Cro-Mags’ Harley Flanagan On “The Age Of Quarrel” Reissue: “If We Can Come To Some Sort Of An Agreement And Get The Band Paid, I Would Be Very Happy To Get The Record Out Again”

Cro-Mags’ Harley Flanagan has once again addressed the vinyl reissue of “The Age Of Quarrel,” which will be released on July 17 as part of Record Store Day. The frontman previously blasted the reissue due to the group not being paid or consulted about it and has since said that “if [they] can come to some sort of an agreement and get the band paid, [he] would be very happy to get the record out again.”

Flanagan said the following during a recent interview with Goldmine:

“Not only are we not getting anything, and have never gotten anything off the record, not even ‘Best Wishes’ for that matter, but we found out about this release the same way as everybody else. I found out from a friend of mine at a record store, which is even more outrageous as far as I’m concerned. I mean, all of us are very much alive and present and all over social media and I’ve been trying for years to get those records reissued.”

“I’m in the process right now of trying to sort this out, and if it gets sorted out, if it gets resolved, I can let you know that I will make that announcement the same way I made this announcement. I will make it very known.

The CRO-MAGS were never asked if the record could come out again, and no one asked or called us about it. It is also important that people understand what we were dealing with when we signed our contract. I was 18 years old and I was living for the most part in squats and stuff like that. I had no money or people looking out for my best interests. I was not represented by an attorney. We did not have counsel, so you’re talking about a bunch of young kids who, basically, were surviving hand to mouth, day to day. We literally were stealing food from stores and shit like that. I was just excited. I was actually going to have a record out. Something I could actually hold in my hands and look at and say, Wow, look, mom. I have an album out.'”

“The fact is we never got paid shit and we never got any accounting for anything and were not even represented by counsel. The whole thing is fucking criminal, but the way I see it is right now what they’re doing is wrong. But if we can come to some sort of an agreement and get the band paid, I would be very happy to get the record out again, whether with Rock Hotel or anybody. I would be thrilled if they came out. We’re talking about two records that are pretty much — arguably some people would say — classic game-changing, even historic records. I remember seeing them up online for sale for close to $1,000 and shit like that.

We were just starving artists. I mean, there was literally times during those 35 years from when the record first came out where I was starving. Where I literally was on the street living like a hustler and, you know, all of us went through hard times over those 35 years at different points and the fact that these records were not even available and that people wanted them that badly, that they would pay a thousand dollars for a hardcore record. The whole thing is pretty fucking mind-boggling, and then I was literally on the street when I learned that it was coming out. I literally picked that up at a record store. The sales guy tells me that it sounds like the greatest hardcore record in history is coming out again. I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ I am not just fighting for myself. I am fighting for the band.

If things go as planned, or as I hope it, my goal that everybody in the band should be paid for their participation. If everything works out like I hope it does, in the not-too-distant future, everybody will get paid for those records and that chapter of the ‘Quarrel’ will finally be resolved. In the meantime, I’m still very busy. I put out two records in 2020. Unfortunately, I had a lot of shows booked all over Europe and Japan and while were trying to reschedule them, no one is sure of the status moving forward and what is actually going to be happening. I have recorded 16 new songs as of now. My point is I am always staying busy.

If we were able to get ‘The Age Of Quarrel’ out, I would personally be overjoyed. If I was able to wrangle all those idiots up onstage, just honor that and give the fans one show or even a few shows just to honor it and really put the bullshit behind, and then just kind of reward all of us the way we should have gotten. I’m not trying to live in a time bubble either. What I have been doing is very much alive and moving forward, but I would do something with open arms and be happy, just because that version of the band never got rewarded for there work in that era, and that was a game-changing era, as far as I’m concerned, for music.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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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.”

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.”

Watch Mr. Bungle Perform Cro-Mags‘ “Malfunction“ With Harley Flanagan

During Mr. Bungle’s February 10 show in Brooklyn, NY, the band were joined onstage by Harley Flanagan for a performance of Cro-Mags‘ “Malfunction.“ You can see fan-filmed footage of that below:

Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) Makes Feature Film Debut In “Between Wars”

Harley Flanagan (Cro-Mags) is featured in the new film “Between Wars.” The movie was directed by Tom Phillips and it finds Flanagan starring opposite Michael Imperioli. Notably, the musician also scored the soundtrack. Blabbermouth shared the following description of the film:

“Between Wars” takes an intimate look at the struggle of re-entering civilian life post combat. It follows veteran marine Franny Malloy (Shaun Paul Costello) as he struggles with integrating himself back into civilian life following the war in Afghanistan. Battling PTSD and self-destructive behaviors, he finds his only hope in marine-turned-PTSD-psychologist Sarge, played by Michael Imperioli. Flanagan plays McManus, old school Bronx Irish gangster and general mad man.

Cro-Mags Premiere New Song “From The Grave” Feat. Phil Campbell (Motörhead)

Harley Flanagan’s Cro-Mags have shared the title track of their new EP “From The Grave” (out December 6). The song features Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell and it can be streamed below:

Flanagan commented:

“Lemmy came to me in a dream and said ‘Take it back mate, it’s yours, you started it’ [referring to the band’s name]. I woke up and I knew what had to be done, so I did it. And I figured since Lemmy gave me my marching orders, I should get his guitarist to play on a new track. Phil immediately said yes and that is why it’s called ‘From The Grave,’ and I’m so honored to have him on this song.

I first met Phil when we toured with Motörhead on the Orgasmatron tour. He is one of my favorite guitarists of all time and I still can’t believe I have him playing on one of my songs. Thank you Phil and thank you Lemmy for making this all happen!”

Campbell added:

“It was a great surprise to hear from Harley after so many years. We hung out a lot during the tour in the eighties. When I heard the track he wanted me to do, I just had to do it. Listen for yourselves!”

Harley Flanagan’s Cro-Mags Release New EP “Don’t Give In”

Cro-Mags have digitally released a new EP titled “Don’t Give In.” The effort comes with three songs including the title track, “Drag You Under,” and “No One’s Victim.” You can stream those below. A limited edition 7″ vinyl pressing of the effort will also be released on August 2.

Harley Flanagan commented:

“In late 2018 I went into the studio to start working on a new CRO-MAGS album. After recording the first few songs, I got a strange phone call in the middle of the night that turned out to be from Tony Brummel of Victory Records.

I thought it was a prank call; it turned out not to be, and I worked out record deals with Victory and Arising Empire in Europe. One of the many things that make me happy about signing with Victory and Arising Empire is that they are genuinely fans of my music and know the history; they are not just labels trying to make money off us or the genre. I know that I am working with the best team, and the best musicians to launch the next era of CRO-MAGS.”

In other news, Cro-Mags have also booked some European “Best Wishes” 30th anniversary dates:

09/27 Essen, GER – Turock
09/28 Limburg, BEL – Limburg Hardcore Fest
09/29 London, UK – Underworld
09/30 Paris, FRA – Gibus
10/01 Stuttgart, GER – De Keller Klub
10/02 Prague, CZE – Futurum
10/03 Budapest, HUN – Hu Dürer Kert
10/04 Graz, AUT – Explosiv
10/05 Leipzig, GER – Naumanns
10/06 Berlin, GER – Musik & Frieden

There Is Now Two Different Versions Of Cro-Mags Following A Recent Settlement

The lawsuit regarding the Cro-Mags trademark has officially been settled resulting in two versions of the band. Harley Flanagan’s version will continue to be called Cro-Mags, while John Joseph and Mackie Jayson’s version will be called Cro-Mags JM. The change will go into effect on August 1.

Joseph and Jayson commented:

“As all of our loyal fans and supporters know, John Joseph, Mackie Jayson, A.J. Novello and Craig Setari have been performing as the “Cro-Mags” for many years. Due to recent litigation involving Harley Flanagan, John Joseph and Mackie Jayson, we have all agreed that for the benefit of our fans and supporters we want to make sure that everyone knows who it is they are coming out to see.

Therefore we have reached a settlement designed to avoid any further confusion. The lead singer and drummer on Age of Quarrel, John & Mackie, along with A.J. and Craig, going forward will perform under the name CRO-MAGS “JM” which we have a legal right to use. The “JM” stands for John/Mackie. Of course, we need some time to make this change.

There will be a three month transition where our shows may still be advertised as Cro-Mags and Harley will also be performing as Cro-Mags. During this transition period, to confirm which band you want to see, please check on our websites or social media pages. As of August 1, 2019, all shows under the CRO-MAGS “JM” name will feature us, and all shows under the CRO-MAGS name (on its own) will feature Harley.

Thanks for your patience as we wrap this up. Now that this is all said and done, we will be working on a new studio album, while continuing to deliver the live performances our fans have come to know and love over the years. A win/win situation. See you out there on the road.”

Flanagan has also shared a video statement:

Harley Flanagan Sues Cro-Mags Over Their Name

According to the New York Post, Cro-Mags founder Harley Flanagan is suing the group for allegedly using the name without permission. He claims the band was his idea when it formed it in 1981, and that they are guilty of copyright infringement, due to him apparently trademarking the “Cro-Mag” name for recording in 2010 and for merchandise in 2009 and then again in 2017. The suit goes on to say the other members took over in 2002 when “Flanagan’s first son was about to be born… and Flanagan had to stop touring to help with the baby.” Flanagan was previously arrested in July 2012 after attacking several members of the group with a knife at the CBGB Festival.

Harley Flanagan Announces “Cro-Mags Demos” & “Hard Core Dr. Know” Releases

Cro-Mags founder Harley Flanagan has announced two new releases including the “Cro-Mags Demos” and the “Hard Core Dr. Know” EP. “Hard Core Dr. Know” is available now and proceeds will go towards Bad Brains’ Dr. Know to help him out with medical expenses from his 2015 health issues. The “Cro-Mags Demos” will be available on July 6 and it will include Flanagan’s solo recordings from 1982-1983.

“Hard Core Dr. Know” EP Track Listing:

01. “Life Has No Mercy”
02. “Sometimes You’re The Hammer (Sometimes You’re The Nail)”
03. “Discipline Equals Freedom”
04. “I Love My Life”
05. “Friends Like You”
06. “It’s All Good (When It’s All Good)”

“Cro-Mag Demos” Track Listing:

01. “Don’t Tread On Me”
02. “Wake Up (Do Unto Others)”
03. “Dead End Kids”
04. “Why Don’t You”