were originally formed in 1981 and were one of the first well-known hardcore
bands from Seattle
. They were signed to Jello Biafra
's Alternative Tentacles
Record label. They were notable not only for playing incredibly fast and heavy music, but also for their politically and socially conscious song lyrics that criticized government policies, religious hypocrisy, racism
, and poverty
. Throughout their musical career they championed a blue collar, working class perspective on life.