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 No.102949

Having listened to a breadth of virtually every major RAC band's output from the scene's inception to the present, I bring to you the greatest RAC albums of all time

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 No.102951

What's RAC?

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 No.102954

>>102951

Rock Against Communism, or RAC, refers to an umbrella for any far-right, Third Position or Nationalist Skinhead music. The moniker arose as a response to the Rock Against Racism campaign spearheaded by left-wing activists in the late '70s after some controversial comments issued by Eric Clapton. Worried that Punk Rock would be co-opted by leftists, Young National Front activist Eddy Morrison formed Punk Front to give Nationalist rockers a voice. The front-runners for Punk Front were The Dentists, White Boss, Homicide, The Ventz (later Tragic Minds) and The Raw Boys, playing the first Rock Against Communism shows the National Front organized. None of these bands ever recorded any music and later died in obscurity, but an important event was only a few years away.

As left-wingers gradually pushed right-wingers out of Punk subculture, the National Front canvassed skinhead subculture to carry the torch of the far-right's counterculture. Although never affiliated with right-wing organizations, bands like Combat 84 laid the groundwork with lyrics advocating capital punishment and opposing nuclear disarmament.

The watershed moment was an incident at a concert for The 4-Skins, The Business and The Last Resort in Southall during July of 1981. Two years earlier, police killed Anti-Nazi League activist Blair Peach in a riot instigated by the demonstrators, so racial tensions at a fever pitch. Accounts conflict as to who instigated it. The bands conceded the skinheads and South Asians weren't getting along, but maintain the the response was greatly out of proportion with the trouble the skinheads were causing them. On the other side, the South Asian locals claimed some of the skinheads assaulted women and elderly people, engaged in property destruction / vandalism and daubed National Front slogans on shop windows. The locals protested the gig on wrongful suspicion the bands were far-right and subsequently rioted, burning down the venue in the process. Following that incident, The 4-Skins recorded a song "One Law for Them"

By 1982, the National Front successfully recruited even more followers than before and organized their first concert in Stratford, East London. This would be where Rock Against Communism truly started.

RAC has undergone several stages of development, but initially, the style was a mix of Hard Rock and Oi!. Older bands tend to be Hard Rock or Oi!/Punk whereas newer bands tend to be more oriented towards Hardcore or Metal. The music tends to be upbeat, anthemic rock with a hard edge - there are usually gruff vocals mixed with chanted/sung choruses. There are often prominent melodies which can be folky and/or triumphant. The songs generally have a focus on a triumphant sound, manifested through ballads, chanted choruses, and the folky melodies. It's a scene that is very introverted and feeds off itself and a very, very narrow scope of influences, which is why it is pretty distinct.

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 No.102955

Why is it called Rock Against Communism? Think about it. Abstract economic theories don't inspire too many people to write academic compositions, much less make music. I can count on my hand a handful of bands who attempted such a thing, one of which being Oingo Boingo's 1983 song "Capitalism" and the other being Georgist anthem "The Land Song" which would later be the de facto anthem of UK's Liberal Democrat party. There's no such thing as Rock Against Central Planning or Rock Against Labor Theory of Value. Anyone who tried to make such music would look weird, but that puts these artists in a bind. Given that Nationalist skinheads are opposed to the total social vision of Communism rather than mere elements within it, they naturally grasp at something to replace it. That replacement usually comes in the form of blunt expressions of White Nationalism: three chords and the truth.

RAC bands oppose Communism not only for economic reasons (although some, namely Skullhead, have lyrics that would be at home in socialist rhetoric), but also for the humanism and liberal aspects of socialism. The irrelevance of race and/or nation in socialism is the salient point RAC opposes in all their anti-left rhetoric. Consequently, most bands are explicitly White Nationalist and/or National Socialist. Early on, RAC was strictly about British Nationalism, and some bands strictly stayed British Nationalists, namely the original incarnation of Public Enemy (UK), London Branch, Indecent Exposure, Vengeance (UK), Last Orders and The Diehards. Some of them were expressly White Nationalist, but none of those bands ever crossed over into Hitler worship.

As time went on, bands became much more openly Nazi, especially with Skrewdriver's later albums becoming more obvious in their references to the Third Reich and Norse Neopaganism. Once Blood and Honour formed as a split off from White Noise, bands like Skrewdriver, Brutal Attack, Sudden Impact, Squadron, No Remorse and English Rose all pledged their support for Hitler's legacy.

Frequently, producing art to push a certain idea or belief renders the end product little more than an empty propaganda vehicle, but making political music that resonates with people requires a good sense of creativity, understanding of human psychology and personal conviction. Most don't succeed, but it's the effort that counts for me. To me, propaganda is art, and art is propaganda. It's why I'm also into Christian Metal despite being a secular agnostic.

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 No.102964

I thought RAC stood for Racism Against Cumskins

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 No.103091

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>>102949

you got some great german ones in there but no top RAC list is complete without Intolleranza

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 No.103174

>>103091

Intolleranza is okay. I prefer Peggior Amico and Ultima Frontiera. For non-RAC Nationalist Rock, Antica Tradizione, Janus and Scogliere di Marmo are also worth listening to.

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 No.103204

no Symphony Of Sorrow/Saga

no Race War/Heiliger Krieg

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 No.103213

do we really need another pol thread

>>102964

>Cumskins

stop using a dead meme

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