Saturday, December 27, 2014

Flipper - Gone Fishin'

Label: Subterranean
Year: 1984

Hasn't this "difficult" second album by Flipper already been posted here? Cause I looked, and it ain't.
And "difficult" by Flipper standards actually means "more normal" by most other band's standards. Like, this record is less about taking the then nascent hardcore speed and bravado down a peg by squeezing every last ounce of feedback-coated agony out of each twisted riff. It's still demented. It's still further evidence that Ted Falconi should be lauded as one of the first wave of hardcore's (patent pending) greatest guitar players. It's still Flipper, the band who basically created a whole new way to fuck up your hearing with a blissful mess of antagonism, joy, and blasting noise. Most definitely the most influential band to have NOT received the fawning documentary treatment (no doubt starring: Keith Morris, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra, Henry Rollins, and for some reason a cast member of TJ Hooker to be named later) yet. I'm sure it's just a matter of time until Pitchfork decides that they are "important" enough to be lured into headlining the third stage of one of their festivals, which will roll right into some beard-o retroactively proclaiming them the "greatest thing he's ever heard" and consequently launching the World's Saddest Kickstarter Fund (also patent pending) to pay for his movie.
Not that Flipper don't deserve the plaudits. Anything "weird" you've heard that was created post-1990 has inevitably been in some way, shape, or form, influenced by their much more weird weirdness.
So good.


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