Law & Order

  • Band / Solo Performer
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Member since: 01/18/2014 Year Founded: 1979



  • Original material: 01 hrs : 00 min
  • Cover material: 00 hrs : 00 min
  • CDs released: 1
  • CDs sold: 3000
  • Digital songs sold: 10
  • Original Songs:
  • Average Draw: 40
  • Largest crowd: 1,000
  • Have sound: No PA


The Short Life of Law & Order

David Clark who was friends with Chris Stover, John Weiffenbach, and Sean Finnegan (members of Void) was the connection to Mike Finnegan. Mike Finnegan was in the same class with William Dagher at Loyola Blakefield which was a Jesuit run High School. Law & Order was formed by taking Beat Digger and William Dagher from the Bollocks and combining them with David Clark and Mike Finnegan. Columbia, Maryland which is now the second wealthiest county in the United States, was the breeding ground for both Void and Law & Order. From 1980 to the Summer of 19981, the two bands played a few shows together in Columbia, Maryland and also played a few shows in the Washington DC Straight Edge Scene along with Bad Brains, Minor Threat, State of Alert (SOA), Red C, Youth Brigade, Iron Cross

Law & Order was a top 5 pick in Flipside Magazine in 1981 by Al Kowalewski and it was an honor and privilege to have our EP displaced alongside the Dead Kennedys, the Descendants and BlackFlag.

Law & Order was the first Fetal Records release and the most successful one. Law & Oder sold more records than any other Fetal Records artist. Law & Order had an opportunity to participate in the Discord Label Flex Your Head compilation album but according to Dave Clark there was some issue with the tape format of the recording. There may not have been a Fetal Records, if Law & Order was released on Discord.

The highlight of Law & Order’s short life was the opportunity to play at the April 4th, 1981 Wilson Center Show that HR from the Bad Brains had set up. This one show was a catalyst to the trail blazing careers of the Bad Brains, Ian MacKay, Henry Rollins, and Brian Baker currently of Bad Religion.

As part of the Fetal Records revival Law & Order have released three new songs in 2015 with more to come.


March 17, 2015

LAW AND ORDER/Anything But The Critic’s Choice (Fetal Records) This originally came out in the 80’s and some killer hardcore music. Just pure blasts of furious music that blows away these hardcore bands of today. The riffs and music brought me back to the early 80’s even before the crossover explosion. I love the bass sound on this and the pissed off vocals are great unlike that stupid tough guy vocal style of today. Any fan into real hardcore would want this for sure.

Baltimore City Paper

June 01, 2000
Pamela Purdy
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"Hardcore comes to Baltimore..., this looks like the only local band to follow in the fast and furious footsteps of the Teen Idles, et al." City Paper, 1980

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