Cro-Mags’ Harley Flanagan Blasts Record Store Day Reissue Of “The Age Of Quarrel”

As previously reported, a new vinyl pressing of Cro-Mags’ “The Age Of Quarrel” is set to be released on July 17 as part of Record Store Day. However, frontman Harley Flanagan has now taken to social media to voice his displeasure with the reissue.

Flanagan said the following:

“The Age of Quarrel re-release that has been announced is being issued by Rock Hotel.

The band members who played on these records will not be paid and have not been consulted about this release and have never been paid a dime since its original release on September 1986 or its re-release by Another Planet in 1994.The rights are contested and the players will not see anything from this.

We have been working for months to try to re-release AoQ and Best Wishes and to have each person who played on the two albums paid equally for their contribution; something that has never happened before.

Nobody has ever been paid, been given an accounting, or even given a copy of the contract, we were not even represented by counsel when we signed.

We are still working to resolve this so all the players are finally paid for their work on these historic albums. It is not over yet, but If these albums are re-released without a resolution the Cro-Mags and those who played on these albums will be fucked over once again by the same people who robbed us in the beginning. My legal team and I are working hard to resolve this so that there can eventually be a proper reissue where me and John, Parris, Doug, Mackie and Pete Hines are all finally paid for our work.”

Ex-Cro-Mags Frontman John Joseph Defends “Wonder Woman 1984” Director Over Use Of “Age Of Quarrel” T-Shirt In The Film

“Wonder Woman 1984” was officially released on Christmas Day (December 25) and a number of Cro-Mags fans took issue with an extra wearing an “Age Of Quarrel” shirt in one scene, due to the belief that the album didn’t come out until 1986. However, the band’s former frontman John Joseph has since defended director Patty Jenkins saying that the record was actually available on tape in 1984.

Joseph said the following:

“Had about twenty people tell me about this. Patty Jenkins Director/Writer (Monster – Wonder Woman etc.) is a good friend since the 80’s – she asked me to send her a Cro-Mag shirt for the new “Wonder Woman 1984” released today. I sent her this “Age of Quarrel” tee-shirt. The original album (black cassette) was recorded in 1984. Me and Parris (guitarist) paid for the recording. His father owned a pressing plant in Nashville and pressed up the tapes. Here’s some trivia too. – I got Patty her first directing gig. It was for the band Leeway – Three Wishes video. She went to film school in NYC but grew up in DC – is a huge @badbrainsofficial fan too! #wonderwoman1984”

That being said, there was still another music-related historical inaccuracy involving a poster for a Minor Threat show, even though they broke up in 1983. To be fair, it could have been an old ad that was never taken down, but considering the concert in question was reportedly held at the Roach Motel in Gainesville, Florida, it doesn’t make since for it to be in Washington D.C.

[via Blabbermouth]

Cro-Mags To Release New EP “2020” In December

Cro-Mags will be releasing a new EP, titled “2020,” in digital outlets on December 11. Physical copies are also expected to be released in 2021.

“2020” Track Listing:

01. “Age Of Quarantine”
02. “2020”
03. “Life On Earth”
04. “Violence And Destruction”
05. “Chaos In The Streets”
06. “Cro-Fusion“

Harley Flanagan commented:

“Just by coincidence we recorded 20 minutes and 16 seconds of music, so we simply added a few seconds of real-world chaos. The album cover is meant to look like a calendar – 7 squares across, with one picture from 2020 per day. Inside the booklet there are 12 pictures, one for each month of 2020; and the back is a shot of something I have never seen before in my life – a totally empty New York City. Corona Virus, quarantine, empty streets, brutality, burning buildings, violence and destruction: 2020 is a year none of us will ever forget.”

Cro-Mags Premiere “Between Wars” Music Video

Cro-Mags have premiered a new video for their song “Between Wars.“ This track is from the band’s latest album “In The Beginning.“

Harley Flangan commented:

“This song was a lot of fun to work on as it gave me a chance to do something completely different. I recorded the song with just bass and drums, followed by all the arpeggiated guitar parts, and eventually I added the cellos and did Hungarian-style throat singing. I was inspired to add the cellos when I first heard Carlos “Lamont” Cooper playing in the NYC subway where he plays to make a living. Turns out he’s an ex-gangbanger from NJ who has had a hard life and although we have had very different experiences, we have a lot of things in common; PTSD will do that.”

In other news, Flanagan will also be starring opposite Michael Imperioli in a new film called “Between Wars.” That movie was directed by Tom Phillips and the following description was shared:

“’Between Wars’ takes an intimate look at the struggle of re-entering civilian life post combat. It follows Veteran Marine Franny Malloy of the Bronx as he struggles with integrating himself back into civilian life post combat in Afghanistan.”

A video of Flanagan, Imperoli, and Philips discussing the movie and the newly released music video can be found below:

Cro-Mags Premiere “From The Grave” Music Video

Cro-Mags have premiered a new video for their song “From The Grave.” This track features Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell and it will appear on the band’s new album “In The Beginning,” which is set to be released on June 19.

Harley Flanagan commented:

“The idea for the video is that I’m rising from the grave and going on a mission…like I came back from the dead to become the Grim Reaper himself. I think anybody who knows the history of this band and of my life will get it. It starts off at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, where I will be buried with my family and in-laws. In the opening shot, the grave I’m in front of is actually my mother’s.”

He also added:

“Phil is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can’t believe I have him playing on one of my songs! I am so honored. The footage of Phil was shot by his son Todd Campbell at his recording studio in Wales, UK.”

Cro-Mags Premiere “The Final Test” Lyric Video

Cro-Mags have premiered a lyric video for their new song “The Final Test.” This track is from the band’s new album “In The Beginning,” which will be released on June 19. Harley Flanagan commented:

“Will you be afraid or will you be at peace when you die? This song is about finding peace and facing death fearlessly, which is, in my opinion, the final test.”