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The Forgotten

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Group Members: Jonny Manak and The Depressives

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Creating radical themes exposed in the bounds of the most turbulent influences of styles like punk revival and Oi!, the Forgotten eventually managed to gather a considerable legion of fans, not only in the U.S. but also in Europe, where their stirring themes granted them raving audiences. Hailing from San Jose, CA, the Forgotten formed in 1997 due to the initiative of frontman Gordy Carbone and guitarist Craig Fairbaugh. Following the additions of bassist Johnny Gregurich and drummer Dkash (aka Dave Kashka), the quartet started making its first live appearances on the local club scene. Still in 1997, the band managed to record their first disc, the single Class Separation, for San Francisco's TKO Records. Gaining a consistent fan base due to their frenzied shows, the Forgotten then started arranging their first full-length record. Veni Vidi Vici, the crew's debut album, hit record stores in 1999, achieving relevant results within the specialized punk rock scene, and a supporting U.S. tour with U.K. legends Peter and the Test Tube Babies followed. One year later, the Californians delivered their second TKO album, Keep the Corpses Quiet, again attaining creditable results. The band then entered an extensive touring season, which included several presentations all across Europe. Ask No Question, a ten-song EP, arrived a few months prior to Singles Collection, a compilation edited in Europe by Core-Tex/Bad Dog Records. Their successful European jaunts led to a deal with American punk indie BYO, which released the Control Me LP in 2002; the Forgotten followed it up with Out of Print in May 2003. Fairbaugh also toured with Lars Frederiksen and the Transplants on the side before moving on to play in Mercy Killers and +44.

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A Brief History of BYO Records

By Jason Pettigrew, Contributor

When put into the perspective of the history of American hardcore, the Los Angeles-based label BYO didn't make a "popular" impact: You don't hear historians referring to Mark and Shawn Stern's imprint with the same kind of reverence routinely bestowed upon such labels as Dischord and SST. But to dismiss the label as a mere footnote would be way off mark: Since BYO's 1982 launch, the Stern brothers - in their roles as founders of… more »