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Black Flag’s debut release is an aptly titled masterstroke to Southern California class separation and the alpha-male working-class aggression to rise above it. Riff-riot furies like “I’ve Had It” and “Nervous Breakdown” showed a band that understood the rock ’n’ roll dictum that rage doesn’t work unless it’s embedded in authenticity (as well as humor). Hoarse shouter Keith Morris (who soon left the band to form The Circle Jerks) and guitarist Greg Ginn whittled down rock ’n’ roll to its purest essentials, which was just enough to help inspire a generation of disgruntled American kids to form punk bands.

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Oh joy

The way this orchestra plays is superb. I'm moved to tears. Very relaxing. I have no ear drums you see but I can feel the vibrations.

One of the great EPs of our time

It truly is, from Greg Ginn's opening (as usual, bone grinding) guitar intro of "Nervous Breakdown" to the 49 second wail of "Wasted", every song here is a true classic and essential for any burdgeoning punk-rock fan. You can hardly call yourself otherwise if you do not own these songs!

the memories....

of Southern California punk! Skateboards, pimped beer and Black Flag. I was a great time to be growing up. BUY THIS!


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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