Don't Forget the Struggle, Don't Forget the Streets

Don't Forget the Struggle, Don't Forget the Streets was the first full-length album from New York hardcore (NYHC) band, Warzone.

Don't Forget the Struggle, Don't Forget the Streets
Studio album by
RecordedAugust, 1987
Studio X,
Ridgewood, New Jersey, U.S.
GenreHardcore punk
LabelFist Records
Caroline Records (1988)
Another Planet (1994)
Revelation Records (2016)
Warzone chronology
Lower East Side Crew EP
Don't Forget the Struggle, Don't Forget the Streets
Open Your Eyes
Re-issue cover
1994 Another Planet re-issue – with Open Your Eyes on same disc
1994 Another Planet re-issue – with Open Your Eyes on same disc
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Following the band's 1987 debut release, the Lower East Side Crew EP, it was first released on the band's own label, Fist Records, before being licensed and re-released in 1988 on Caroline Records, The track "We're The Crew" was previously available on the EP, but was re-recorded for this album.

In 1994, Another Planet re-issued the album on the same disc as Open Your Eyes, something the label did with similar NYHC bands of the same era, such as Murphy's Law, Cro-Mags, and Leeway.

Revelation Records reissued the album with its original artwork in 2016.


The music on this album was what New York hardcore (and hardcore in general) became known for: short, fast songs with shouted socio-political lyrics, heavy but basic guitar riffs, gang chants, and attitude. The title track became a slogan for hardcore youth, and one of the most covered tracks by other New York hardcore bands. Other songs such as "Crazy But Not Insane" and "As One" had a similar impact.

The band encountered many controversies after the release of this album, partly because the cover, which looked like an iron cross, could have political connotations — particularly since the band and many of their fans had a skinhead appearance. Raybeez explained that being a skinhead in the U.S. had a different meaning than in Europe; American hardcore skinheads were patriotic, but not racist. The song "Skinhead Youth" was about unity and brotherhood, rather than alienation and violence.[2]

The production quality was DIY, and the musicianship, which the band even admits was not a priority, is pure punk (i.e. basic). The liner notes include the line: "Hardcore music is a movement — not a business."

Track listingEdit

  1. "Intro Bust" – 2:11
  2. "It's Your Choice" – 1:50
  3. "Crazy But Not Insane" – 2:14
  4. "Fuck Your Attitude" – 1:27
  5. "As One" – 1:50
  6. "We're the Crew" – 2:03
  7. "Don't Forget the Struggle, Don't Forget the Streets" – 2:36
  8. "In the Mirror" – 2:42
  9. "Skinhead Youth" – 1:24
  10. "Growing Up, the Next Step" – 2:53
  11. "Judgement Day" – 1:25
  12. "Fighting for Our Country" – 3:04


  • Raymond "Raybeez" Barbieri – vocals
  • Paul – guitar
  • Crazy "Jay" Skin ( Jay Vento ) – guitar
  • John "Omen" – bass
  • Lukie Luke – drums
  • Recorded August, 1987 at Studio X, Ridgewood, New Jersey, USA
  • Produced by Warzone Posse and Fink
  • Engineered by Rick Reineke
  • Re-issue mastered by Alan Douches at West Westside Music


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Liner notes by Eric Wielander on 1994 Another Planet Don't Forget The Struggle, Don't Forget The Streets/Open Your Eyes re-issue

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