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Editors’ Notes

From the opening atonal freakout from guitarist Greg Giinn, “Slip It In” continues Black Flag’s determined jump into the free-jazz-metal abyss. While the band began with its roots in the Southern California hardcore punk scene, they were determined to find a new heaviness that would merge Rollins’ dreams of Jim Morrison and John Coltrane with the band’s love for Black Sabbath and the Ramones. But no matter how possessed Rollins comes across — and on “Rat’s Eyes” he sounds plenty possessed — the show still belongs to Greg Ginn who simply tears up the album with one inspired and challenging guitar solo after another. The enthusiastic chug of “Black Coffee,” the bizarre struggle of “Obliteration,” the faux-metal crunch of “The Bars,” the deafening feedback of the hardcore revisit of “My Ghetto” and the epic boogie of the seven-minute “You’re Not Evil” comprise tunes that often slip under the radar but are among the most potent in the Black Flag catalog. The fact that this album appeared in 1984, only several months after My War, made it difficult for people to completely digest what was happening before their ears. With time, these tunes have gained in strength.

Customer Reviews

pure brilliance

a must have for any musician. slip it in really shows the progress black flag made as a band away from their simple three chord format in their eaerly years. this album and my war are completely underated. both are must haves for any flag fan out there.

Ferocious and raw

To me this is the ultimate Black Flag album, a perfect balance between the rage of "Damaged" and the (in my opinion anyway) overly excessive noodling of "Loose Nut" and "In My Head". The songs are a logical extension of the 1-2 minute bursts of rage from their early work; I still feel that "Slip It In" and "Black Coffee" are two of the angriest songs ever written. The longer songs ("Obliteration", "You're Not Evil") get a little repititious, and show where Black Flag would end up, but if you're a fan of early, angry Flag, but the first two songs at least, you won't be sorry. I honestly don't know if I've ever heard music this angry since, a sad commentary on how self-satisfied musicians have become.

Some of Ginn's Best Guitars...

"Slip it In" is all about Greg Ginn's guitar work and a few excellent tracks. The stand-out tracks on this record more than make up for the weaker ones. Stand out tracks: Slip it In, Black Coffee, The Bars Slip it In is a great track, however the whole fake sex thing at the end gets old, really, really quick. The guitar work on this record is amazing. Maybe it's just the way it's recorded but it sounds fantastic. At least w/ itunes you can buy this and not worry about you mom seeing the cover of the record. Damn, I got an earful when i was a kid and she found this one!


Formed: 1977 in Hermosa Beach, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '10s

In many ways, Black Flag was the definitive Los Angeles hardcore punk band. Although their music flirted with heavy metal and experimental noise and jazz more than that of most hardcore bands, they defined the image and the aesthetic. Through their ceaseless touring, the band cultivated the American underground punk scene; every year, Black Flag played in every area of the U.S., influencing countless numbers of bands. Although their recording career was hampered by a draining lawsuit, which was followed...
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