As far as the Flag's full length offerings, "Damaged", their first full length, is sadly the only full length that really holds up as a classic album...The rest is kinda...You know...Well, complete and utter dog shit crap metal that sucks rancid tuna salad out of Oprah Winfrey's little asshole friend, Gary...
"Damaged", as far as being considered a classic is arguably the best of the early LA hardcore scene. It's really a work of art. You could say angry eccentric abstract art, but still art. Really, in all honesty, The Flag is an EP band. Their 7" releases, to me, are worth their weight in gold. My first few listens had so much of an effect on me that I probably don't or refuse to recognize their flaws. If there are any, it's in the field of sound quality. Obvious to the untrained ear, it sounds like shit, but one conditioned on hardcore punk easily picks up on the sheer genius of it all.
Not being a record collector in the traditional sense (think Comic Book Guy obsessed with music), I refuse to ever pay the astronomical prices these pretentious assholes shell out just to get their filthy, shit stained hands onto a simple piece of prehistoric plant matter...Sure, that plant matter is shaped like a Frisbee and etched into it are songs that define the alienated youth subculture of punk rock...It's still fucking plant matter. Besides, move on, most of the great vinyl has been ripped and now freely stolen on the interweb. Fuck record collectors. I guess I don't get it fully. I have plenty of vinyl myself, I just don't seek it out like they do...My collection is steeped in happenstance so random it'd make Bozo fuck himself with a balloon animal (i.e. Thrift Stores in between the Pat Boone and Foreigner records). I guess the thrill is in the hunt or maybe it's in the hoarding. Not too sure...Instead of going through what they go through, I got this album, courtesy of the interweb.
On the other hand, I am an Mp3 collector. 43,445 on my Itunes. Boo YA bitches! Oh, and I share. Hence one reason I have this blog.
Now that I have written a couple paragraphs pertaining to the total absolute of nothingness, I guess I can say something relevant about Black Flag...
If there ever were a sampling of all the singers of The Flag, this would be it...Morris, Reyes, and Cadena all infiltrate your ear drums here...Minus Rollins. Was it Henry who ruined Black Flag? It's an often debated subject. Exclude "Damaged" from that debate and ask yourself if it really sounds like the band on this album. Exclude Henry from Black Flag and you'd have Black Flag. It's Ginn's band anyways...The debate is officially over, go fuck yourselves!
Black Flag-The First Four Years:
1. Nervous Breakdown
2. Fix Me
3. I've Had It
5. Jealous Again
7. White Minority
8. No Values
9. You Bet We've Got Something Personal Against You!
10. Clocked In
11. Six Pack
12. I've Heard It Before
13. American Waste
15. Louie Louie
16. Damaged I
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