"New York Crew" by Judge (VIDEO)
Listen to "New York Crew" by Judge, No. 92 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.
Wed Mar 7 2012
92. Judge, "New York Crew" (1988)
When Mike "Judge" Ferraro shouts out "old New York" in this rough-hewn chest-thumper, he has in mind the East Village of the early '80s, when combat-booted foot soldiers like Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front and Warzone defended the integrity of their scene with hair-trigger urban belligerence. Judge epitomizes the meta quality of NYC hardcore's second wave, when the genre's preferred subject was the genre itself. Specifically its supposed poseur contingent: non-violent spectators who "wore the right clothes" but could never grasp what it meant to be a part of what Ferraro & Co. called "the New York Brotherhood."