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The Exploited

With Total Chaos. Thursday, December 16, at Peabody's.

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The Exploited Metal fans may best know the Exploited for writing the worst Slayer song, "Disorder," a 1993 cover of the U.K. punk icons' "our-government-is-fucked" anthem. Old-school punks know them best for their proper debut, 1981's roughshod classic, Punk's Not Dead. New-school punks with some knowledge of old-school punk may know the band's "Sex and Violence" as the music from the opening credits of the punk-memoir film, SLC Punk! It captures the group at its best.

Members of the Exploited came together in the late '70s, and their early sound reflects the sing-along pub-rock roots of their Oi! forefathers. In the early '80s, they were the U.K. poster boys for very tall mohawks. Led by frontman Wattie Buchan, a rotating lineup has carried on intermittently, issuing more than 20 albums, many of them live, most of them footnotes to their debut. On last year's Fuck the System, the band fully embraced the Discharge-style metal influences it had dabbled in over the years. The single "Never Sell Out" even aired on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, leaving the group's few diehard fans to wonder who in the world would pressure a band whose best days are 20 years behind them to sell out now.

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