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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If great rock & roll is supposed to be about breaking the rules, then Flipper's still-astonishing debut, Album -- Generic Flipper, confirms their status as one of the great rock bands of their day. Album captures a band who not only refused to obey the accepted guidelines of rock & roll, they didn't even bother to pay much attention to their own rules. On the opening cut, "Ever," the band displays a willful contempt for rhythm, playing in a sludgy mid-tempo that wavers back and forth -- and then they add a snappy if casually executed clap track over the top, making the sloppy mess seem almost catchy. Flipper slogs along through a slow, noisy swamp through most of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If great rock & roll is supposed to be about breaking the rules, then Flipper's still-astonishing debut, Album -- Generic Flipper, confirms their status as one of the great rock bands of their day. Album captures a band who not only refused to obey the accepted guidelines of rock & roll, they didn't even bother to pay much attention to their own rules. On the opening cut, "Ever," the band displays a willful contempt for rhythm, playing in a sludgy mid-tempo that wavers back and forth -- and then they add a snappy if casually executed clap track over the top, making the sloppy mess seem almost catchy. Flipper slogs along through a slow, noisy swamp through most of the album, only to snap-to with a dose of up-tempo hardcore near the end on "Living for the Depression," and then close out with the brilliant "Sex Bomb," the closest thing '80s punk ever created to the beer-fueled genius of the Kingsmen's "Louie Louie," and a song with a great beat that you just can't dance to. And while Flipper seemed sincere about their utter lack of faith in mankind, on "Life" they dared to express a tres-unhip benevolence, declaring "Life is the only thing worth living for." Not to mention the angry but deeply committed finale to "Living for the Depression," in which Bruce Lose declares, "I'm not living my life to be/A real cheap f*cker like you, copout!" About the only accepted rule of rock that seems to mean anything to Flipper is that music isn't worth playing if it doesn't have passion; every noisy moment of Album -- Generic Flipper sounds like Flipper was willing to live and die for this music and in a sense, that's just what Will Shatter did. On Album -- Generic Flipper, Flipper plays noise rock with none of the pretension that later bands brought to the form, proving that music doesn't have to be fast to be punk a lesson that gave the Melvins a reason to live, and creating a funny, harrowing, and surprisingly engaging masterwork that profoundly influenced dozens of later bands without sounding any less individual two decades later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2009
  • Label: Domino Records Uk
  • EAN: 5034202206125
  • Catalog Number: 0220612
  • Sales rank: 68,971

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ever (2:58)
  2. 2 Life Is Cheap (3:57)
  3. 3 Shed No Tears (4:27)
  4. 4 (I Saw You) Shine (8:33)
  5. 5 Way of the World (4:25)
  6. 6 Life (4:46)
  7. 7 Nothing (2:18)
  8. 8 Living for the Depression (1:25)
  9. 9 Sex Bomb (7:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flipper Primary Artist, Percussion, Hand Clapping, Primary Artist
Bobby Saxophone
Steve DePace Percussion, Drums
Bruce Loose Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ward Saxophone
Curtis Percussion
Will Shatter Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bruce Lose Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Flipper Producer
Krist Novoselic Liner Notes
Will Shatter Lyricist
Bruce Lose Special Effects
Chris Producer
Filippo Salvadori Reissue Producer
Nathaniel Russell Reissue Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Flipper suffered for their music, now it's your turn."

    Absolutely essential! Easily my favorite Flipper release and just damaging! I wish I could have seen them live back then, but at least I have the live dvd to get a glimpse into the live experience. "I Saw You Shine" is brilliant! This is a must have record by an overlooked and under-appreciated band. You just need to listen to understand.

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