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Slip It in
Black Flag
Slip It in
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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This is the crux of the Flag. Their third album of 1984, it followed the schizophrenic Family Man, which found the band playing bone- crushing instrumentals on one side while Henry Rollins ranted spoken-word on the other. ...  more »


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All Artists: Black Flag
Title: Slip It in
Members Wishing: 16
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sst Records
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, American Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 018861002927, 4005902519823, 669910742853

This is the crux of the Flag. Their third album of 1984, it followed the schizophrenic Family Man, which found the band playing bone- crushing instrumentals on one side while Henry Rollins ranted spoken-word on the other. Slip put things back together with a hammer--with new bassist Kira Roessler striking the blow. This is music of real tension, and Rollins challenges guitarist Greg Ginn for the reins all the way through. His throat-ripping rasp may win out on "Wound Up," but Ginn is simply ferocious on "Black Coffee" and "My Ghetto." Suzanne Gardner's hilarious yet sexy cooings on the title track win her the "Donna Summer of Punk" Award. --Michael Ruby

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Brett G. (rockin) from SPOKANE, WA
Reviewed on 8/20/2006...
Back before Henry Rollins got spoiled by success, his head got too big and, really, before he got tired of people pissing on him! Literally!
You had to be there.

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How can people bag on this album? My personal favorite 'Flag
Stephanie Sandlin | Spokane, Wa | 01/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Slip It In.

Ok, I'll admit something here. I'm perplexed how people can bash on this Flag record. Out of all the Flag albums I've heard and had at various times this is the one I come back to the most.

I recently encoded to WAV my vinyl copy I bought at Tower Records in Bellevue, WA in 1986 (oh the memories). I listened to the whole damn thing tonight while working out. I have to give it rave reviews. This album still rocks. Its almost as some other reviewers have said a mix of punk, hardcore and maybe a skosh of metal in there. I love the energy, the attitude and swagger. ( Its also a great album to do cardio to, but thats another subject.)

I think the flow of the record is great. The first three songs bust out the gate and don't slow down till Rat's Eyes. Then a brief reprieve and off you go again.

Favorite Tracks:
Black Coffee
You Think You're Evil
Obliteration (interesting song progression)
Slip It In
The Bars

This is a long way removed from Damaged, which is great on its own. My War I can't get into as much, sludgey and the material isn't as ferocious. Plus, I don't think that album flows as well and the band doesn't seem to being into it as much.

Seems there are factions of fans who like specific angles of 'Flag. Chalk me up as one who thinks Slip It In is one of thier top tier albums. Fusing punk, hardcore, 70s hard rock and charging hard makes it thier most complete album. It does what few artists dare to do - fuse genres. It works brilliantly here.

Would recommend this and Damaged as a introduction to 'Flag.


Fun sidenote to this LP - Etched in the vinyl after the last song on each side is a message:
S1: "Only The Steaming Liquid of Caffeine... Stark ... Starker"
S2: "And Walked Out Into the Bright Light without Sunglasses"

I don't know if the CD has this. Thought I'd throw that one out there."
Furious Flag
Chet Fakir | DC | 05/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The best Flag album. They grew musically a great deal from the hardcore days of Damaged and in doing so melded punk, metal and hard rock into this freakishly powerful electric blast. The title track is propelled by Kira Roesler's manic bass and Bill Steven's drums. Ginn's guitar is crazy, great leads. Next is another Gregg Ginn musing on betrayal while getting teeth grinding wired: Black Coffee - what an overcaffinated wind up to Wound Up. "I get so wound up!!! To feel so let down." I don't know how many times I screamed along with the cathartic release of that song. Lots of variety on Slip It In, from the rave up Bars (one of the best Flag songs ever) to the slow grinding and aptly titled instrumental Obliteration. Greg's guitar is fantastic throughout, I love his careening f the rules leads. Rollins was the perfect foil to Greg Ginn's over the top insanity. His delivery is unrelenting KEN mode (Kill Everyone Now) When these guys were on they were an unstoppable force of nature. This album gives some indication as to what they were capable of live. Not everything is great, Rat's Eyes and My Ghetto are just ok, but the power of the other songs makes up for their shortcomings. Slip It In is the best album Black Flag ever released."