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In 1982, Dave Dictor of hardcore punk band MDC, conceived a remarkably ambitious project. The International P.E.A.C.E. Benefit Compilation was a two-LP collection that featured songs from 55 bands from around the world featuring songs about the dangers of the global arms race and the threat of nuclear war.
P.E.A.C.E. was an acronym for Peace, Energy, Action, Cooperation, and Evolution and was intended to show that hardcore had grown into a global phenomenon, and that radical music and leftist politics could work hand in hand.
In line with the ideals of the project, Dictor and his R Radical Records label released the album as a fundraiser, with all of the profits from the album, according to a primitive obi-strip style insert shrink wrapped to the original double vinyl release, were slated for various anti-nuclear groups and activities worldwide.
Released in 1984, most of the best and best-known hardcore acts of the day appeared on the P.E.A.C.E. comp, including MDC, Dead Kennedys, Crass, D.O.A., Butthole Surfers, the Dicks, D.R.I., False Prophets, and Subhumans, as well as bands from Italy, Denmark, Argentina, Germany, Spain, Japan, and South Africa. Representing the bleeding edge of hardcore punk in the Reagan era.
The comp also included a 72-page booklet coordinated by the editors of Bay Area punk fanzine Maximum Rock 'n' Roll. It was packed with political rants, cartoons, and suggestions for further reading, making explicit the double-LP's theme of activism and action against a corrupt authority.
Each band is provided with a full page to express their ideas (and plug their wares) with printed lyrics and crudely effective collage art.