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Flipper flouted even punk's strictures; rising from San Francisco's late-'70s hardcore scene, they forged a fearsome noise that set them apart from the pack. Their 1982 debut album captures the chaos brilliantly. In place of the short, fast blasts that were de rigueur in hardcore, Flipper grind out slow-burning tunes that sometimes pass the five-minute mark, with a dirty, sludgy sound that bears as much in common with '70s space-rockers Hawkwind as it does with The Stooges. From the primal beats to the raw-boned riffs, everything's slightly askew. Amid the nihilism of tunes like "Life Is Cheap" and "Ever," the hints of hope shining through on "Life" and "(I Saw You) Shine" become all the more poignant.

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Rocknroll afterbirth

Truly one of the sleaziest bands in the annals of rock...punk , or otherwise. Where the Jefferson Airplane had a psychedelic light show as a backdrop for their live stage shows, Flipper put up a home movie of some old "stay at home mom" in the midst of giving childbirth. And Falconi drones on with the axiom : Always leave the audience wanting less. Great for emptying a room of unwanted party guests.

This Changed Everything

At Last this has been re-issued and at last its on itunes! This is a classic above classics. Flipper was one of the most fun bands to see back in the day, even on a bad night! True to the core and a must have!

Punk as ****

Truly one of the most absolutely reckless and, in a way, disturbing albums ever. I know that's how I felt when I first heard it, I was shocked and a little frightened, so I left it be and came back to it in a few months to try again, I loved it.

The amount of raw sludge, misanthropy and cynical anger is unmatched to this day. This is the best punk album ever.


Formed: 1978 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

They came, they saw, and they conquered -- sort of. Never topping the charts, nor possessing a huge following, San Francisco's Flipper, even in the '90s alt-rock sweepstakes, would still be considered a fringe act. But, in 1982, they were the toast of rock critics across the country with their post-hardcore punk masterpiece "Sex Bomb." Clocking in at over seven minutes, possessing one riff played over and over (and sloppier and sloppier), with vocalist Will Shatter screaming rather than singing (total...
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