-John Hodges, guitarist of Hated Youth, 2000
“Who the hell is Hated Youth?” That’s what I wanted to know in 1983. By August 2000, I still had no answer. But let’s jump back to 1983 for a second. My friend Chris played me this crucial slab of wax, a five band, thirteen song 7” compilation called, “We Can’t Help It If We’re From Florida.” As I have written elsewhere, this classic piece of plastic defined Florida hardcore punk in 1983. It brought our steamy, dick-shaped state to the attention of the punk rock world. It was our “This Is Boston Not L.A.” It was our “Flex Your Head.” And what a record! Included on the comp were Sector 4 (Tallahassee), Morbid Opera (Ft. Lauderdale), Rat Cafeteria (Tampa), Roach Motel (Gainesville) and the subject of this essay, Hated Youth. This Tallahassee hardcore quartet had the mighty honor of opening the comp with their one-two-fuck-you, pounding anthem, “Hardcore Rules.” And who could forget that opener? Hated Youth had three songs on the comp: “Hardcore Rules,” “Ted Bundy” and “Army Dad.” But that was their only vinyl conquest. I — and probably hundreds of others — hoped that some day this band would release something else. It never happened. There were stories of an unreleased demo, but as far as I knew, the band dropped off the face of the earth.
In August 2000, I used something akin to those exact words in an article about the history of Florida punk and hardcore records. The article was written for Maximum Rocknroll (see MRR #210, November 2000 issue) but, just for the hell of it, I decided to post it on my web page. A day or two later, Hated Youth singer Gary Strickland walked into my record store, introduced himself and handed me a cassette with 13 Hated Youth songs. Three of the songs were those from the Florida comp, but ten I had never heard — ten more songs recorded at the same time. We talked for a few hours. (“Who the hell is Hated Youth?” Finally, I had my answer.) Gary told me pretty much the whole history of the band. Apparently there is even a full album worth of material recorded in 1985 with a different singer! At some point, I told Gary that I’d love to release the songs as a 7”. Gary needed a little convincing; he wasn’t sure that anyone would care. I told him that there were lots of people out there, like me, dying to hear more Hated Youth. In November 2000, I took the tape into a Tampa recording studio for some restoration. (Unfortunately, one song, “Five Sides,” was too badly damaged to be used.) Hardcore rules!
-Bob Suren, el presidente de Burrito Records