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(2-CD set) Public Flipper Limited was originally released in 1986 as a double LP of live material culled from 1980-1985. The sound quality and playing are both a grimy, distorted mess, which suits the band just fine. Always alternating between endearing and abrasive Flipper left no room for the middle ground of 'like.' The album title is a shot at John Lydon and his alleged plagiarism of Flipper's artwork for his own PIL and it proves that Flipper was never opposed to alienating its audience, no matter how sanctified. Harsh, art-rock classics from one of SF's most important post-hippy era bands.

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  1. New Rules No Rules (Live) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Hard Cold World (Live) 7:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. I'm Fighting (Live) 2:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. The Game's Got a Price (Live) 8:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Love Canal (Live) 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Oh-Oh-Ay-Oh (Live) 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. We Don't Understand (Live) 7:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. If I Can't Be Drunk (Live) 8:59$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  4. Southern California (Live) 4:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Life (Live) 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. The Wheel (Live) 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Flipper Blues (Live) 6:16$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Water
  • ASIN: B001G2S436
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #344,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Otto Correct VINE VOICE on August 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Flipper...

Its hard to describe these guys, but Flipper is one of those bands that don't really sound like anyone else, and they're totally a "Love it or Hate it" kinda thing.

No one successfully captured the feeling of your life falling apart like Flipper did. Have you ever started drinking when you were already sad, and so getting drunk only made you feel worse? So then you go to bed thinking that everything sucks and that the world is stupid and you close your eyes and you're angry and the rooms spinning and everything is pointless so why bother?

That's what Flipper SOUNDS like.

In the studio they best captured this with "Generic." Live, they best captured this with "Public Flipper Limited."

Give it a shot if you haven't. I assure you that you've never heard anything quite like it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Leonard on December 30, 2008
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Public Flipper Limited is amazing!! - put it this way if i was stuck on a remote Island and could only have one album with me to play this would be my choice - easy. The recording quality is good throughout and the dry relationship between the band and the audience makes me laugh. My personal favourite has to be "Hard Cold World" - it's brilliant and must be played super loud to be most effective. I own almost everything Flipper has to offer from the dvd to Generic , Blown Chunks , Sex Bomb Baby and Gone Fishin and i love them all BUT this x2 disc live release is my #1 -- 10/10 dirt perfection from the masters of dirt.

Daniel J Leonard
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By directions on January 7, 2009
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I think a time waster would be to categorize this. Hardcore? Post punk? Indie rock? Slowcore (whatever that means)? Who cares? Rather than define it just approach it with this perspective. Flipper took the loud, fast and sloppy approach of hardcore and massively slowed it down, repeatedly in a torturous but ear splitting Philip Glass style (it was part of a whole scene and some of the bands were closer to the avant-garde which Flipper clearly was not) but still enjoyable. Part of it was a reaction to the previous style but part of it was to actually appreciate the songs instead of the one minute incoherent blasts that some of hardcore (although there were clearly stand-outs in the genre)devolved into. And of course as any fan knows it still rocks. But it was also a reaction to some of post punk's pseudo-intellectualism. The title refers to P.I.L.'s self titled "Album" (or "Cassette" or "CD" depending on what you bought) lifting Flipper's concept of "Generic" as an album and obviously making fun of P.I.L.'s "album as a product concept". So basically it was a fresh break from anything that had occured before but influential on later more recognized bands.
Obvious "Generic" and "Sex Bomb Baby" would be starter album and this collection from live tours seems like "odd 'n' sods" by description but it has the immediate feel of a classic live show by Flipper, as if they were drunk and couldn't play from the way they come off with one liners but immediately go into a song and it immediately rocks, so the whole "they can hardly get their act together live" was just a stance against the elaborate shows that some bands at the time put on. Truthfully this was flipping the bird not just at the musical establishment but at others who pretended to challenge the musical establishment but yet totally influential on countless bands. Flipper were a force of nature live and this is an excellent way to hear their live experience. Thanks for the (very belated)reissues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pseudonym on June 4, 2012
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PIL was a headliner when they first played in San Francisco, but Flipper was the supporting band - one the moments when the support was clearly more original and entertaining than the main act. Slow tempos, grungy guitars, ear-scouring feedback, and an addiction to beer contribute to making this album a welcome memoriam to "pet rock." The band is well represented by studio recordings, but "Public Flipper Limited" is where you're going to hear the band at its most genuine. The rare Peel sessions contain the band's best recordings, but "PFL" captures their live chaos and fun in equal measure. Favorites like "Sex Bomb," "Shine," and "The Wheel" stand out, but this selection of tracks - from the first half of the '80s - offers an accurate representation that has influenced generations of bands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Davis on January 1, 2009
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Yeah, they could play as heavily, as noisily, as sloppily, as passionately, as all their peers. But only they could do it with such style. How they can go from the grandeur of "We Don't Understand" to the nonsense of "Brainwash" to the frat-house abandon of "Sex Bomb", I think a thousand "alternative" bands of the nineties tried, and failed, to figure out. They are sludge rockers you would actually want to have over at your house, even if they made a mess, they don't mean anything by it, they're just so damn LOVABLE!!!! And the board game is a riot.
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