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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B001G2S42M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The first record from San Francisco's legendary Flipper, originally released in 1982. Post-hardcore? Post-punk? Art-rock? Despite being a part of SF's punk scene Flipper were really only punk in spirit, eschewing conventions and making no concessions. Sludgy, distorted, atonal, noise rock jams that sound as urgent and heavy as they must have 25 years ago. A huge influence on bands such as Nirvana and The Melvins (their current lineup includes Krist Novoselic on bass). Album - Generic Flipper contains the classics Sex Bomb, and Life.

Customer Reviews

A Flipper show was always an experience.
Roger Kummert
Flipper were very clever at disguising the fact that they could write and play intelligent, clever music.
Patrick W. Schubert
This is, qutie simply, one of the best albums ever recorded.
DisturbedMonkey

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DisturbedMonkey on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Flipper were, without a doubt, one of the best eighties punk bands. You've never heard of them? Thats quite surprising considering Kurt Cobain freqeuntly mentioned them in interviews, REM covered sex bomb and Jello Biafra once stated that Flipper were one of the best bands in the punk scene.

It is a shame this band gets almost no recognition, because they really do stand out from the generic thrash hardcore that the punk scene almost entirely consisted of at the time. Instead of playing speed punk, Flipper took the hardcore sound of bands like black flag, minor threat and the germs and slowed it down. The music may take awhile to get into as it sounds so different from anything else. I didnt like Flipper when I first heard them, but I gave them a few more listens and now I love them.

What you hear once you play this album is loud basslines against Ted Falconi's quiet, distorted guitar, with Steve DePace hammering away at the drums. Over all this you hear either Bruce or Will ranting about the meaningless of existence in a cruel and uncaring universe. Just take a look at some of the lyrics to Way of the World: "There are eyes that cannot see and fingers that cannot touch. Thats the way of the world. There are dreams left empty and blank and legs that have ceased to walk. Thats the way of the world." The mood of every song on this album is the same, apart from sex bomb, where Bruce Loose Tries to shake listeners out of the depression that listening to the other songs are likely to have caused by playing a happy song.

This is, qutie simply, one of the best albums ever recorded. Pity its out of print. But then again, not many people are aware of Flipper's existence. If you want to hear generic hardcore, go and buy a CD of some band called Negative Youth or something like that. If you want to hear a band who dared tobe different, then check out Flipper. Every song on this album is great.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Roger Kummert on July 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I saw the band on tour for this album. I also had the pleasure of seeing them several other times. A Flipper show was always an experience. Always a party atmosphere. I remember Bruce standing up and announcing that the show would start once someone bought the band a round of pitchers of beer. After about five minutes of ranting at the audience someone gave in a bought the round. Bruce proceeded to chug his down before going into a brilliant rendition of "I Don't Want to Live If I Can't Get Drunk". The whole band had obviously been partying prior to the show and before the end of the set the only member of the band on stage was Will. The rest of the band had either passed out or fallen off the stage only to be replaced by a member of the audience. One of the best rock shows ever!
This album captures the true spirit of the band better than any other material they released- except maybe the "There was an Old Lady" single. "Sex Bomb" is one of the greatest rock songs ever recorded and the rest of the album is just as good. The musicianship is minimal and incompetent, the lyrics are insightful and the album should only be played at maximum volume. It is even better if you are drunk.
This band was one of the most important in all of hardcore. When this music first came out the hardcore scene was quite diverse and the music had not yet developed into a "formula". Bands took different paths to reach the intensity and chaos that this whole movement represented. Flipper took the route past the keg of beer at your backyard barbeque.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Virgil on March 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
A landmark of post-punk music from Flipper. They never made anything this good again, but then again they didn't need to. I hadn't listened in ages, this weekend got a copy and rediscovered what passionate music came out of the whole post-punk movement.
Just read the reviews here and you can see the impact this had and still has on some of us.
I'm forty-two years old and an attorney in DC. Hearing Flipper again after twenty years made me remember what I once felt about music and about life.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Levy on March 16, 2003
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This album pretty much saved my life as a teen. I discovered it four years after it was released. A friend passed a tape of it my way, and the lyrics to the first song, "Ever," really spoke to me. It described my life completely: "Ever think you're smart, and find out that you aren't? Ever play the fool, and find out that you're worse? Ever look at a flower and hate it? Ever see a couple kissing and get sickened by it? Ever wish the human race didn't exist? Then realize you're one too?" Then singer Bruce Loose hits it home: "Well? Have you? I have. So what?" I had discovered what I called "desperation punk," a band so disillusioned with the world and themselves that their music reflected it. Just like "Jackass" being born from being disenchanted suburban youth, so was this music. Forget trying to make a difference like hardcore punk was trying to do; this band was saying, "Screw it all!" I was inspired by it all, learning that reality isn't what it always seems from "Life is Cheap" and "Way of the World." The rest of the album is a descent into deperation and, at times, hope ("Life," "I Saw You Shine"). Then it ends with one of the truest epic punk songs ever, "Sex Bomb," a jam that will make even the staunchest of punk fans want to get up and dance. This album may not have changed the world, but it certainly changed this impressionable youth's life in 1986.
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