Reagan Youth is a political hardcore punk band that embraces “Anarchy + Peace & Unity” school of thought. Reagan Youth parodies and pokes fun at Republicanism, the Religious Right, Racists and of course; Ronald Reagan’s policies. The band formed in 1980 as it became obvious to the lead singer, Dave that Ronald Reagan was to become America’s president. The band’s songs were about the evils of society and the band’s name was a play on HITLER YOUTH; comparing Reagan to Hitler due to the Republican party’s fascist tendencies. As Reagan ascended as president Dave Insurgent, Paul Cripple, Charley Tripper and Andy Apathy played their first gig on August, 21 1981 at the A7 club under the name Reagan Youth. The music was like having the Who’s rhythm section playing behind fuzzed out, feedback laden guitar chords while Dave I. spread his message of Anarchy and Peace and Unity! Unfortunately the rhythm section from the band’s high school days were not up to that caliber of playing, so Al Pike replaced Andy Apathy on bass. The band rehearsed but soon after Charley Tripper quit and was replaced by Steve.
This new lineup with Steve, Dave, Paul and Al was Reagan Youth’s most stable line-up, playing numerous matinee shows at the CBGB’s, as well as all over N.Y.C. They went to record from Spring of 1983 until spring of 1984 and released their first recording, a 12 inch e.p. with seven songs in ’84.
Always a great punk band and big on the scene back in the day, Reagan Youth was a staple among hardcore punkers, regularly on tour, and often appearing in “Flipside,” and “Maximum Rock N’ Roll” (MRnR) among others.
The following is a flashback to subnormal’s interview with Paul from a short time before the plandemic. Oi!