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PoliticsI am Mike Sprinkle (D). NV Assemblyman who sponsored a bill in 2017 to allow people to buy into state Medicaid. AMA about state politics, the future of healthcare, and Nevada!

Jan 23rd 2018 by MikeSprinkle30 • 24 Questions • 61 Points

Hi this is me Harley Flanagan, some of you know a little about me and my past, you may or may not have read my book and possibly know of my music, this is your chance to ask me what you want ;)

 

From Amazon author description: Harley Flanagan provides a fascinating memoir: a child prodigy and family friend of Andy Warhol and Allen Ginsberg, at a young age he became close to many stars of the early punk rock scene like Joe Strummer of The Clash and was taught to play bass by members of the famed black punk band Bad Brains. He started playing drums for the New York punk band the Stimulators when he was 11 years old; playing at places like Max's Kansas City with some of the most notable names of the punk scene. He then went on to start the notorious hardcore band Cro-Mags.

 

From the memoir's introduction by American Hardcore's Steven Blush: "Harley Flanagan is not like you or me. Most of us grew up in relative safety and security. Harley came up like a feral animal, fending for himself in the '70s Lower East Side jungle of crime, drugs, abuse and poverty. By age 10 he was a downtown star at Max's Kansas City and CBGB, drumming in his aunt's punk band The Stimulators, and socializing with Blondie's Debbie Harry and Cleveland's Dead Boys. Everyone thought it was so cute, but it wasn't."

Of his much anticipated memoir, famed author and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain explains: "Don't even pretend to talk about New York... if you don't read this." "This book is the punch in the face you want and need."

 

Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BeLsr0JgJSF/

 

Social:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/harleyfflanagan

IG: https://www.instagram.com/harleyfflanagan/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/harley.flanagan

 

EDIT: Ok, I'm gonna wrap this up now. It was a pleasure talking with you. I'll be playing some shows in the NY area and Maryland. Dates posted on Facebook and IG.

Check out the book, Hardcore: Life of my Own on Amazon: http://a.co/fMbxRSS

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How do you tell your "pay the bills" job that you are gonna leave for 4 months every year?

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I work in Physical Therapy, and as a caregiver, I was wondering if you could give some tips to caregivers as to how you would like to be treated? Any good or bad examples I could learn from?

I did one of my inservices on MG while going through school, but did not learn about your type until I read your AMA today. Thanks so much for sharing so we can all learn!


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Any chance Alexandra York comes back and gives Dana Brooke some pointers?

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Do you think John Joseph secretly eats White Castle sliders?


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Before I ever chose to run for office I first went to my boss and made sure that he was OK with what I was choosing to do and would allow me the latitude. I work for the fire department so it becomes incumbent on me to get the time off, which I usually do by using my personal/holiday and vacation time.

And, thankfully, the legislative session is 4 months every 2 years.

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With patience. MG is a snow flake disease so we are all so so different but we are all trying. I once had a PT tell me she didn't think I could have MG cause of the schedule I take my meds on and cause I don't look sick........... I won't go see a PT again.. it hurts when people assume you are faking it.... I know I don't look physically ill but I am very very sick. Last night I had to be carried to my car to go home from an event because my legs did not work. It was humiliating. ( And why I decided to do this AMA). We just want to be normal and treated as such.


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Hmmmm...very interesting...you and everyone else will have to wait and see! I think she is doing a great job as is! :)

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Lol


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Had you held public office before State Assembly?

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OMG. I'm so sorry this PT said that. It was way out of line and wrong and rude and does NOT reflect how PT thinks of MG. You are definitely not "faking it".

I am cautious not to be an "ableist" a term I was recently introduced to. I always try to treat people with respect and compassion without making them feel less than or small because of their illness--because they are neither!

I have an invisible illness myself so I can relate to professionals acting as if there is nothing wrong...grr!

Thank you so much for answering my question!


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Thanks for taking the time to respond, it's sad that it's a common thing in entertaining industry. Have a nice day!

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Yo Harley,

Huge fan, and I didn’t fully appreciate until recently the incredible life you’ve lead. Here’s my question though: what is more important for the future of punk rock - stylistically following what has been happening or keeping the attitude and ethos while exploring whatever sound you want?

No Harley No Cro Mags


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No, I had not. However, as a firefighter/paramedic I've been a public servant my entire adult life.

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Thanks, but it's not your fault. You seem like a lovely person!! I even do things like that myself and I know how handicapped I am. I think it's ingrained into our brains that everyone around us lies to get what they want. And that's a difficult thing to break. Still it's hurtful and all of us need to be mindful of how we treat each other


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Guys if you want to Tweet me a missed question thats fine but please give me time to get to your question. No need to be rude.

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I think attitude is everything, no matter what genre of music. Hardcore is a way of being, it's not just a style of music or a look. It's the kind of person you are.


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How does that system vary from what Mitt Romney did in MA? Did you look into MassHealth? What did you change?

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My grandmother is 75/just had a myasthenia crisis after a mild heart attack. Is she gonna be ok? :,(


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With more Female Wrestlers having submission finishing moves these days, I wonder what would be your submission finisher if you had one and what would you call it?

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Hey Harley, big fan. I know in the '80s you got a swastika tattoo on your inner wrist. I also know you got it covered up. What did you get it covered up with? Why did you get a swastika? What does the cover-up tattoo mean to you?


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With the Nevada care plan, an individual, ANY individual, would be given the opportunity to purchase, at a premium price, the same benefits offered to Medicaid recipients.

Currently, we are continuing discussions on if we want to put specific requirements on who could purchase this insurance package, but the original thought was that anyone would be allowed to buy the insurance plan at a premium cost. As originally written, the concept was you must be a Nevada resident and that was the only requirement.

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I honestly don't know how to answer that.

Hopefully! I certainly always hope so with everyone. Medicine is getting better, a new medication was just FDA approved for MG a few months ago, the first one in more than 50 years. Is she seeing a neurologist? If you want to message me I will get you links to our FB support groups.

My Mg is not controlled well, but this is a relatively rare thing. Today I had trouble walking and had to be carried to my car.

I know people with MG who are in their late 80's, but this month alone 13 people have died because they got sick and then had MG complications. My dad died this time last year from MG complications. Sadly with this disorder, we just never know.

I wish I had better news... What do her doctors say?


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Hmmmmmm, let me think about that one for a bit! Feel free to ask it again in a bit, if I don't answer!

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In the 80's, all of the Puerto Rican gangs in my neighborhood were covered in Swastikas, all the black gangs wore them as well as the Hells angels on 3rd st So I didnt think much of it, when I was a kid in the 70's, Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols wore Swastikas. When I got it it was a symbol of shock and I was just a dumb kid, it was not about National Socialism or killing jews, it was just a symbol that got a reaction. I covered it when I got older because I realized how wrong it was to have a symbol that was so hateful to so many people. Thats the long and short of it


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Follow up question - do you have insight as to why the bill was ultimately vetoed? Since Sandoval waited until the last moment possible to veto the bill, it seems like he might have been on the fence?

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She just had a tracheotomy yesterday. She’s hospitalized and looked really good today. She hasn’t walked since her heart attack.


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Hey Harley!

My question is about the music industry.

Currently we are struggling indie artists. Do you think it’s better to stay independent and grind it out DIY style or to sign with a major label and lose some of your publishing and other things to get some capital to kick things off?

I know with the Cro-Mags you guys went through hell with labels.

Much Respect!

Mike


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I was given a lot of indication that Governor Sandoval was seriously considering signing the bill. When the veto occurred, obviously I was saddened by that choice and could only refer you and others to his veto message describing his interest in the idea, but necessitating more research and discussion first.

I have heard outside influences, from the National level, may have been involved as well, but I have never been able to confirm that.

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I would make sure she see's a neuro who knows about MG and also that they check her for a thymoma or thymic hyperplasia. Where is she located? I may be able to suggest some docs.


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Two females fighting to be on top...constantly.

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There are certain benefits to working with big organizations. So, in that respect, giving something up to gain something can be a plus. But, the game has changed a lot and with all the social media and all of the things that are available to the artist, you can definitely be successful on your own if you play your cards right. Whats best is what works for you.


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(hey friend, I think you replied to me instead of /u/MikeSprinkle30 on accident. I pinged him in this comment, so hopefully he'll reply!)

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I have no idea .-.


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When were you asked to come back for the Raw 25th anniversary?

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Harley, you're the man!

What's your favorite memory of training at Renzos? Have you ever seen Renzo or Ralph get really angry? Both great guys, but definitely not anyone I would ever want to piss off...

Also, just wanted to say thank you, you gave me my introduction class at Renzos during a really bad time in my life about 3-4 years ago. Since than I've had to move, but train at Serras now and try to drop in at the NYC/Brooklyn location when possible. It's helped me out immensely during trying times these past 4 years. Never really got to thank you enough.


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Thanks, yes, absolutely we will be bringing the Nevada Care plan back.

Currently we have an expanded working group meeting to discuss what it will look like. It may be very similar legislation or we may adopt changes to the previous legislation based on the work group.

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That's okay. It's all new. Feel free to reach out if I can help.


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Recently...last few weeks.

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First of all, I'm glad I was able to introduce you to this life-changing art. You have become part of a bigger family by training with Henzo and, now, Matt. My best memories are Renzo and Ryan training together at the old academy, when guys like Matt Serra and John Danaher and all those legends of the sport were all just blue belts. Those are the days I will never forget. It's been a great journey so far and I'm looking forward to what the future of BJJ is going to be like.


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What would you say had been the biggest challenge about living your life with GRMG?

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what is the most underrated independent league that you follow? which country has the most underrated wrestling talent?


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Harley,

Do you recall ever practicing with the band 108 with you playing drums? What do you remember about the experience?

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Umm, there are actually quite a few things... 1. I have had to have open heart ( for lack of a better term its pretty much the same procedure) surgery twice now to get of a MG related tumor called a thymoma... That was extremely difficult. 2. Feeling the loss of independence I have felt over the past three years since being diagnosed. 3. I think the most heartbreaking and difficult thing is/was the only person who really understood what I was going through die from RgMG ( my dad also had MG and died at 46, a year and a week ago). Even though they say it's not supposed to be hereditary. It was in my case.


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Overdrive Pro Wrestling out of Nashville, TN As for the last question...I cannot answer that question honestly because I haven't watched as much independent promotions in the last little while.

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I have no recollection of practicing with them. I've heard about this before.


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Weird, seems like some text books need to be re-written if both you and your dad had an ultra rare "non-heriditary" disease

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What was the shift into more mature programming like for the performers?


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Alright- one more!!

Do you still have all your records and tshirts? Is there anything you wish you still had?

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There are a few families I know of with MG through my support groups. Not many but a few


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There was never a moment in which I remember anyone saying "Hey, we are gonna push the proverbial envelope!" What I DO remember was them coming to us and saying "We have to tone this down, advertisers are not happy!"

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I have a good amount of them. Of course, some things got stolen and lost along the way.


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If it's your immune system that's causing problems, wouldn't giving yourself AIDS cure it?

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What was your favorite costume you saw or wore?


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Were you a trouble kidd? Judging by the tattoos taken in a young age and punk lifestyle. (Not judging. A punk myself)

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Ummmmm. No lol


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Definitely Wrestlemania #12...unfortunately because of the type of match it was...that dress never got a proper viewing!!! :(

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Yes, I guess you could say that. Read my book, all the answers are there. I started young.


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How would you rate your pain on a 1-10 scale, and how much does it vary day by day?

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What is the most important life lesson you have ever learned? Thanks for doing this AMA!


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Who are the hardest dudes in hardcore besides (alongside?) you and why??? Let’s get some raw stories!!

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I have lupus as well so physical pain tends to be from that. MG itself does not cause physical pain in most cases. Emotional pain varies from day to day.


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Rambonenix...THANKS so much for this question and for the kind words!!! I was taught by my mother to always be kind and gracious to others unless they were unkind or nasty to me...and if they were unkind or nasty...to simply walk away and not allow their negativity to invade my mind or heart. Another one is "Pretty is skin deep but ugly is to the bone!" One more and it is sometimes hard to think about this when someone is doing something dastardly to us...but "Hurting people hurt people!" Thanks again for this question! :)

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The hardest people I know fight in cages for a living or are deployed serving their country.


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Who were your favorite and least favorite talents to work with?

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What about the older BHC; SSD, Gang Green, Slapshot?


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I of course loved working with the father of Dakota! That was usually FUN! The Hardys were fun, Perry was great as I always felt safe with him...and Big Bossman Ray Traylor was my nearest and dearest friend after Dustin left WWF. Ray and I worked together a few times bust he was always my BESTIE on the road and when we were at home! Thanks Angie and Girls, for always being so gracious and allowing RayRay to ride with me and be my traveling partner! :) My love and appreciation will never go away!!! :)

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I wasn't a huge fan but I appreciate what they contributed to Hardcore, musically. I do, however, think that those bands had a lot to do with the divisions that started to happen to the scenes on the East Coast and that was a definite downside to it. I talk about it in my book.


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I’m ordering it today. Thanks for doing this. What kind of music do you listen to currently? Like, if you’re driving around, what’s playing on the radio?

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I have such a wide range of musical taste. I could go on and on and on. Before we started this, I was listening to Black Uhuru and Marvin Gaye, but I could've just as easily been listening to Type O Negative, Sex Pistols or Bad Brains. I listen to different things all day.


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You will coming back to Europe this year?

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We will be there this summer, probably July and August.


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What do you feel is most fake? JJ’s PMA bullshit or his hair? Him calling his cover band “Cro-Mags “ is insulting to everyone who has been a fan of your music

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That's more than one question lol...if the PMA was real, we'd all be discussing a reunion right now instead of fighting. That's all I've got to say about that.


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Hey there, Harley! Have you ever tried Marmite?

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Nasty shit lol.


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My understanding of the "Near Death Experience" record is that it's a bunch of tracks leftover from the "Alpha Omega" recording sessions, so the lineups on both records are the same. However, I spoke with Gabby recently and he mentioned that JJ had got AJ Novello to re-record guitars for "Near Death Experience", so it wasn't really Gabby playing on the "Near Death Experience" record we all heard. Can you shed any light on the personnel and general situation around the "Near Death Experience" record? Thanks!

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It seems like you got a lot of that right. AJ also played some of the bass tracks on NDE but, again, I wasn't involved with any of that. Once John got involved with Alpha Omega, all kinds of things started going on behind the scenes that I wasn't aware of.


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Much respect Harley. Have been a Cro Mags fan for a long time and know you’re the sole reason the band ever existed. Also just read your book and it was fucking great. You couldn’t make up a crazier life. I recommend it to all my boys. Couple questions. Are you still vegetarian and do you drink at all? And do you still live in NYC?

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I am still a vegetarian. I did eat chicken when I was briefly in Rikers, I do what I have to in order to survive. I do drink from time to time, I think anything in excess is a bad idea but I will have a drink with a friend once in a while. And yes, I do still live in the city.


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Have you ever been to Forest Hills?

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If you mean Queens, hell yeah! My aunts went to high school with The Ramones.


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Why don't you mention in your book that you got a swastika tattoo?

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There's a lot of things I don't mention in my book. I could write a whole 'nother book on what I didn't talk about in this one. It wasn't a political statement.


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Would also like to know if you have the copyright for the Cro Mags name, why can't you take JJ or Mackie to court for performance / merchandise royalties?

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It's all a little too complicated to get into the details in this forum but things are happening as we speak.


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What's the deal with Rick ta Life? I only recently found out he's really despised in hardcore scene. I loved the music but never got into the inner politics. Any insight on why?

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I don't know anything about the scenes, drama and soap operas. As far as I know, they all used to be friends with him and now they're not. I can't say why. I don't give a fuck about scenes or the dramas that play out on them. I'm an adult and shit like that doesn't mean anything to me.


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What would you say has been more lethal to your health; drugs or crazy women?

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Nothing has been lethal since I am still alive and kicking lol. Whatever mistakes I made in the past; however bad they were, somehow got me where I am now, which is a great place.


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Yo wat up Harley! Would you consider taking bitcoin for your merch, records, gaurentee, etc...? It's the way of the future and I think it could really help the hxc punk community progress!

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I'll take bitcoin when I start taking cans and bottles as well lol.


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Any chance of Crush The Demoniac making it into the setlist for the next tour?

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It's always possible.


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When did all the Oi bands records start to become available in NY/US. Its interesting that NY bands didnt start to label themselves "Oi" until late 80s?

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I was getting my hands on all that stuff as it was coming out, places like Bleecker Bob's and a couple other stores used to get their hands on a lot of that stuff.