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30th-Mar-2010 09:27 pm Who the Hell You Think You Are? by Spuffyduds (NC17)
"What is it? One more shot, and salud?" -Joe Dick

Thanks for riding with me on this wild and crazy trip. Remember to leave feedback for the authors - they all are amazing and really deserve to know how much we appreciate their talent and skill and love of the Billy 'n' Joe trainwreck.

Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 3,075 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds
Author Website: at AO3
Why this must be read: because it's an awesome read, filled with two things that [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds excels at: angst and OMG hot sex, which are staples in Billy and Joe's world. [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds shows us flashes of their lives, from hormonally charged teenagers to grown men with handcuffs, the love-hate dynamic between them, and the climatic destruction of Hard Core Logo's chance at fame and fortune.

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Who the Hell You Think You Are?
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30th-Mar-2010 12:46 pm Think with your Dick, by Belmanoir (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/OFC, Billy/Joe
Length: 167 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] belmanoir
Author Website: web site
Why this must be read: because it's short, to the point and funny as hell. Funny HCL stories are hard to find, well-written funny stories are even rarer.

Think with your Dick
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30th-Mar-2010 07:41 am Hard Core Logo/For Those Who Hunt The Wounded Down (NC17)
Title: return the favor/bitter reward
Pairing: Joe Dick/Jerry Bines
Length: 277 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] veruska70
Author Website: web site
Why this must be read: because it's an painful look at Joe without Billy - the need and the loss - as he meets up with a man more desperate and lost that he is, a man who looks at Joe and thinks safe. Bitter and bleak, [livejournal.com profile] veruska70 spins a tale of absolute despair and hopelessness.

return the favor/bitter reward
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30th-Mar-2010 01:30 am November 3, 1979, by Rubberbutton (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 800 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rubberbutton
Author Website: fic list
Why this must be read: because it's believable backstory for Billy and Joe, filled with hard times and anger, with an underlying current of exapserated affection between the two of them, regardless of poor impulse control and groupies.

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November 3, 1979.
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29th-Mar-2010 08:10 pm Echoes, by Llassah (PG13)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Characters: Billie, Joe
Length: 1,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] llassah
Author Website: fic tag
Why this must be read: because pretty much anything that [livejournal.com profile] llassah writes is awesome. She has a way with words that transcends storytelling and moves into the realm of art.

Here she writes of Billie, daughter of Mary-the-Fan. Billie, who is often suspected of being Billy's offspring, or possibily even Joe's. Billie, who grows up haunted.

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Echoes
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29th-Mar-2010 12:47 pm Personnel Changes, by Spuffyduds (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: none
Length: 299 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds
Author Website: at AO3
Why this must be read: because Spuffy can take the premise of zombies, add them to the Hard Core Logo universe, give everything a brisk shake and produce this - a simply amazing story of terror and blood, fear and ZOMBIES, all under 300 words.

Personnel Changes
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29th-Mar-2010 07:41 am Ain't Nobody Listenin', by Belmanoir (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe implied
Length: 1,230 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] belmanoir
Author Website: web site
Why this must be read: because sometimes you just have to do what the dream zombies tell you to do. Plus, the idea of Joe giving tax advice is hysterically funny. This disturbing and blackly humorous story is a loose sequel to New Suit, Cufflinks, and a New Tie but stands on its own.

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Ain't Nobody Listenin'
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29th-Mar-2010 01:42 am Nothing But Distance and Skyline, by BrynnMcK (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: around 2,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] brynnmck
Author Website: web site
Why this must be read: because sometimes there is a point in which the universe holds it breathe, caught at a crossroad. The moment is full of potential - the potential to continue downward into a painful, bloody trainwreck strewn with body parts or to turn left and forge a new path into the light.

This is Billy and Joe, though. It can't end well, no matter how much we'd like things to be different. Brynn shows us their choices, and drags us along to watch as Billy and Joe teeter on that knife's edge...

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Nothing But Distance and Skyline
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28th-Mar-2010 09:25 pm The Secret Life of Joe Dick (or, The Big Con), by Sage (NC17)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 6,260 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sageness
Author Website: web site
Why this must be read: because Sage is one of the best writers in any fandom and this is a well-thought out, well-researched, perfectly conceived and excuted fix-it story, a totally believable what-might-have-been. This is one of the first stories I ever read in the HCL fandom, and remains one of my favorites for its skewed but perfectly realistic view of the events of the movie.

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The Secret Life of Joe Dick (or, The Big Con).
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28th-Mar-2010 04:24 pm VID REC: Hard Core Logo - The Kill
Vidder: KC
Musical artist: 30 Seconds To Mars
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Vidder of LJ: [livejournal.com profile] crickets
Vidder's Website: Stupid Happy or maybe Lens Flair, Inc. Dunno.
Why this vid kicks ass: because watching Billy and Joe hurts, and [livejournal.com profile] crickets paints that hurt in sharp relief with music and clever editing and a grunged-up lens.

This is a sort-of spirtual companion piece to [livejournal.com profile] gigglemoster's Blurry and both of these videos show how awesome the art of fanvids can be. Both are technically brilliant and inspired.

The Kill
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28th-Mar-2010 11:40 am hindsight, by Sionnain (NC17)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 300 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sionnain
Author Website: fic journal
Why this must be read: because it's hot and wrong and raw and OMG, did I mention hot and wrong? A fucked-up, knotted tangle of need and want and domination and lust. Perfectly wrong, but perfectly in tune for Billy and Joe.

hindsight
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28th-Mar-2010 01:22 am The Taste of Smoke, by Umbrella_half (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] umbrella_half
Author Website: none
Why this must be read: because [livejournal.com profile] umbrella_half has written the most creepy and sensual Hard Core Logo story, ever. And really, creepy and sensual shouldn't go together, but somehow, [livejournal.com profile] umbrella_half makes it work.

Billy is hypnotized by this Joe, this new Joe, a Joe with wings and black, black eyes...*shivers*

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The Taste of Smoke.
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27th-Mar-2010 02:22 pm VID REC: Hard Core Logo - How It Ends
Vidder: R.B.
Musical artist: DeVotchKa
Pairing: none, or all, depending on the viewer
Vidder of LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rubberbutton
Vidder's Website: none
Why this vid kicks ass: because R.B. chose a somewhat unusual slow and melancholy song for her vid, and then edited together the perfect clips to show us the band's journey through Canada, the good times and the bad, the laughter and tears and anger. A bittersweet view of the movie, and of the band.

How It Ends (current dl link available at the end of comments to the post).
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27th-Mar-2010 11:32 am Wind Them Up And Let Them Go, by little-b (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: none
Length: 900 words or so
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] buzzylittleb
Author Website: The Leisure Hive
Why this must be read: because it's a lyrical and twisted view of Billy, broken and psychopathic, schizophrenic and wrong. It's an insightful story, showing us glimpses of Billy's mind among the shards of a broken mirror.

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Wind Them Up And Let Them Go
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26th-Mar-2010 09:30 pm VID REC: Hard Core Logo - Blurry
Vidder: Dayln
Musical artist: Puddle of Mudd
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Vidder of LJ: [livejournal.com profile] gigglemonster
Vidder's Website: Lens Flair Inc
Why this vid kicks ass: because Dayln has an extremely deft hand with timing and editing, bringing them together to create this slow, downward spiral of Billy and Joe's disintegrating relationship. She manages to perfectly capture the love, the hate and everything in between, and set it to music.

Blurry
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25th-Mar-2010 11:05 pm Wash Cycle, by Nos4a2no9 (PG)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 200 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] nos4a2no9
Author Website: fish out of water
Why this must be read: because Nos is the queen of angst and she totally lives up to her reputation with this short post-movie snippet.

Nos has a delicate touch with words, excelling at painting a description with few words, setting the stage and letting the characters live and breath on their own.

Wash Cycle
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22nd-Mar-2010 06:55 am The Sun Will Rise From Here, by BrynnMcK (NC17)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: ~2,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] brynnmck
Author Website: web site.
Why this must be read: because it's a perfect example of how fucked up the relationship between these two is, how full of lust and love and hate and need and jealousy. Brynn nails the characterizations perfectly, and reading this is like watching a train wreck about to happen.

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The Sun Will Rise From Here
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20th-Mar-2010 05:27 pm Necessary Velocity, by Veruska70 (NC17)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 238 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] verushka70
Author Website: web site
Why this must be read: because Verushka is an terrific writer who manages to capture the heart and soul of the fucked-up relationship that Billy and Joe have. Here she manages to capture a rare moment of not-anger between them and it's real and believable.

Necessary Velocity
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18th-Mar-2010 07:05 am New Suit, Cufflinks, and a New Tie, by Belmanoir (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 334 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] belmanoir
Author Website: website
Why this must be read: because it's a short but powerful glimpse of Billy post-movie, Billy sans Joe, Billy trying to hold things together only to have everything slip away the tighter he grabs.

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New Suit, Cufflinks, and a New Tie
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17th-Mar-2010 09:51 pm A Tragedy in Five Acts, by Rubberbutton (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 5,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rubberbutton
Author Website: fic list
Why this must be read: because RB gives us a hard and fast look at the some of the backstory behind Billy and Joe - as teenagers reinventing themselves, young punks just starting out. We see Joe's fixation on Bucky Haight and Billy's utter disdain of Joe's idol. RB shows us the aftermath of Joe's grand fuck-you gesture in New York, and closes the story with a brief view of Joe and Billy on the reunion tour just before the movie spirals out of control and smashes everything to glittering shards of glass.

A Tragedy in Five Acts
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15th-Mar-2010 08:29 pm Hard Core Logo/Wilby Wonderful (PG13)
Title: There's a Leak in Every Boat, by Exeterlinden
Pairing: Joe/Duck
Length: ~2,700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] exeterlinden
Author Website: Linden at AO3
Why this must be read: because the idea should be wildly improbably, but isn't. Linden does an excellent job of creating a close, claustrophobic atmosphere between Joe and Duck, with both of them running from their lives, their hopes and their dreams.

This is a raw, painful story, so true to both of their characters. Both Joe and Duck are young and hurting, on their own and lost. For one brief moment, they manage to find a rough kind of solace in each other before going their separate ways.

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There's a Leak in Every Boat.
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14th-Mar-2010 11:11 am Looking Into The Sun, by Salieri (NC17)
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: ~2,300 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] troyswann
Author Website: Outside The Box
Why this must be read: because Salieri is another author who is amazingly talented. She has this sublime way with words, something that moves beyond the mundane telling of a story into art, and beyond.

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Looking Into The Sun
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12th-Mar-2010 12:45 am Four Men in Three Boats, by Llassah (PG13)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe implied
Length: 1000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] llassah
Author Website: Her HCL tag
Why this must be read: because [livejournal.com profile] llassah is an absolute wonder with words. HCL isn't a fandom that produces a lot of lyrical works; HCL is usually more about rough-and-tumble bathroom sex and bar fights and Billy and Joe and their eternal struggle for dominance over each other.

But [livejournal.com profile] llassah has a way with words no matter what fandom she is writing and this story is no exception. It's a beautiful post-movie tale, sketching in the lives of the band after Joe's final "fuck you" gesture, tracing their paths and the choices they make, the lives they live.

It's sad and powerful, and one of the most stangely satisfying HCL stories I've ever read. And it remains my favorite for the way it moves me.


Four Men in Three Boats.
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9th-Mar-2010 10:18 pm 12 Rules, by Dugrival (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 240 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] dugrival
Author Website: none
Why this must be read: because it's all about Billy's control, or lack of it. This amazing little snippet shows the contrasting duality of Billy: professional musician in L.A. and punk rock legend in Vancouver. [livejournal.com profile] dugrival manages to capture some of the forces that drive Billy to the extremes of his life. All in less than 300 words.

Here are rules for a man who refuses to follow them.

12 Rules
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7th-Mar-2010 01:12 pm I said nothing lasts forever (and I meant it), by Sionnain (NC17)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: about 3,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sionnain
Author Website: [livejournal.com profile] sionnain_fics
Why this must be read: because at the heart of every Hard Core Logo fic is another set of pairings that we don't see very often: Joe/drugs and Billy/alcohol. This story explores Joe's relationship with drugs: speed, coke and now, heroin. There's an ugly kind of beauty in this story, in Billy finding Joe on the floor of a filthy bathroom eyes wide open but vacant, the iris of his eyes a thin band of blue around black, in Joe sitting on a crappy couch, works spread out on the coffee table in front of him as he struggles to stay conscious.

[livejournal.com profile] sionnain explores a little of Joe's life on heroin, a bitter foreshadowing of the uncontrollable spiral his life will take years later, swirling around the drain.

I said nothing lasts forever (and I meant it)
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4th-Mar-2010 11:32 pm Destination, by Spuffyduds (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Billy/Joe
Length: 800 words
Author on LJ:[livejournal.com profile] spuffyduds
Author Website: at AO3
Why this must be read: Spuffy is one of my favorite authors in this fandom, and it's no surprise why. This little gem is so true to Joe's personality that it hurts in the most painful way, like a knife to the eye.

It's a post-movie story; Joe's gone and Billy's trying to find his footing in a world that he can't connect with anymore. Until Joe shows back up, smirking and laughing and so real, and Billy finds something worth living for again. Sorta.

Mind the warnings on this one.

Destination
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1st-Mar-2010 10:30 pm Rock 'n' Roll Suicide. by Exeterlinden (NC17)
4 guys - 5 nights - 3000 miles - 764 gallons of gas - 987 bottles of beer - 3457 cigarettes - 1 last shot

Hard Core Logo hasn't been recced here on [livejournal.com profile] crack_van since October 2006 and in the more than three years since then, the fandom has undergone change, as fandoms tend to do. Some of the writers from back then have moved on to other fandoms, new writers have appeared and I'm going to try to highlight some of the excellent stories and amazing authors that have accompanied the passage of time.

If you're new to the fandom, consider watching the movie before reading any fic. Most of the stories written are spoilerish for the ending. For futher info, check out the fandom overview or the write up at [livejournal.com profile] the_ckr_files. The main communities for new fic are [livejournal.com profile] groupsession, [livejournal.com profile] ds_snippets, and [livejournal.com profile] c6d_universe.

Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: implied Billy/Joe
Length: 4k words plus pictures
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] exeterlinden
Author Website: Exeterlinden on AO3
Why this must be read: this was [livejournal.com profile] exeterlinden's entry into last summer's [livejournal.com profile] midsummer2009 c6d fic exchange and it is brilliant. Written and illustrated as a nine page Rolling Stone article, it coolly and dispassionately analyzes the events leading up to the movie and after, deconstructing the band, the music, and the intense dynamic between Billy and Joe, all laid out neatly in the pages of a slick magazine.

It's the fame that Billy had always sought.

Rock 'n' Roll Suicide
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16th-Nov-2008 06:53 pm Due South/Hard Core Logo (NC-17)
I'm a little late with the crossover, but I hope it's still all right to post it.

Title: Don't Look Straight At It
Pairing: Fraser/Kowalski, Fraser/Billy Tallent
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] verushka70
Why this must be read: This is a long story from Team Angst in last year's due South Match. Fraser and Ray's friendship is balancing precariously on the edge of becoming something more, and Billy comes into it like a sort of catalyst.

The story has an interesting structure, starting with a section in omniscient POV that I found particularly intriguing--it's set after the ending of the story, but manages to reveal exactly enough to draw you in without spoiling you for the plot. The rest of the story alternates between Ray and Fraser POV, but the sections jump back and forth in time. This may sound confusing, but it's really not--I found the story hard to put down!

Don't Look Straight At It
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15th-Aug-2008 04:49 pm The Simple Life, by Zoetrope NC-17
This was the second fic I added to the list of stories I wanted to recommend, back in April- then, within a couple of weeks, the archive it was on was taken down and the story, I assumed, disappeared. So I spent the next couple of months looking for another crossover to recommend which I liked as well, which had not already been recommended here. Then, in a conversation at [livejournal.com profile] ds_ficfinders, [livejournal.com profile] akamine_chan pointed me to the author's lj and there it was! D'oh!

Fandom: DUE SOUTH/HARD CORE LOGO X-over
Pairing:Benton Fraser/Billy Tallent
Length: about 1500 words?
Author on LJ:[livejournal.com profile] zoetrope
Author Website:none, alas
Why this must be read:Because anomy and dysthemia are rarely shown to such good purpose, because Fraser's assumptions about his own identity and understanding of the world get shaken to their foundations, to good effect, because Billy Tallent gets to be sane and competent and more virtuous than is often assumed.

He waits on the top step of the staircase for Billy to get home, and the longer it takes the more worried he gets; what was he thinking? )

The Simple Life
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31st-Oct-2006 06:24 pm Snow Falling by Sister Wolf (R)
Fandom: HARD CORE LOGO
Pairing: Joe/Billy
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sister_wolf
Author Website: Fanfiction by Sister Wolf

Why this must be read:
Alex has a great ear for dialog, so that's one reason I dig her writing in any fandom, but especially appreciate her skill in this fandom.

But the real reason I wanted to end the month of recs on this story? This is as sweet as Joe/Billy gets, and I want to leave you with this one because Joe/Billy is still the reason I fell for this fictional universe, even as messed up as those two deeply flawed men are.

Snow Falling
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