Damaged

Damaged

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by Black Flag
     
 

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If you had to credit one band with defining the hard-core movement of the early 1980s, it would have to be this Angeleno aggregation, which practically wrote the book of loud, fast rules. Black Flag picked up where the Ramones left off, cutting extraneous detail from songs, leaving them tightly wound, aggressive, and -- perhaps most importantly -- universally… See more details below

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If you had to credit one band with defining the hard-core movement of the early 1980s, it would have to be this Angeleno aggregation, which practically wrote the book of loud, fast rules. Black Flag picked up where the Ramones left off, cutting extraneous detail from songs, leaving them tightly wound, aggressive, and -- perhaps most importantly -- universally understood by pent-up fans around the world. This earliest incarnation of the band ricocheted from song to song at breakneck speed, riding the blinding riffing of guitarist Greg Ginn through angst-ridden anthems like "Depression" as well as suburban sneers like "TV Party" and "Six Pack." Recorded before the recruitment of Henry Rollins, the disc captures the band at its most adrenalized and, yes, dangerous. One of punk's milestones.

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All Music Guide - John Dougan
Perhaps the best album to emerge from the quagmire that was early-'80s California hardcore punk, the visceral, intensely physical presence of Damaged has yet to be equaled, although many bands have tried. Although Black Flag had been recording for three years prior to this release, the fact that Henry Rollins was now their lead singer made all the difference. His furious bellow and barely contained ferocity was the missing piece the band needed to become great. Also, guitarist/mastermind Greg Ginn wrote a slew of great songs for this record that, while suffused with the usual punk conceits (alienation, boredom, disenfranchisement), were capable of making one laugh out loud, especially the protoslacker satire "TV Party." Extremely controversial when it was released, Damaged endured the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism (some reacted as though this record alone would cause the fall of America's youth) to become and remain an important document of its time.

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Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Sst Records
UPC:
0018861000725
catalogNumber:
7
Rank:
365032

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