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In My Head

Black Flag

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iTunes Editors’ Notes

The final Black Flag studio album shows just how far the band had come. Their Southern California hardcore punk roots had practically vanished while the band’s interest in tough metallic walls of guitar riffs and free-jazz guitar solos made them a challenging listen for all concerned. The guitar lines of “Paralyzed” sound like actual taunts as they skirt singer Henry Rollins’ tortured howls. “The Crazy Girl” follows with further twisted riffage and bizarre vocal lines that veer between mumbled, spoken passages and impassioned screams. “Black Love” sounds like an inverted scale gone awry, “White Hot” sounds like what Black Flag would envision as a radio hit. The original album featured just nine cuts, but subsequent editions have included the I Can See You EP, stretching the total number to twelve cuts. The album’s highlight remains “Drinking and Driving,” a sarcastic anthem to people who get behind the wheel drunk and kill. It came as a great surprise that this was the group’s final album, as all the pieces were clearly locked into their own peculiar groove.

Customer Reviews

the only flag you need to fly

I've listened to this album at least 100 times and it never gets old. Probably because it reminds me of my depressing high school life... drunk dialing the hot guy from English class, binge drinking and writing bad, bad poetry. If you can sit there and listen to "White Hot" and not want to rip your heart out you were obviously either the gay drama kid or the girl who listened to New Kids. Sometimes I sit at work, in my little grey cubicle surrounded by other little grey cublicles, and listen to "In My Head" over and over and over and over...

Almost unlistenable

Don't get me wrong, Black Flag is easily one of my favorite bands. But this album is almost unlistenable. Henry Rollins speaks in spooky voices through some haunted house echo effect as Greg Ginn noodles aimlessly up and down the fretboard. There's almost no energy to it, and you can tell that creatively the band had hit a brick wall by this point. It's hard to tell where the songs are going half the time, which wouldn't be a bad thing except they don't end up going anywhere. My recommendation: for the biggest Black Flag fans who need the whole catalog ONLY. If not, buy Damaged, Slip It In, Loose Nut, or My War.

The Most Interesting

Along with Loose Nut and The Process of Weeding Out, In My Head seems to push Black Flag's experimentation to its height. This is definitly not the right album for a fan into the early stuff like Damaged but for the later fans such as myself this is an album that you should get right away. Ginn is way more crazy than in Loose Nut and Rollins seems to almost preach to you in his lyrics. A truely amazing album to the people into different stuff.

Biography

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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