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Hear Dave Grohl drumming on rare 1985 track from D.C. punk band Mission Impossible: Stream

on November 21, 2018, 4:02pm

Much has been made of Dave Grohl’s early-career punk band Scream, which saw its first album reissued earlier this year. It turns out, however, that Scream wasn’t Grohl’s only teenage outlet. As a teen in D.C., Grohl also played drums in a band called Mission Impossible, and Rolling Stone just linked up with Scott Crawford, the filmmaker behind the 2014 documentary Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington, D.C., to share “Now I’m Alone”, a rare 1985 recording from the group.

Short, loud, and propelled by Grohl’s crushing, rapid-fire drum work, “Now I’m Alone” will join other rare tracks from the D.C. punk scene on a Salad Days companion compilation. “Mission Impossible were a phenomenal, albeit short-lived, live band,” Crawford told Rolling Stone. “I went to several of their practices in Virginia and just sat back and watch them go nuts. They were all superb musicians and watching Dave behind the drum kit was always a thrill.”

Now, give a listen to “Now I’m Alone”:

Jawbox, Shudder To Think, and Government issue also appear on the soundtrack, which Crawford curated to highlight “important bands from D.C. whose music defined the era for me.” He added, “Plus, I felt like their music would resonate now with listeners all around the world. At its core, this music is timeless.”

See the tracklist for the album below.

Salad Days Tracklist:
01. Jawbox – Motorist
02. Shudder to Think – Chocolate
03. Double-0 – Death of a Friend
04. Holy Rollers – What You Said
05. Mission Impossible – Now I’m Alone
06. Youth Brigade – It’s About Time That We Had a Change
07. Kingface – Tired
08. Gray Matter – Swann Street” (Live at the Black Cat, 2013)
09. Swiz – Godspeed
10. Government Issue – Where You Live
11. Marginal Man – Under a Shadow
12. United Mutation – Sensations Fix
13. Black Market Baby – Downward Christian Soldiers
14. Fire Party – Drowning Intentions
15. Soulside – Name in Mind
16. Iron Cross – You’re a Rebel
17. Void – Who Are You
18. HR – Epilogue