Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
No Description Available No Track Information Available Media Type: CD Artist: BLACK FLAG Title: DAMAGED Street Release Date: 06/14/1988
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Artist: BLACK FLAG
Street Release Date: 06/14/1988
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Steven T. (Skeeterlo) from PRNC FREDERCK, MD
Reviewed on 5/20/2010...
Classic hardcore punk. Just buy it...I can't see anyone wanting to give it up!
Never Mind the Sex Pistols...
lexo-2 | 03/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've never bought a punk album in your life - well, you must either be very young or extremely old, but either way, you're probably wondering where to start. If you've never heard the Sex Pistols' epic 1977 "Never Mind the Bollocks", you'll only be wondering what that's like, so get that first. Then get this, for the simple reason that Black Flag were a better band.The Flag had been plugging away in southern California since around 1977 or so when their fourth (or was it third?) lead singer Dez Cadena had to abandon the mic because his voice couldn't handle the gruelling touring schedule. They recruited 20-year-old dedicated fan and sometime ice-cream-store manager Henry Rollins to replace him, and the fix was in. This album was recorded within months of Rollins joining, and while he himself loyally claims to prefer the records the band made before his arrival (handly compiled on SST's stonking compilation "The First Four Years"), the rest of us have little doubt that Rollins was the definitive Flag singer, and not just because he lasted longer than anybody else. Rollins became a great singer almost overnight. His voice sounds like the tone of Greg Ginn's guitar - swollen almost to bursting, raw, charging in every direction at once. The songs are short, almost all very fast, and more eloquent and expressive than practically any UK band of the period. (Black Flag blew people off the stage not because they were personally intimidating, although they were, but because they were just better at it than anybody else.) When they're funny, they're very funny, as in the hilarious "TV Party" - when they're not being funny, they're truly frightening ("Depression", "No More", "Rise Above".) The Flag and their numerous alumni went on to make more complex, musically audacious and fascinating albums than this one, but "Damaged" is their straightest-up shot of raw power - allusion intended. It kills. It should be required listening for Berklee students. Whichever way you shake it, it's a great album, and a brilliant record of an unforgettable band hitting its stride. Ten stars. I know you can't give ten stars, but I want to be able to anyway. Make a note, Amazon."
Punk ---old or new--- Does Not Get Better Than This!
K. Brown | Walnut, Ca USA | 09/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It seems like yesterday when I picked up the LP that had the sticker reading a record executive's quote: "As a parent, I found this to be an anti-parent record." Being young, that was all the more incentive to pick up the record.
Years later, this album has not aged at all. What's funny is that despite the sticker warning, I found nothing "Anti-Parent" about this album. This is some of the angriest music I have ever heard, and is cathartic for anybody---not just fans of this genre--- in a rotten mood. While geared toward early 80s punks, this is a keen adrenaline rush for the irritable!
Aside from the rawer than raw guitar work, Henry Rollins really makes this album. Whether it's the opening "Rise Above" cries or the short "Spray Paint the Walls," there is something unbridled in Rollins' voice that makes this music an all out celebration of rage. And despite what the TV evangelists said years ago, this album never made me want to go assault my teachers, parents or the Good Humor Man; this is good "venting" music, from whatever walk of life you live in.
And then there is the classic "TV Party," which is one of the funniest punk songs I have ever heard. It's a kick hearing a string of angry odes, followed by a satirical bit in the same key.
There are lots of good punks CDs out there, lots of good Black Flag albums out there, but there is nothing quite like "Damaged.""