The Hollywood A-Lister Who Was in an Influential 80s Hardcore Punk Band

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Josh Brolin’s journey in Hollywood began with a notable role in “The Goonies” (1985) and has spanned over several decades, marking him as a versatile and respected actor who now has box-office draw as a leading man.

His filmography is marked by a variety of genres and powerful performances. In 2007, he starred in the critically acclaimed “No Country for Old Men,” which solidified his standing as a leading man. Other notable appearances include roles in the Coen Brothers’ “True Grit”, “Men in Black 3″,”Oldboy”, “Deadpool 2”, “DUNE” and more.

Brolin also portrayed the character Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019), both of which were monumental successes both critically and at the box office.

But the A-list actor harbors a less-known past in the hardcore punk scene. During the 1980s, Brolin was a founding member of the hardcore punk band Rich Kids on LSD (RKL). This revelation about his youth contrasts sharply with his later mainstream acting career.

In an interview with Yahoo Movies, Brolin divulged details about his time as a drummer in the band. Rich Kids on LSD was a significant part of the hardcore punk scene, a subculture known for its intense and fast-paced music, often with socio-political lyrics.

In his own words: “I was in the epicenter of it, [the 80s Los Angeles punk scene]  you know? Here [in New York] it was CBGB’s and in L.A. it was [the nightclub] Godzilla’s. And Rich Kids on LSD was the band that I helped start…

And it became a very big band… We were in Santa Barbara at the time, we’d sneak out of the house every third night or whatever, and go down to Godzilla’s. It was pre-grunge, but it was real punk at the time.”

Brolin helped form the band, and was a part of the ride before they fully took off:  “I was part of the garage band that first started playing. And then they went to be known with other drummers and other musicians as R.K.L. And they actually became a fairly well-known punk rock band.”

Per a GQ piece, the actor even got to open for punk legends, Black Flag. “It was a really fun time in my life. Creatively, it was amazing. He also laments that due to the drugs running rampant in the subculture at the time, it was also “very destructive,” and “most of those guys that I knew are gone.”

Brolin’s transition from a punk rock drummer to a Hollywood actor is a fascinating journey, reflecting his diverse talents and interests. This intriguing aspect of his past adds another layer to the actor’s already impressive career, showcasing his versatility not just on-screen but in his personal life as well.