Reagan Youth is an American punk rock band. The band was formed in Queens, New York in early 1980 by singer Dave Rubinstein (Dave Insurgent) and guitarist Paul Bakija (Paul Cripple) with the name Pus . They changed the band name into Reagan Youth before their first gig August 22, 1980 with bassist Andy Bryan (Andy Apathy) and drummer Charlie Bonet (Charlie Tripper). They have been identified as a part of the peace punk movement.
Their first career lasted until 1990, until singer Rubinstein committed suicide three years later following a series of disastrous events. In 1984 Pike and Weissman left the group which they having significant U.S. tour. Bakija reformed the band with bassist Al Pike, drummer Javier Madriaga, and several new members in 2006.
In 2006, Reagan Youth officially reunited with Bakija, Pike, Madriaga and new vocalist Pat McGowen (Pat SpEd).
Reagan Youth played important role in the New York/New Jersey hardcore scene, they performed at CBGB and toured the U.S. widely, regularly with other early punk bands such as the and The Misfits. Beastie Boys and Rancid, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, among other major successful punk rock and alternative rock groups, being considered Reagan Youth as an influence. Reagan Youth was mention by NOFX in their 2003 song, "Franco Un-American".