Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged
Label: SST Records - SSTC 007 • Format: Cassette Album, Reissue Clear • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Hardcore, Punk
Damaged is the debut studio album by the American hardcore punk band Black Flag. SST Records released it on December 5, Over the years since the album's original release it has been recognized as a classic and one of the most influential punk rock records ever made, appearing on a number of "best of" lists by fans and critics alike. The band recorded their backing tracks without Rollins, who overdubbed vocals with band members Greg Ginn guitar and Chuck Dukowski bass coaching him afterward.
Party", which featured backing vocals from the entire band. The band was living and rehearsing in another part of the building that housed Unicorn Studios prior to the sessions. Drummer Robo was wearing bracelets on his left wrist that rattled when he played; the rattling, whenever he hit his snare drum, especially when he hit downbeats on it, Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged part of the sound.
The version of "Rise Above" on the album was recorded at an earlier session with Rollins and was intended purely for a single release. Another version Giyana - Johnny Clegg & Savuka - Third World Child recorded during the album sessions but the band abandoned it and decided to include the single version instead. The closing track, "Damaged I", is technically Rollins' first writing credit with the band.
In his book Get in the VanRollins reports that he used to improvise the lyrics every night when the song was performed live. Two takes of the vocal were done, and the first was used. The cover art, taken by punk photographer Ed Colverfeatures Rollins putting his fist through a mirror. The effect was made by cracking the mirror with a hammer, while the "blood" on Rollins' wrist is a mixture of red ink and coffee.
Their distribution deal with Unicorn—which was associated with MCA Records —resulted in an initial pressing of 25, copies. MCA Records president Al Bergamo listened to the album prior to release and claimed that it was "anti-parent", although he never cited a specific lyric that led him to that conclusion. Black Flag members had to personally visit the pressing plant and apply a sticker over the MCA logo which read, "As a parent I found it an anti-parent record"   Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged —thus essentially throwing Bergamo's words back in his face.
In fact, according to Carducci, Unicorn Records was so poorly managed and so deeply in debt that MCA lost money in distributing Damagedregardless of its content, and was eager to sever its relationship with Unicorn by any possible pretext. Black Flag were suddenly enjoined from recording any more records under their own name,  although SST were able to continue with its own release schedule, releasing The Minutemen 's The Punch Line and the debuts of the Meat Puppets and Saccharine Trust.
Party" before the legal trouble started, a recording commissioned by MCA for the soundtrack to the film Repo Man. The legal dispute between Black Flag and Unicorn tied the band up for almost two years, during which time they released Everything Went Blacka Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged album Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged pre-Rollins outtakes, under the names of the individual musicians and vocalists on the record. Ginn and Dukowski ended up doing several days in Los Angeles County Jail for contempt of court, but the case fizzled out soon afterward when Unicorn went out of business, freeing Black Flag of any further obligation to the label.
In addition to the known unreleased version of "Rise Above" recorded during the album sessions and the alternate take of "Damaged I", a version of Black Flag's arrangement of " Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged Louie " was also recorded. According to Rollins in Get in the Vanthis version featured the band going into "a strange jam at the end until the tape ran out;" It was never mixed down in any form.
Henry Rollins later stated on his radio show's blog that alternate versions of "What I See" and "at least one other song that I can't remember" also came out of the Damaged sessions, and that other outtakes from Black Flag's other albums also exist.
This session is where the tracks for the Six Pack EP came from. No official version of the remainder of this recording session has ever been released, although unlicensed copies have circulated in tape trading circles for years. A comparison of the unreleased Dez Cadena sessions Zafra - Ballet Folklorico De Mexico - Ballet Folklorico De Mexico the released LP suggests that the vocal cadence and presentation of the Cadena sessions were used as a reference by the band prior to recording the final album.
An alternate version of "Depression" was recorded to be the b-side of the "Rise Above" single. While the album did not gain much attention from the general press on its original release, the album retrospectively has been given critical acclaim and has been cited as one of the most important hardcore punk albums ever released.
Rolling Stone in their retrospective review says that "Black Flag lived Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged to it, Serenata Insistente - Fausta Cianti - Pour Le Piano L.
Damaged hit inand byfour bars bearing the Black Flag name had been airbrushed across miles and miles of spiked leather. Conflicting feelings of violence, apathy, rage, and self-satire course through this one, the essential touchstone of the entire genre of West Coast hardcore, crystallizing the turmoil of the movement.
Listen to 'Rise Above' and try not to be incensed, then listen to 'TV Party' and Various - Rock Blast From The Past not to laugh out loud.
That's awesome. Greg Ginn is the greatest noise guitarist since Johnny Thundersnew vocalist Henry Rollins can snarl along any tortured contour Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged serve up, and 'Rise Above', 'Six Pack', and the uproarious 'TV Party' prove they can write songs as well as gnash fragments. Although Black Flag had been recording for three years prior to this release, the fact that Henry Rollins Police Story - Black Flag - Damaged now their lead singer made all the difference.
His furious bellow and barely contained ferocity was the missing piece the band needed to become great. Extremely controversial when it was released, Damaged endured the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism some reacted as though this record would alone cause the fall of America's youth to become and remain an important Superstar - Brutal Attack / The Bully Boys* - Anthems With An Attitude of its time.
Kurt Cobain listed it in his top fifty albums of all time. All tracks are written by Greg Ginnexcept where noted. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Black Flag. History of Rock and Roll. Kendall Hunt. Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. November 18, Retrieved March 6, Retrieved September 9, Retrieved September 7, Retrieved August 14, The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th concise ed. Omnibus Press. Retrieved April 16, In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian eds. Spin Alternative Record Guide.
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