Album #310: Flipper – Generic Flipper

  • Released: 1982
  • Origin: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Label: Domino
  • Best Track: Life Is Cheap

The debut album from hardcore legends Flipper is much loved by many, with the Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne citing it as one of his all-time top five albums, and Kurt Cobain also known to have been a fan.

I’ve liked what little I’ve heard from the band, including a cover of NOFX’s ‘Hotdog in a Hallway’ that I thought was better than the original.

This album is an important piece of the early ’80s US hardcore jigsaw. Lyrics are confrontational and hard-hitting – like with their contemporaries Black Flag, they often pay little regard to scansion, with some lines cramming too many words in or elongating syllable to fit the rhythm. But, does it matter?

With top tracks including the intense and brutally frank ‘Life is Cheap’ and the raw as hell ‘Nothing’, I can see why the cheekily named Generic Flipper is so highly though of. Rough and ready, it simply rolls up its sleeves and gets on with it.

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