Listening to the self-titled debut album from this four-piece band is a rite of passage for any punk fan. Bad Brains was founded in 1978 by four black dudes in D.C. and are now are considered the godfathers of hardcore, the type of punk rock characterized by aggressive percussion, screaming vocals, and a total need for speed. Just how fast? This record has 15 songs and is just 36 minutes long. Its blistering guitar solos, unforgettable riffs, and unapologetic lyrics are a perfect distillation of punk rock's anti-establishment ethos. What's more, Bad Brains peppered the record with hints of reggae and dub, two influences shared by many other punk bands and mastered by ska bands such as Operation Ivy. The stand out tracks on this Bad Brains record are "Banned in D.C.," "I," "Pay To Cum," and "Jah Calling." Other notable hardcore bands include Minor Threat, Black Flag, Gorilla Biscuits, Suicidal Tendencies and the Dead Kennedys.