Friday, 11 March 2016

Marginal Man

Marginal Man were a five-piece punk/hardcore band from Washington, D.C. that formed in 1982 and broke up in 1988. They reunited for three shows in 1991, 1995 and 2011. Marginal Man are best known as being a Dischord band, and being part of the changing hardcore scene in DC, which transitioned from the straight-forward, no holds barred hardcore of the early 80's to a more melodic, experimental sound in the middle of the decade. The early hardcore influence is definitely evident on their first LP (the only one actually with Dischord), especially since three of the band's members previously played in Artificial Peace, who are best known for appearing on the Flex Your Head compilation. Marginal Man pushed that boundary by incorporating, melodic, sung vocals, along with lead guitar parts in addition to standard power chords. They made it through three full-lengths, though their debut is definitely their best known. Enjoy.

1. Missing Rungs
2. Friend
3. Torn Apart
4. Mental Picture
5. Pandora's Box
6. Fallen Pieces
7. Identity
8. Emotional Scars
9. Marginal Man

1. Turn The Tables
2. Friend
3. Linger In The Past
4. Strange Feeling
5. Mainstream
6. Chocolate Pudding
7. Tell Me
8. Shades Of Reason
9. Someone Cares
10. Forever Gone
11. Double Image

1. Time
2. What Did She Say
3. Metal Madness
4. Gentry
5. Under A Shadow
6. Home Again
7. I Had A Feeling
8. Mind On Hold
9. Spirits
10. Sea Of Sorrow

15. Missing Rungs
17. Manipulator

Note: These  two songs appear on Dischord's 3-disc career-spanning compilation