That one should live against the grain of popular society and live by rules and standards from themselves and not the ones dictated by society. During its existence youth of Today featured pretty much a who's who of New York Hardcore.Influenced by Minor Threat and other Washington DC bands like the Teen Idles and SOA, the Boston bands SS Decontrol and DYS took the words to heart and expanded on them and expanding Straight Edge's presence within the growing hardcore music genre. Youth of Today shared members with bands that would define the youth crew and straight edge sound for years to come.Far less militant than the "vegan warriors" of the time, these bands were positive and brought crucial and edgemen back into the lexicon.Courage to Care by In My Eyes from The Difference between Growing up not slowing down Time got your best just look around But I've found something that keeps me aware A whole scene of people with the courage to care Your youth is behind you As if you were dead Those times were good man My best lies ahead When I deal with you now All I get is upset You keep pushing me away Something you'll regret I know only a few have the will to stay sincere Seeing different faces every fucking year!However as with most hardcore the song wasn't literal, but the mainstream press doesn't understand subtext. The youth's immersed in poison Turn the tide counterattack. A firestorm to purify the bane that society drowns in.
Youth of Today, Youth Crew from the Can't Close my Eyes 7" Me you youth crew! The late 1980s and early 1990s found many straight edge bands becoming more and more political and more geographically dispersed. During his time in these promotions, he competed in singles and tag team competition, the latter with long-time friend Christian.He and Christian, billed as brothers and later childhood friends in WWF/WWE storylines, went on to win the WWF Tag Team Championship on seven different occasions.So often we let our dreams fall away but not this time...let's go I feel like I've never wanted something so bad as this Stand up and be something more!It was at this time that Straight Edge gained notoriety, incorrectly, for advocating violence and a gang like mentality in places like Salt Lake City Utah.While misconceptions continue to this day, there is no truth or foundation in accusations like these.The bands A.18 and Over My Dead Body were straight edge super groups made up largely by members from earlier bands and all involving men in their 30s a rarity in hardcore and especially straight edge.Some bands that were keeping things alive and spreading the message, The Promise, With Honor, Casey Jones, Champion, The Answer, and Blue Monday The Mirror by With Honor from their Self Titled EP I've let tomorrow be a good excuse for Not changing today Looking over our lists of to-do's routines have gotten in the way Day in, day out it becomes the same I'm tired of standing for nothing and sleepwalking our time away Leaving our questions unanswered Or never asking at all Could we be something more? Eyes closed, shut tight, Apathy has us by the throat, Loosen the ropes and let our dreams take flight!If the world was flat I'd grind the edge To the positive youth my heart I pledge X on my hand now take the oath To positive youth to positive growth To positive minds, to pure clean souls These will be all my goals Walk with me and my crew There is so much shit we can do And we won't stop until we're through The Youth Crew era lasted through the late 80s and straight edge would never be the same. California saw bands like Inside Out, Insted, Chain of Strength, Outspoken, No for an Answer, Carry Nation, Chorus of disapproval and Unbroken. The east coast had Turning Point, Mouthpiece, Flagmen, Crud, Battery, and Lifetime.Brotherhood, No Tolerance (For Ignorance) from Fuck Racism, No Tolerance EP So proud of your country, nationalistic pride So proud of your race, prejudiced mind If you so love your country why can't you see It's made up of all people, no racial boundaries We're dedicated to stop your ignorance Band together to bring you to your knees For your actions we have no tolerance Your blind hate, prejudice, a disease Beating up kids who don't share your views Pull that shit with us and you'll lose We may lose some battles But we'll win this war We may have sat complacent once, no more The mid 1990s saw explosive growth due in large part to the pro animal rights, pro straight edge band Earth Crisis.