4 Songs, 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Black Flag’s debut release is an aptly titled masterstroke to Southern California class separation and the alpha-male working-class aggression to rise above it. Riff-riot furies like “I’ve Had It” and “Nervous Breakdown” showed a band that understood the rock ’n’ roll dictum that rage doesn’t work unless it’s embedded in authenticity (as well as humor). Hoarse shouter Keith Morris (who soon left the band to form The Circle Jerks) and guitarist Greg Ginn whittled down rock ’n’ roll to its purest essentials, which was just enough to help inspire a generation of disgruntled American kids to form punk bands.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Black Flag’s debut release is an aptly titled masterstroke to Southern California class separation and the alpha-male working-class aggression to rise above it. Riff-riot furies like “I’ve Had It” and “Nervous Breakdown” showed a band that understood the rock ’n’ roll dictum that rage doesn’t work unless it’s embedded in authenticity (as well as humor). Hoarse shouter Keith Morris (who soon left the band to form The Circle Jerks) and guitarist Greg Ginn whittled down rock ’n’ roll to its purest essentials, which was just enough to help inspire a generation of disgruntled American kids to form punk bands.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
96 Ratings

96 Ratings

rabbi opinionstein ,

Oh joy

The way this orchestra plays is superb. I'm moved to tears. Very relaxing. I have no ear drums you see but I can feel the vibrations.

Danzigger ,

One of the great EPs of our time

It truly is, from Greg Ginn's opening (as usual, bone grinding) guitar intro of "Nervous Breakdown" to the 49 second wail of "Wasted", every song here is a true classic and essential for any burdgeoning punk-rock fan. You can hardly call yourself otherwise if you do not own these songs!

Pocho! ,

the memories....

of Southern California punk! Skateboards, pimped beer and Black Flag. I was a great time to be growing up. BUY THIS!

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