Michael Hampton (punk musician)

Michael Hampton (Punk Musician)

Michael Hampton (punk musician)

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For the Funkadelic guitarist see Michael Hampton


Michael Hampton is a guitarist in the Washington, DC hardcore punk scene.

His first notable effort was playing guitar in The Extorts in early 1980. There are a few live recordings and a demo tape as evidence of their existence. After The Extorts broke up, Hampton and Henry Garfield (later to become Henry Rollins) formed a new group called S.O.A. (State of Alert) and they released a 7" on Dischord records. When S.O.A. split up, Henry Garfield changed his surname to Rollins and moved to Los Angeles as singer of legendary band Black Flag.

Hampton then joined fellow DC punks Alec MacKaye (brother of Ian MacKaye), Eddie Janney, Chris Bald and Ivor Hansen and formed The Faith who released two recordings on the Dischord label - a split LP with VOID and the Subject to Change 12". This group broke up in 1983. Hampton soon joined Ian Mackaye, Ivor Hansen and Chris Bald in another D.C. group called Embrace. Along with Rites of Spring, Embrace is credited as a seminal emo group, however Ian Mackaye found the term "emocore" disgusting and did not accept the label whatsoever. A posthumously released album appeared on Dischord, long after they had split up.

Hampton then joined a short lived project called One Last Wish, composed of three ex members of Rites of Spring. This band lasted only a matter of months, but they had recorded one demo which was released some years later on Dischord.

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