As Labor Day comes to close, and we wave goodbye to another passing summer, it’s important to remember that the dream is not over. Unfortunately, that dream is a nightmare, and few could express this eternal horror as simply and eloquently as Discharge. 

Recorded in 1982, Discharge’s Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing is one of those records that launched a thousand bands–though, nearly thirty years later, few would be able to match it’s purity. As dark and moody as anything released then or since, Hear Nothing contains some of the most simple riffs and comprehensible lyrics ever pressed to vinyl. In three lines of verse, Discharge could establish the mood of our bleak, bleak world  after nuclear disaster and, boy, did they ever. “The Nightmare Continues,” for example, runs away with this idea, chronicling a day in the life in the world of The Omega ManAnd still men and women drag out their lives in misery/ The nightmare continues/ Blinded, disfigured and mentally scared. Several quick three-chord progressions and a lightning fast solo later, the song is over. Before us Discharge lays out, what they believe, to be our inevitable nuclear holocaust.

Of course, their downtrodden view of the world isn’t necessarily true. Hey, you still have a few more hours of summer! Enjoy it, because tomorrow…