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Flip Your Wig

Hüsker DüAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SST Records
  • ASIN: B000000M0N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brutality was always the central selling point for this loud and fast Minneapolis trio, but there was a strange development after five years on the independent SST Records. Melodies happened. The last album before jumping to big Warner Bros. Records, 1985's Flip Your Wig contains some of guitarist Bob Mould's strongest songcraft, from the cracked chorus of "Makes No Sense at All" to the big-rock chords of the sociopolitical power lesson "Divide and Conquer." Though Hüsker's raw production and biting lyrics helped them avoid punk charges of "selling out," this album hints at traditional pop values. --Steve Knopper

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another amazing album after Zen Arcade & New Day Rising February 15, 2000
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
It constantly blows me away how damn good Husker Du was. I mean, they played their music as if it could be everything at once -- the power of punk, the sheer melody of pop, and the emotions of alternative. And darned if they didn't succeed. This album is probably the best "introduction" to the Huskers from a normal rock fan's point of view -- not as sprawling as "Warehouse," but not as hard as ZA and NDR.
Perfect songs: Every Everything. Makes No Sense at all. Green Eyes. Divide and Conquer. Games. Find Me. Flexible Flyer. I could listen to these beautiful powerful songs over and over. Husker Du were my Beatles -- brilliant fusionists, singers, songwriters, and performers. Here's why.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the band's very best January 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Flip Your Wig was the second album that Husker Du released in 1985, and was also the first in which usual producer Spot had no involvement in. From the very first notes that open the title track, Flip Your Wig certainly sounds a bit cleaner, since this time the band themselves had a larger contribution in the production. Gone is the harsh intensity of the last few albums, here, they've replaced it with a richer guitar tone and have gotten a fuller drum sound. While the album is less intense than its predecessor New Day Rising, the Huskers make up for it by delivering their strongest set of songs yet. They also take lessons from the more melodic tracks from the previous album (namely "Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill" and "Celebrated Summer," two of my favorite Husker Du songs, by the way) and expand on that palette by adding even more melody. "Makes No Sense At All" and "Flexible Flyer" are certainly catchy enough, but after hearing the moody euphoria of "Green Eyes," I came to the realization that Bob Mould and Grant Hart are the best songwriting duo since John Lennon and Paul McCartney (I'm serious about this). I love the Beatles, but any band who writes songs like "Green Eyes" and "Celebrated Summer" are certainly worthy of a rivalry with the Fab Four.
Flip Your Wig downplays the aggressive punk attack of the previous few albums. Even the punkier numbers like "Every Everything" and "Hate Paper Doll" keep the melodies right up there in the front. However, if you think I'm saying that the Huskers have gone soft, you are quite mistaken. They attack the songs with as much ferocity as ever, this time around, they've brought the melodies more up to the front.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Husker Du at their melodic best November 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"Zen Arcade" still may be the purest distillation of Husker Du's visceral sonic assualt, but "Wig" was the album that finally showcased Mould and Hart's unique melodic sensibilties. For those unfamiliar with the Husker Du legacy, "Flip Your Wig" is maybe their most accessible effort and a good place to start."Flip Your Wig" balances their trademark guitar roar with wonderfully catchy pop hooks to help create some garage classics (Makes No Sense, Flexible Flyer, Keep Hangin On) This combination of punk spirit and sing-song melody is certainly a familiar formula to children of 90's alt-rock, but at the time (1985) these guys were helping push the boandaries of rock music. Unfortunately, whereas Zen Arcades sound has held up well over the last 15 years, time probably will not be so kind to "Flip Your Wig". The production is horrific. At the time "Wig" was released it was considered a huge step up from the no-frills basement sounds of "Zen". Today it is "Zen" that sounds fresh and edgy, while "Flip Your Wig" is often dated with an 80's-era sludginess. What a shame. These are their best songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flip Your Wig - One of Huskers Best October 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
This is the great over looked album of Husker Du's original SST releases and my favorite. I think it is so overlooked because it followed Zen Acade and New Day Rising. Fip Your Wig was the very first Husker Du album I ever heard and the first song I heard was Find Me - I heard it on KNLU in Monroe, LA. (One of the best college stations in the world at the time - I think they were kickin' out all of 25 watts.) Find Me did for me what it asks. In a soup of Smiths and Hairmetal the open chords of Find Me screamed like nothing I had ever hear before. The rest of the songs do not disapoint with one exception, The Baby Song. One particular standout is Divide and Conquer - it will have you shaking your head and pounding the steering wheel on the way to work! This album/CD, what ever the format stands up very well even 20 years later.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes plenty of sense June 26, 2003
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This is the album on which, for me, Husker Du tied all the strands of their raucouc, melodic and spontaneous sound together into a single flawless tapestry. More importantly, the album represents a welcome middle ground between the bludgeoning brutality,laced with hints of melody that constituted their 'New Day Rising' masterpiece, but avoids the full on melodic assault of (still wonderful) later releases like 'Candy Apple Grey'. Here, Grant and Mould, surely two of the most prolific songwriters around, turn out a near perfect selection of tunes which is pleasingly varied and almost instantly enjoyable. From the first twangs of guitar on the opening title track, followed closely by Mould's eccentric and underated vocals, a more melodic direction is apparent. Husker Du truly seems to have matured: witness the pop stylings of 'Green Eyes' or the up tempo harmonies on 'Hate Paper Doll'- the progression from the rage exemplified by something like '59 Times the pain'is tangible and necessary. At any rate, this is an extremely solid album. The title track soars, pauses the soars again, with vocals shared between Hart and Mould, who come together for a final, massive chorus, as they do on 'Divide and Conquer', a Husker Du song which adresses political issues, albeit it in a rather garbled fashion. 'Makes No sense at All' is the hook filled, Mould penned centrepiece single, with all the dichotomy of angry guitars and Grants frenzied drumming coupled with a beautiful chorus weve come to expect from the Huskers. Later on we get the down tempo 'Find me' with an intriguing lead guitar from Mould, while 'Flexible Flyer' and 'Private Plane' see 'Flip Your Wig' at its most calming and smooth. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't I get this earlier?
Awesome disc all the way through, and listening to it really makes me realize how many current bands owe much of their musical inspiration to Husker Du
Published 16 months ago by Jevid
1.0 out of 5 stars Husker Du Sells out and turns into wanna be R.E.M. pop garbage!
Well, as the title states, this was the beginning of the end of a once great band. Husker Du put out countless amazing records that epitomized hardcore/punk-ish emo/indie from... Read more
Published 20 months ago by s.m.
4.0 out of 5 stars "Normal people going for a spin"
Flip Your Wig was Husker Du's last album for SST before they ventured to Warner Bros. At this point, it was already clear they were moving in a more mainstream direction than... Read more
Published on April 2, 2006 by mwreview
2.0 out of 5 stars Husker's Low Point
This album has bugged me for years, being the only Husker Du album I feel just plain outright sucks. Read more
Published on February 26, 2006 by Dan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Husker Du's second album of 1985 was this underrated gem, perhaps their strongest album from front to back. Read more
Published on March 30, 2005 by Sakos
4.0 out of 5 stars Now that's more like it...
I won't mask anything-New Day Rising pretty much sucked to me.

It was a long mess of song fragments. Read more
Published on March 2, 2005 by As Usual
3.0 out of 5 stars Jumping the shark.. but making it..
at the time this record came out I was sad.. hurt and broken up by the fonz jumping over the shark,.. or was is that who ever produced this didnt know how to mic drums.. Read more
Published on March 9, 2004 by G. Saari
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrific music, horrific production
I've heard some poorly-recorded albums in my lifetime, but "Flip Your Wig" may well take the cake. I mean, there's raw production, and then there's lazy production, and this album... Read more
Published on October 18, 2003 by Wheelchair Assassin
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Husker Du album
This album is a wonderful combination of pop and noise.
However, as with nearly all Husker Du albums, the production is terrible! Read more
Published on March 20, 2003 by Mr. Paul R. Stearne
5.0 out of 5 stars New Direction For Husker Du
If all you've heard from Husker Du is their early hardcore material, the epic and brutal Zen Arcade, and the brilliant and melodic punk of New Day Rising, I could see how Flip Your... Read more
Published on January 10, 2002 by Paul H.
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