, takes less then 15 minutes to complete and is famous for the Pushead Lamort artwork of Ronald Reagan on its front cover. The band went to school at Hawthorne High School, the same school from which the Beach Boys, Redd Kross and Chris Montez hailed.

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