6 Ft. Underground was a short-lived German veggie/vegan hardcore band from the first half of the 90s. This self-titled 7" is the only record of theirs I'm aware of. It was released by the band members themselves in 1995. Pretty decent mix between old school/melodic hardcore and more 'new school' hardcore, including a 'Meat Free Youth' anthem. Members also played in a number of other bands such as Universal a.k.a. The Mental Toilet, Diavolo Rosso, Fear Is The Path To The Dark Side, Repugnant and Dead Beat.
As you may recall, I remastered the Unorthodox cd a while ago, but the fine gentleman at Bitter Melody Records has taken it the extra mile by having the recording remastered from the master tapes and repressing it on vinyl. He went the extra mile by producing two color versions and a 180gram black vinyl version with a screen printed cover.
They are all currently available for ordering over at the Bitter Melody page on Limited Pressing, and there is also a price discount when you order the 3-pack.
Okay so it's pretty common place that since the 80s people have been printing and selling straight edge tshirts. Hell I have quite a few myself (most of which don't fit anymore but that's neither here nor there) and to be quite honest, there have been some bad but also some good. Some of these may look dated now but they were pretty hot items back then. Let's take a look back at some of the good and bad from the 90s. Please not, I have not included Cabal in this as we've covered them pretty extensively. If you'd like to go back and see what we said, click here: Cabal Clothing.
No post on straight edge tshirts would be complete without the famous "Sesame Street" straight edge shirt. I was told who printed this but I can't for the life of me remember who though Jav did tell me that it printed in Buffalo. This was printed in 1995 though as the shirt shows. One of my personal favorites was the Andrew Thomas Company. I've done a few posts on them in the past, two of which you can see by clicking on the 1995 catalog and the 1997 catalog. Being that I've already covered them in past, Ill just post a few images of theirs. Devil's Head was another company/label that printed shirts...some good, some...well not so good. You be the judge The Attitude Shop began under a different name which escapes me now but they printed up some great designs as well as a bunch of ARA (Anti-Racist Action) designs. I think they were based out of Pennsylvania. I have a few more of their shirts but for some reason I can't find the photos. While some people ran "clothing lines", labels and distros that also considered themselves straight edge and printed up shirts. Victory Records sold this design throughout the 90s and into the early 2000s before finally retiring it. If you went to shows in the 90s, there was always at least 1 person at the show with this shirt.
I remember seeing Ray from Tension (FL) wearing this on the insert of the full length "Agent of the People". I scooped this up in a lot I bought. Not sure who printed it though.
This one was also sold by Victory. I really don't think we need to go anymore into this. There are also Pepsi and Coke designs
This one was sold through Very Distro in the late 90s.
The notorious "Kill Your Local Drug Dealer" shirt. This is the original before it was changed and reprinted by Seventh Dagger. I don't know who printed these but they came out of North Carolina if memory serves.
Finally, what post on straight edge shirts would be complete without something New Age related. Probably the most well known design they did. Id love to get my hands on the circular "Proud to be Drug Free" design so if you get at me if you have it and want to unload it.
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