Saturday, August 8, 2009
you bet we've got something personal against you!: the black flag discography
well...it's saturday...the heat is being hot...there's the sounds of an auctioneer wafting in through the window ...and it looks like there's a storm a-brewin'...so what better thing to do than supply all of you with a little black flag
and this is by no means an exhaustive discography...i'm sure there are things out there that have been put out on labels in germany and sweden and whatnot...but this is a pretty damn decent go at it (and though i suppose it could be considered a black flag release...i didn't include the MINUTEFLAG collaboration they did with the band the minutemen...though you can find it here as well)
what can be said about these guys that hasn't already been said....
they started out as your typical run of the mill "skate rock" band called panic (later changing their name in 1978...and going through multiple singers)....then eventually morphing into a visceral east coast version of the doors (thanks to hank rollins)...and by the end of it all they'd become a free form jazz punk jam band
in my opinion (not that any of you actually care about such a thing) black flag were the first real punk band (though most/all will argue that it's either the ramones or the sex pistols)...my point being that the sex pistols were just the next step on the punk rock evolutionary ladder (though sticking with the typical punk "3 chords and an attitude" thing...but were really nothing more than a punk boy band...they were put together after the band's manager saw a ramones show and thought "oi...i can do that too")...as for the ramones...i'm just gonna go ahead and say it: I'M REALLY NOT ALL THAT MUCH OF A FAN (same goes for the sex pistols...actually...i can only tolerate one of their songs all the way through...that one being their cover of the frank sinatra tune "my way")...the ramones have more than one decent song amongst their discography (just to mention a few: "beat on the brat"..."cretin hop"..."the kkk took my baby away")
ah...i'm getting away from my point (once again)
black flag possessed that snotty little brother that likes to throw bricks through the screens of old television sets and throw beer bottles at police cars (and once the car comes back...takes a piss in the back of it once he's arrested...and calling your parents at 3:00am just to say "hello dad...i'm in jail...i like it here...it's nice") and lighting shit on fire (sometimes literally) and hating your parents because they don't get you attitude that none of the other bands really possessed at the time...they're also considered the first hardcore band...and they were really the first d.i.y. band (they were the first band to book their own tours)
but enough of my rambling...you just want the music
and i totally understand that
and just for the record...i'm a keith morris guy
nervous breakdown (released 1978)
DL: nervous breakdown
panic demo (released 1978...though not officially)
DL: panic demo
jealous again (released 1980)
DL: jealous again
six pack 7" (released 1981)
DL: six pack 7"
police story live 7" (released 1981...bootleg)
DL: police story live 7"
louie louie 7" (released 1981)
DL: louie louie 7"
damaged demos (released 1981...contains songs that would be put on the DAMAGED album with dez cadena on vocals)
DL: damaged demos
licorice pizza 7" (released 1981 as a promo for the DAMAGED album by a record store chain of the same name (sans 7")...featuring a 5 piece black flag and the earliest recordings with hank on vocals)
DL: licorice pizza 7"
damaged (released 1981)
tv party 7" (released 1982)
DL: tv party 7"
everything went black (released 1983...a compilation of the 3 singers that came before hank...which would be keith morris/ron reyes/dez cadena...the album got greg ginn and chuck dukowski some jail time for releasing it...i'm not going to go into the whole story...google's there for a reason)
DL: everything went black
the first four years (released 1983...this is a compilation of pre-hank black flag material...it's pretty much the NERVOUS BREAKDOWN/JEALOUS AGAIN/SIX PACK eps...the LOUIE LOUIE 7"...and various other songs that were put on compilations)
DL: the first four years
my war (released 1984)
DL: my war
family man (released 1984...this was the band's first foray into the instrumental realm...as well as hank's first foray into the spoken word world...the only time the entire band come together is on the song "armageddon man")
DL: family man
slip it in (released 1984...the woman hank is being all "hey baby" with in the title song is future L7 vocalist/guitarist suzi gardner)
DL: slip it in
live '84 (released 1984...the first official live black flag album...and yes...it's better than WHO'S GOT THE 10 1/2...that's right...i said it)
DL: live '84
loose nut (released 1985)
DL: loose nut
the process of weeding out (released 1985...the title can either mean that they were "weeding out" hank as he's nowhere to be seen on this album...or the "wedding out" could be looked at as a reference to all the pot most of the band was obviously smoking during the making of the album...as you can plainly hear as the band goes into full on jam band mode)
DL: the process of weeding out
in my head (released 1985...the last studio album from the band...the band's sound is more experimental and rock orientated complete with fade-outs...sounding more like greg ginn's instrumental band gone...which opened for black flag during their '86 tour...hank ended up taking gone's bass player andrew weiss and drummer sim cain for his rollins band...this put a bad religion releasing INTO THE UNKNOWN look on most folk's faces)
DL: in my head
spray paint live 7" (released 1986...bootleg...could've very well been recorded at the same show the police story live 7" was recorded...dez on vocals)
DL: spray paint live 7"
who's got the 10 1/2? (released 1986...the other official black flag live album...and i've already said what i needed to say about this...and just in case you're wondering...it's kira)
DL: who's got the 10 1/2?
wasted...again (released 1987...a best of compilation)
i can see you (released 1989...some left over material from the IN MY HEAD-era)
DL: i can see you
annihilate this week (released 1990...it's made up of a song taken from the band's final show..and 2 found on the WHO'S GOT THE 10 1/2 album)
DL: annihilate this week
the complete 1982 demos+more (released 1996...this was originally released in 1982 during their not being able to record anything new legally...so the band went in an made a secret demo of songs that would later get used on the MY WAR and SLIP IT IN albums...and this was the only time drummer chuck biscuits (who has also played in samhain...the descendents...subhumans...circle jerks...just to name a few) played in the band...and the +more is an interview and a small set the band played at the radio tokyo recording studios...and this is the only place you can find the songs "what can you believe" and "yes,i know")
DL: the complete 1982 demos +more
and now we've come to the end of our journey
and see...you didn't get pelted in the head with a microphone...and you were never in any danger of almost seeing "little hank" through a tiny pair of sweaty shorts
aren't you glad you sat through it all until the end?
and at least you weren't this kid...this was hank being hank....enjoy