Lavalette Covers ‘Malfunction’ By The Legendary Cro-Mags

Hardcore survivors-turned-poppers play with fire by covering a NYHC classic.  

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

Lavalette, the New York based pop outfit featuring New York Hardcore stalwart Mike Dijan (as well as some other hardcore folks) have recently lit quite a fire under the ass of controversy by covering, in ultra pop style, the classic song “Malfunction” by the legendary NYHC band The Cro-Mags.

Some think this is an awesome tribute; some want these folks shot on site. In fact Ex-Cro-Mags leader John Joseph has no problem with the cover, while  Ex-Cro-Mags bassist Harley Flanagan hates the song. Wow, those two disagree on something, shocker there.

Personally I have no beef with this song. It’s respectful, catchy, and if it blew up on a pop level it might get some money to the Cro-Mags guys. Nobody deserves to make some money off their creation more than they do. Few bands have been as influential as Cro-Mags and Age Of Quarrel is a classic record in any genre.

The whole beef with this song has reminded me of one thing: Most hardcore kids, old and new, have no sense of humor about themselves or their scene. What’s your opinion? What do you think of the track? Let us know.