Youth of Today were a straight edge hardcore band from the late 1980s, the most important of their generation. YOT, which was led by singer Ray Cappo and guitarist John Porcell, codified the aesthetic of what straight edge hardcore was and would continue to be, even to the present day. It began with their debut 7" Cant Close My Eyes in 1985 but was cemented with their debut LP in 1986, Break Down The Walls. Originally released by Wishingwell Records and later reissued by the band's own Revelation Records, it was as genre defying as it was genre defining: it was steeped in US hardcore lore in a time when hardcore was going in more metallic directions. And it had positive, straight edge lyrics. The record is a classic. They followed it up two years later with their sophomore LP We're Not In This Alone on Caroline Records. At that point, the band had finally solidified their lineup with Walter Schreifels from Gorilla Biscuits on bass and Sammy Siegler from Side By Side on drums. They recorded one more EP on Ray's on Revelation Records before calling it a day. The band has since reunited several times and have remained active touring in recent years. This original Youth Of Today shirt, in great condition, features a live picture of Ray Cappo, the band's singer.