Hardline was a subcultural offshoot of the hardcore punk music scene during the late 1980s/early 1990s espousing a really strange mix of beliefs.
The roots of hardline were in straight edge, the segment of the hardcore punk scene which shunned drugs and alcohol. One group within straight edge tacked on veganism, shunning meat in addition to drugs and alcohol. Out of that emerged "hardline", which tacked all of the following simultaneously onto the vegan branch of straight edge: opposition to abortion, hard green biocentric views, homophobia, opposition to any sexual intercourse outside of heterosexual marriage, animal rights, opposition to cigarette smoking, pacifism, and pursuit of eastern spiritual disciplines such as Zen Buddhism and Taoism. Some of them also opposed masturbation, shunned products like coffee, chocolate, and sugar, and expressed their across the board militancy on everything by wearing camouflage clothing. Some of them decided to start taking "direct action" against people they saw drinking, smoking, eating meat, or using drugs at hardcore shows. Eventually the movement, such as it was, fell apart when some of its leading lights discovered Islam and converted, leaving the hardcore punk scene in the process.
The scene had associated hardcore bands, one of which was Vegan Reich - which pretty much sums it up. Vegan Reich were occasionally suspected of being a parody along the lines of Crucial Youth but in fact were quite serious and already espousing views more extreme than Crucial Youth at their heyday
Most other straight edgers considered "hardline" to be a huge embarrassment.
- Yes, they published a manifesto.
- ↑ Here are some Vegan Reich lyrics, for more stupid than you ever thought imaginable.
- ↑ http://www.whomakesthenazis.com/2011/06/slimelight-campaigns-some.html
- ↑ http://www.uncarved.org/blog/2005/02/punk-comics-3/