. The fine folks over at The South Florida Music Scene Past And Present Blogspot have created a living, breathing collection that reanimates every spilled pabst and jager shot poured at long-closed joints like Washington Square, Cheers, The Foundation, Plus Five (aka the pus dive) and Squeeze (aka "cheese").
You may notice that the blog is heavy on the punk rock - and that's because that's all that mattered down here in the 1990s. Sure, you had your natural causes and roosterheads and steven talkhouses - but that wasn't vital outside of Greg Baker's column. The true 305 scene was embodied by crazy bastards like ANGER - a band made up of two tech metalheads (Alex Marquez, Dennis Munoz ) and two hardcore punk freaks named Gene Navarro and Luis Rodriguez who not only embraced the Scarface caricature of Miami life - they lived it, breathed it, and sang about it on their sole CD, uploaded here for all of posterity. Rodriguez is credited as the rhythm guitarist - but as one who was at the sessions - I can tell you he played everything on this record,sans the vocals, solos and the drums. His razor sharp riffage puts this record head and shoulders above any other South Florida hardcore record - and in my not-so-humble-opinion -- "Miami, Fl" is the best east coast hardcore record ever made - save for the Cro Mags Age Of Quarrel Lp.
The title track says it best: "Miami, See It Like A Native -- See it with a gun in your face!"