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Damaged

Black Flag

1981

Damaged

Album Summary

Damaged is the debut studio album by the American hardcore punk band Black Flag. SST Records released it on December 5, 1981. The album was largely ignored by critics and the public at the time of its release, but has since 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 album was ranked number 340 on Rolling Stone's 2012 list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Pitchfork also ranked it number 25 on its list of the Top 100 Albums of the 1980s.

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Rating

2.82

Votes

3712

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
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5

There's so much that can be said about this album. It's a cornerstone piece of hardcore punk history. This was one of the albums that began the spit into hardcore as its own genre and put Henry Rollins - the world's scariest boyscout - into the spotlight. It's rough and agressive and very socially concious. It's just damn great and I love it. Full marks.

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4

If I could have Half as much Energy as a young Henry Rollins I would probably be the strongest man alive. This album is fast, loud, and relentless. The pace zooms along and screams of southern California and Reagan era anger. This is wild and untamed, damaged. But triumphant waving the black flag of rebellion. Makes me really want to have a TV Party

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4

Tremendous. Mixed perfectly, not JUST power cords and screaming. Deserves legend status for genre

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2

"Style : Hardcore Punk." Il suffisait de lire ceci sur la page Wikipédia de ce cher album pour savoir que la note n'allait pas dépasser 2.

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3

Like if Neil Young goes hardcore punk, very good.

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3

A real slobberknocker. Funny, hateful, even sad. Who doesn't feel a twinge of sympathy when Rollins garbles something like "… I'm confused, confused... don't wanna be confused... Don't even feel a thing, no... I don't wanna see... But you can't make me long for your life and security"? I checked my book and, yep, Chuck Eddy approves. Though he notes they went rapidly downhill from here. Anyone listening to this with two ears and a brain could tell you that was the only place they were ever heading.

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1

I don't mind punk, and I often don't know the lyrics to songs because often to me the singing is just an instrument. But, if singer's voices aren't instruments and they're just screaming, I have to be able to understand what they're screaming about. And I can't. I can occasionally pick up a sentence here or there, but otherwise it's just the same chord and same drums and same screaming endlessly. It either has to sound good, or it has to have a message. This was neither. Every song sounded exactly the same: Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-THRAAAASH Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-THRAAAASH Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-THRAAAASH Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-Thrash-THRAAAASH Sounded like a garage demo of someone on their 3rd week with an instrument.

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2

Started off enjoyable but quickly got a bit bored as every song essentially sounds the same. If this was an EP just consisting of the A Side it'd easily be a 4. But its not, so its not.

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Je tiens a presenter mes plus plates excuses suite a ma review d'hier. En effet, il est bon de savoir que j'écris ces reviews sur mon temps de travail. Je me dois donc, afin de rester un employé modèle aux yeux de mes collègues, de taper ces reviews que vous aimez tant à une vitesse phénomènale. De plus, il est courant pour moi de rédiger ces reviews avec un Cracker à l'épautre dans la main droite, afin de pouvoir me substanter par la même occasion. Il est donc parfaitement compréhensible que quelques fautes de frappes se glissent entre les lignes. J'ai, par dessus le marché, la facheuse tendance, et ce depuis mes plus jeunes classes, de ne pas me relire. Cela m'avait notamment valu de complétement louper mon entrée en matière, lors d'un paragraphe argumenté sur les mémoires de la guerre d'Algérie. Je tiens d'ailleurs à rappeler à tout le monde que sans l'intervention de Pierre Mendès France (dit PMF, a ne pas confondre avec Pierre Menès ou encore Jeremy Menez France), dieu seul sait dans quelle situation se serait trouvée notre belle nation aujourd'hui.

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5

we are tired of your abuse! try to stop us but it's no use! i thought this is gonna be another screamy rock thing but so far so good oops i zoned out, everything seems to be similar sounding haha im sorry for my uncultured ears Damaged i - WHAT IS HAPPENING, is he being doused with acid or smth

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5

FUCKING FUCK YEAH! This is LA punk right here. This band was one of the original, and most influential punk bands of all time, and you can't tell me listening to any track on this album doesn't make you just want to mosh. while i got into punk later in life, this band helped shape what I liked to listen to and opened me up to bands like NOFX, the Descendents, Rancid, and so many others.

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5

Have owned this album on vinyl almost thirty years and it still holds up. A classic hardcore album that is intense, humourous and brutally good!

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5

Sin skips. Energía caótica. Cool en general. Me gustó como inicia con rise above y también me gustó thirsty and miserable. Mención especial a Sixpack que es una pendejada. Mood: me sangran los oídos.

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5

Slightly shocked I've never listened to this before. Pretty timeless.

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5

Me crié con esto. 40 estrellas.

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5

Every song is good-great (the guitar in particular) and fun. Its Henry Rollins debut and a band that revolutionized punk music. About as iconic as you get

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5

In isolation the album is a solid 4 but she consideration is given to the influence this has had on a lot of the music I love today it's easy to justify the big 5. Imagine the stares going on between the drums and bass during the intro of No More. Accidentally fucking listened to it in shuffle, only the second time I've done that in 243 albums which is a pretty good run. Hate doing that though.

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5

Classic punk. Fast, aggressive but still with some tongue-in-cheek satire.

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5

Fcuk YEAH!!!!

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5

crystallized angry angst punk. there is an inner rage within all of us that can headbang to this. can't tell if these lyrics are dumb or brilliant

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5

35 minuten vollgas

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5

YEAH!

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5

Jup. Goil.

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5

Big Black Flag fan and this is arguably their finest

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5

epic!!!!!!

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5

I love this s*** man… shout-out to punk music

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5

Still raw and impactful after 40 years.

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5

Awesome 80s punk.

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5

Brilliant. An American classic.

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5

Very nice punk album

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5

Fucking classic album. High replay value.

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4

Punk rock

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4

Great early hardcore punk. personally prefer Black Flag's second vocalist, as it's easier to understand his lyrics in the songs

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4

Solid punk

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4

I wonder how great this album would have been with modern indie production.

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4

Hell yes, just an incredibly solid punk album of fuck-off anti-authoritarianism

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4

Excellent stuff. Lovely heart warming punk.

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4

ponk guarro hardcore estilo hispanoperrofla cerdísimo

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4

Punk is great. Could be faster

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4

I wanna give it a 5 just for Six Pack and TV Party. The tension, the fury, the random changes in tempo, the call and response. I had this downloaded (probably over many days) on dial up from audiogalaxy, i think it had random glitches from where the torrent didn't completed... just added to the DIY sound. Anyway back to the album ... nostalgia for my teenage punk years probably biases my rating here, yeah its super influential, but would I personally listen to it much anymore? not so sure

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4

15 songs, 35 minute run time.... its like music ADHD. It is one of those albums that informed all the other albums in the punk genre moving forward... forever. It was over before I could work up a sweat.... to bad I really was enjoying the ride. Punk Rock out of 5

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4

Nos tocaron dos de punk seguidito, pero acá éste suena más hardcore, más "crudo". Y aunque el mood es prácticamente invariable a lo largo de todo el disco, creo que justo suena a lo que se espera según un imaginario pank. Tengo mis favs: "Six Pack", "Police Story" y "Room 13", aunque no es un disco al que vaya a regresar seguido. 8.5/10

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4

I'm not a huge black flag fan. I never got into the hardcore punk scene, although I really liked Rollins Band. Dirty Projectors cover album of this is one of my all-time faves. This was a fun listen. I wish I could go back in time and play it for a more open-minded, younger version of myself.

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4

punk

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4

I've only ever known Henry Rollins for his talking. I'll listen to more Black Flag now

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4

Como no tengo las suficientes herramientas para juzgar el punk, voy a decir que está ok porque no me hartó

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4

daora

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4

About 3.5. 4.5 for the instrumental parts

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4

i respect the fun

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4

Raw

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4

I think this album, and having listened to some Dead Kennedys earlier in the year, has given me more appreciation for hardcore punk. I've always found it a hard genre to listen to because there's often not much to latch onto except for the speed and anger. Obviously the speed and anger are the point, but that doesn't always make for an enjoyable listening experience. The bitter sarcasm that drives this album is very interesting. The songs are a clear rejection of the world around the band, but the band is often focusing their songs around an (albeit very ungenerous) interpretation of the cultural perspectives they reject. The version of themselves that they present is one of emotional turmoil. I like the energy of this album. I'm not sure how often I'm going to come back to it, but I can see why it was so influential to young punks in the 80s 4/5

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4

Material tak klasyczny w gatunku punka, ze nawet ja znalem go przed listowym pickiem, wiec kolejny szybki odsluch debiutanckiego krazka studyjnego bandy Black Flag, czyli jednej z pierwszych prawdziwie punkowych band hameryki, formacja powstala w 76, a pierwszy album jest dopiero z 81, bo jak przystalo na punka poczatki dzialalnosci to gigowanie wszedzie gdzie sie da, a z takim kontentem ciezko o rekord dile, orginalnie plyta miala byc wydana przez MCA, ale po tym jak zarzad uznal, ze brzmienie jest zbyt hardkorowe i niezbyt rodzico przyjazne grupa musiala wiec wydac plyte pod wlanym szyldem, wiec gitarzysta i glowny liryk grupy, Greg Ginn. przebranzowil swoja firme na wytworne plytowa i tak powstal SST Records, banda w czasie nagrywania Damaged liczyla 5 czlonkow, Rollins jako glowny wokal, Cadena gitarka rytmiczna, pan Dukowski na basie, ksywka strasznie polacka, ale jest on hamerykaninem, ktory wybral sobie polacka ksywke, bo jak wiadomo polaki wszedzie znienawidzone, wiec idealnie pasuje do punkowego wizerunku, ostatnim czlonkiem jest kolumbijsko hamerykanski drumer o pseudonimie Robo, 35 minutowy material, to traki wypuszczone wczesniej jako single czy epki, pomimo tego, ze glownym tworca tesktow jest wspomniany juz Ginn, to kazdy z czlonkow ma jakis credit pisarski na plycie, bo trakow jest az 15, jak przystalo na punkowe kawalki sa to krotkie i wypakowanie chaosem brzmienia kompozycje, lirycznie od samego poczatku i rise above czuc wiadomo czemu ciezko bylo sprzedac to w szanujacej sie wytworki, bo banda otwarcie mowi o tym, ze ma wyjebane na obecny establiszment muzyczny, polityczny, kulturowy, no i na jakiekolwiek ograniczenia wolnosci, bo przeciez ludzie to nie roboty, czy istoty z waldena drugiego, wiec traki o tym ze policja nadal dokucza sie pojawiaja, o tym ze nie ma nic lepszego niz wyrazanie samego siebie przez destrukcje wszystkiego wokol, czyli sardoniczne teksty dotyczace marnowania zycia jak na gimmie gimmie gimmie, gdzie jest mowa o slejwowaniu za pejczekami, czy jak na jednym z najbardziej znanych numerow bandy, to jest tv party opowiadajacym o tym jak ludzie kochaja swoje odbiorniki tv i jak dla nich zyja, ale album ma takze swoje drugie oblicze, bo tak ekspresywne wyrazanie samego siebie jak w kulturze punkowej czesto kryje za soba jakies szkielety w klozecie, ktore ktos stara sie ukryc, wiec jednym z takich szkieletorow tutaj bedzie alkohol i jego naduzywanie, ktore przewija sie podczas odsluchu, od niewinnych piwerek, gdy nie ma nic innego do roboty, do zapijania sie na smierc, zeby tylko nie kontantowac z otoczeniem, inne drugi jako forma eskejpizmu rowniez sie pojawiaja, ale to jednak alkohol jest tym glownym antagonistom, ktory ciagnie za soba depresje, marskosc watroby i wszechobecna suchosc, to wlasnie strona liryczna sprawia, ze slucha sie tego tak dobrze, tak autentyczny punk ma sporo wspolnego z murzynskimi rapersami, oba gatunki wywodza sie z podobnych korzeni najglebszych skidrowow, jesli chodzi o instrumentalna czesc plyty, to najbardziej charakterystycznym elementem jak dla mnie jest wspolpraca miedzy drumami i basem, ktore wspolnie tworza scene dla glownej gitarki, w niektorych momentach slychac, ze jest to dosc biedne nagranie pod wzgledem masteringu, glownie poziomy glosnosci, chociaz caly album jest glowny, to jednak troche lepszy balans moglby byc miedzy wokalem a instrumentami, bo rytmiczna gubi sie wsrod innych dzwiekow, ciekawa sprawa jesli chodzi o drumy jest to, ze wczesniej nie moglem dojsc do tego skad taki poglos sie bierze przy dzwiekach talerzy, a wiki mowi o tym, ze pan Robo w jakiej branzolecie gral i stad ten dziwny dzwiek, podczas walenia w wysokie talerze, a co do wokali, to jak przystalo na punka spiewem tego sie nie da nazwac, bo jest to raczej liryczna recytacja, bardziej lub mniej luryczna, a glos pana Rollinsa brzmi dosc neutralnie, wiec ani nie grzeje, ani nie chlodzi, reszta bandy takze udziela sie wokalne, zazwyczaj jako horusy czy jak na tv party dopowiadajace pewnie kwestie glosy, dawno nie sluchalem w calosci, wiec dobrze ze lista pozwolila sobie przypomniec takiego klasyka, ktory juz nawet sama okladka mowi, ze to jest wlasnie klasyG przez duze G

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4

I really like the Chats, and it's clear that they are heavily inspired by Black Flag - a band who i was familiar with, but have never listened to this album. I will definitely listen to it again though as it's really good!

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4

Very solid enjoyable thrash punk

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4

equal parts furious (Rise Above) and goofy (TV Party) - the authentic voice of American Youth. the better tracks are mostly placed earlier - it loses focus as it progresses to the end - but it still pelts along, full of rage and signifying something. iconic cover.

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4

Classic 70's punk.

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4

A reasonable punk record engineered to be loud and somewhat obnoxious. Short length tracks make way for urgency with allegro tempos and linear arrangements - 'Damaged' lays walls of overdrive guitars and hard-hitting drum patterns that ultimately incites strong dissentious emotions. While the production is short of modest for a 1980s album, the lyrics remain straightforward and upfront, though this makes the record simpler than it appears to be.

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4

5 stars for the vibes, but I wouldn't be able to tell this apart from any other set of punk rock songs because I can't understand the lyrics, and there isn't a consistent melody throughout each song.

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4

That was fast n hard, loved it

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4

Super angry, raw sound, loved it

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4

Listening to this made me want to listen to more punk. I appreciate the 15 songs coming in at just about 35 minutes. Not sure if it was intentional, but I found so many lines laugh-worthy. In Six Pack, "what do they know about partying or anything else and in TV Party, "tv's broke what are we gonna do, we're gonna miss our favorite show." I want to become a rock star so that I can cover TV Party only so that I can sing real loud, "No TV Party tonight." There's also a line in the dark, very dark Room 13 that I love, "as I'll see to it." Somehow it seems very Victorian for a punk band talking about death. I had no idea that Henry Rollins had just started as lead singer with them in 1981, while making this album.

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I first heard Damaged when I was 18, which seems about the right age. But I perhaps wasn't angry enough to get the full impact of Rollins' ire. I'll tell you what though - change "TV Party" to "Internet Party", update the shows to website and nothing much has changed. We got nothing better to do.

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Die rohe Energie ist schon echt geil, so eine unpolierte Faus in die Fresse hab ich lang nicht mehr gehört. 18 Jahre alter Stifte hätte wohl 6 Sterne gegeben, mittelalterlicher Mittelschicht Stifte gibt noch immer 4 :-D

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4

Wie sagte Henry Rollins so schön, "The Blood Brothers are gonna save us all!", der Typ weiß wovon er spricht! Und was sollman zu Black Flag mehr sagen als LEGENDARY! Später dann gaaaanz anders... Urgestein des Punk, aber 'genießbar' würd ichs heute nicht mehr unbedingt nennen! ;) Dafür umso mehr 'in your face"! TV Party, wie geil!!!

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4

Stevig punkalbum, met uitgesproken baslijnen. Best wel genoten van dit kort maar krachtig album

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4

Nasty, raucous, incisive

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4

Introduced the world to the madman known as Henry Rollins. A lot of noisy punk, with some sludgey riffs happening later in the track list. I think the recording holds back just how truly chaotic this must've been to hear live. Favorite tracks: "Gimme Gimme Gimme", "Six Pack", "Damaged I", "Padded Cell"

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4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Rise above, Tv party, Room 13

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4

Great hardcore punk album. One of the best.

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4

Går hårt...

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4

YESSSSSSS!!!!! Rise Above punches people in the face. TV Party is funny. This is a decent punk record and you can hear the seeds of something more approachable and also the start of the more modern hardcore movement. But as an album on its own? not my favorite punk record.

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4

Fast Angry Punk. Pure classic for the genre.

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4

Surprisingly fun! Top tracks: Rise above, What I See, TV Party

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4

Brabo!!

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4

Not usually a fan of older punk, and hardcore is hit or miss, but this goes hard and I get why people become such big fans of the genre. 4.5 for me but can't push it to a 5.

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4

Thought I wouldn’t be into this but I was

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Visto con la perspectiva de los años, se hace durillo de aguantar. Aunque eso no quita que sea absolutamente rompedor. Personalmente, prefiero My War, pero Damaged es el principio de muchas cosas.

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4

Despite them inventing it, I have never considered Americans to have ever really understood punk, or the potential of punk. Except for the Stooges and a fistful of others, American punk bands have never seemed that interested in the aesthetic liberation punk has offered. The Ramones, for instance, arguably limited punk by establishing a mannerism of punk, whereas the Sex Pistols concocted a philosophy of punk that emboldened a thousand and one British weirdo acts to philosophise further and stretch the possibilities of what music could be, from ABC to XTC. Or we have Nirvana trying to put punk's experimentalism at the centre of the American mainstream, but only resulting in so many whining gits writing so many feeble grungy dirges about stubbing cigarettes out on their wrists. No scene demonstrates this blinkered American take on punk than hardcore. Rather than exploring what they could do, the hardcore formula of "rough punk, played fast and heavy" not only became the creed of American punk for a decade, it became the standard definition of US punk: I once read an American review of Never Mind the Bollocks that insisted it wasn't a punk album because the songs were too long. That's the sort of warped mindset we're dealing with here, kids. (By the by, this pitiful American reverence towards the supposed edicts of a genre extends far beyond punk. How many rhythm and blues acts, pop groups, jam-bands and rappers act as if avoiding deviation from their genre's standard makes them the true inheritors of the craft? And will they ever realise that nobody cares?) So I worry that perhaps I'm approaching this album with a mild prejudice, which is that whenever I listen to hardcore punk, I feel disappointed that they didn't follow the British example of rejecting every example, and instead they just played a bit of punk. This is not to say I dislike hardcore punk: I don't. But it occasionally feels like the teenagers lobotomised themselves. Anyway, Damaged. It's a good hardcore punk album. Some of the tracks are a bit humorous, to its credit. I don't see this as a crippling existential howl at all, I see it as a good hardcore punk album. There are hardcore albums I prefer (e.g., Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables), and ones I like less (e.g., Milo Goes to College). Is there much more to say than that? Maybe you could say phrases like, "Oh, but they added mini guitar solos to the repertoire of punk," but that just means you're a trainspotter. Actually, I'll run with that. If your favourite form of punk is hardcore, you're basically a trainspotter of punk, writing down the BPM in your notebook as you slamdance. The reason you're straight-edge is because you've a thermos of weak lemon drink made for you by your mum. This album gets a clear four, but giving it a 5 marks you as spotty and bronchial. Also, I was reading about Black Flag before writing this review. After this, they turned to the Grateful Dead for inspiration. As much I should cherish such growth beyond hardcore, I'm not exactly squealing with glee at Black Flag harking to the Grateful Dead. Is there any better point to illustrate that hardcore punk is punk for trainspotters?

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4

Peak Rollins and BF

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4

Ground zero for hardcore punk. Used to listen to this in high school quite a bit.

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3

eh I dunno... I've heard this a few times and can't say I outright like it. I know it's a cultural milestone of some kind for punk rockers but the music is pretty amateur and apart from a few clever lyrics it's really nothing that cool. 3/5 just cause without it there might not have been cooler bands.

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3

Solid punk but a little samey, which i could say for most Punk I’ve heard

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3

Raw

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3

Phenomenal. Just great.

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3

First half of the CD is a 4, but man does it take a turn.

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3

deece

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3

Relentless — and relentlessly interesting. TV party tonight! (Futurama!) 6/10

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3

Rough and dirty, but also fun and energetic. I liked the energy of the album, but on the other hand I didn't feel like it had a lot of really memorable songs aside from Rise Above and TV Party. It's pretty well-executed for hardcore punk, but maybe just not exactly one of those albums you sit down and listen to while working. At least not until we graduate from 'standing desks' to 'workplace mosh pit', which would DEFINITELY have to be post-COVID

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3

A few classics but the sort of macho-Americano punk is not my favourite.

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3

Was decent, can see why it’s a classic but it wasn’t necessarily for me.

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3

Considering it came out in 1981 you can see the influence of it on later punk e.t.c. Would I listen to all 15 tracks for fun? Probably not, there's stuff it's influenced I'd rather listen to

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3

No wonder why this is hardcore punk, good TBH

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3

Gritty, driving beats, interesting guitar voicing. You can see the spoken word master that Rollins will grow to be. Not my favorite punk sub-genre (hardcore), but an element of levity adds a lot

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3

lots of yelling, which is what i expected

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3

-Great bass/drum intro on "No More" -Great Guitar intro on "Rise Above" -Overall, the guitar and drums and bass are all fantastic across the album, but I'm just not a fan of the singer. I don't think it is the not conventional singing style, but just that there is little change in basically any way throughout the whole album. There is minimal change in pitch, style, or even volume, and that kind of drags everything else down

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3

The whole thing is a parade of chaotic thrash and wild cacophony that assaults and stuns with its obsessive roar. A mosh pit will appear magically in your mind. (6/10) Favourite Tracks: Rise Above, Damaged II

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“Damaged” by Black Flag (1981) Fully aware that this review will be ignored by a majority of readers, allow me to lament that poverty from the start. Here’s an album that is punk on steroids. If you want to understand punk, this would be a good place to start. It marks the emergence onto the musical scene of lead singer Henry Rollins (only 20 years old at the time), whose interpretive intelligence and vocal athleticism are on full display in this album. Passions are well harnessed into expressions of: mockery (“TV Party”), pathetic complaint (“Thirsty and Miserable”), despair (“What I See”), depression (“Depression”), rage (almost every song on the album), and various other angst-ridden states of the heart. In terms of the underlying psychology of this collection of songs, when one burrows through the naivety and overwrought sense of seriousness, one lands on some relatively potent commentary: Black Flag counterposes chaotic youthful volition (supercharged by emotional intensity, beer, and who-knows-what other mind-altering substances) with the standard obstacles to their momentary juvenescent happiness. They are excessively intense. But I am forced to call to mind the fact that never in the history of calming down has anyone ever calmed down by being told to calm down. In “Room 13”, we doubt the sincerity of “I rely on your judgment/I've got none of my own/Don't know what I'm doing/It's hard to survive/Don't know if I can do it/I need to belong”. But we applaud the transparency. In “Damaged II”, likewise, we hear “I’m confused. Confused. Don’t wanna be confused. Don’t even feel a thing. No I don’t wanna see. But you can't make me long for your life and security. . . . Stupid feelings, Stupid illusions.” Doesn’t it make you want to sympathize, to seek to understand? If this had been expressed by a troubled child (and it was), would you not be moved to compassion or perhaps join in the misery? What would Jesus do? The rhythm is fast and energized, with instant tempo changes (very difficult to pull off with a combo) and unconventional time signatures that nevertheless make sense. There’s nothing random about these innovations. One could dance to these tunes only if one defines ‘dance’ as people basically bumping into each other. It was and they did. The cover photo depicts Henry Rollins driving his fist into a mirror. Now there’s something on which to reflect. Weaknesses on the album include compositional atonality in lead guitar solos, subdued lead vocal in the mix, and unison backing ‘vocals’ (actually yells) of low quality. It’s by no means perfect. But there’s no doubting that this production is musically expressive. It is very well done, within its genre. I nod my head unsteadily. And I am concerned. 3/5

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The highs are higher on the first side, no doubt, but I can't help but notice the lack of musical variety. The last seven songs give so much more in terms of texture and tempo variety, and the emotional beats seem much more realized. Influential sound, recording interestingly, worth my time, but not mind-blowing.

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Mostly rapid angry bellowing with a couple of witty tracks thrown in. Mercifully short at 35m 3s.

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Ok, better then I anticipated.

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TV Party tonight! TV party tonight! Classic angry youthful punk with a dash of humour. I like it.

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Liked a few songs, but noise was numbing after a while

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Dis iz PuNk MuzIK. I like the “I don’t give a hekk” attitude about the guitar

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Punkish rock...

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Groundbreaking punk, still has some good songs. Raw sounds but made with feeling

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Overall a fun punk album with raw production and energy but with entertaining lyricism that is quickly engaging. The only negative is that classic punk albums quickly lose their touch after about 20 minutes of run time.

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I'm not too fond of punk. I have a couple bands that I really enjoy but in general it tends to really grate on my nerves. This isn't too bad, I wouldn't listen to it again but I can see how it's popular.

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OK - heavy punk - but reasonably tuneful

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Chaotic and fun. Also really effing dumb. I understand that this is the point, but it also doesn't make me like it any more than I do. Best track: TV Party

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While I like punk "in general", and respect what Black Flag did, hardcore punk is just a bit noisier than what I like. Gave it some more listens, and starting to like it more, but definitely a harsher sound. 3

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Gimme "If you need a hero, just look in the mirror", well that's a lie, you just discover that after being broken. Fall into pieces but not from a puzzle, it's a damaged person who can't control its feelings and emotions, lost all the way down, confused and wasting the energy in poison. It's the contrast of working in who you're interested to look like or being yourself for a single little time, media telling the standards and stuff like that, well we consider that differently. But as life's not a bed of roses, use its perfume and hang out with your friends, raise your black flag for the first time, as in 1981 the band took that attitude, leaving a legacy for generations. B-

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Omg….. han va fräck (!!!!!!) me Nardwuar!!!!

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Can't really remember it. Sowwy

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Good discovery of punk ancestry.

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Well, it was fun. My punk tastes centre around The Sex Pistols are early The Clash. American punk tends to be fast & thrashy, and I just can't get into it. But this meandered between the two - particularly "TV Party". Didn't add but didn't dislike.

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Hardcore punk classic and fun to rage out with

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This was a very angst-y album, Porto-thrashy. This reminds me of my music taste a couple years ago, I was into thrash and this reminds me of the likes of Anthrax but it doesn’t really speak to me now. If I listen to thrash these days it has to be when I’m in an increasingly specific mood. The guitar on this album was nice. I think I’ll go for a very middle of the ground 2.75 stars here. It’s like thrash metal - it’s got the raw power which attracted me the but not as much technicality which appeals to me now.

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Hard and rude. One of the first hardcore bands.

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This LP should be used as a form of birth control. ‘Cause no one is going to want to conceive and give birth to a bunch of kids as, well, damaged as Black Flag. ‘It feels good to say what I want. It feels good to knock things down. It feels good to see the disgust in their eye. It feels good and I’m gonna go wild (‘Spray Paint’).’ With a brutal rhythm section, the whirling dervish trio of drummer Robo, bassist Chuck Dukowski, and rhythm guitarist Dez Cadena barely hanging on to the beat by the tips of their fingers and playing as if their lives depended upon it, supporting the manic maniac lead guitar playing of Greg Ginn, and the psycho desperate vocals of Henry Rollins, 'Damaged' is a parent’s worse nightmare come true. Perhaps a synopsis of the song’s themes, in order, might be the most helpful way to communicate what the listener is in for: Side One: 1) Rise Above… the shitty status quo. 2) Spray Paint… the walls of the stupid society. 3) Six pack… beer helps, more than women. 4) What I See… is all fucked up. 5) TV Party… and beer is preferable to being outside. 6) Thirsty and Miserable… and always wanting more, beer. 7) Police story… we fought the law, too, and the law won. Side Two: 1) Depression… got a hold on me. 2) Room 13… is keeping me alive. 3) Damaged II… and my stupid illusionary feelings. 4) No More… I won’t take it. 5) Padded Cell… which is the wretched plane earth. 6) Life of Pain… complete with aching muscles from digging your own grave, and taking my feelings with you. 7) Damaged I… aahhhhh. Whew, that last one, in particular, features Rollins’ vocals that can best be described as ripping raw bloody flesh off the bones with one’s teeth. When he sings(?) ‘aahhhhhh…’ it sounds, 'he' sounds positively demented. Which is why Black Flag and 'Damaged' is probably best approached and handled: with extreme caution, and from a distance, close to the exit door in case of the real possibility that someone, maybe the whole band, snaps. And they’re very, very close. Like a pack of cornered rabid raccoons. But one would need to be a little feral to pull of this kind of hardcore punk and ‘free’/avant garde jazz hybrid. Several of the songs featured changing time signatures, free time signatures, and physically abused time signatures. Loose, seriously loose, but not sloppy, per se. This LP has been heavily rehearsed, especially for punks, but afterwards spun around and pummeled by the members of the band like a bat to a piñata, until all the musical candy comes gushing out from the bowels. If you like that kind of thing in your music, and I do, then you’re in for a good time. And don’t blink or you’ll miss it. I don’t think there’s much of middle ground here. You’re either gonna dig this, or run away with both hands tearing at your hair and screaming bloody murder; which, coincidentally is what those of us who do love it are doing in the mosh pit ourselves anyway, so it doesn’t really matter, does it? It all boils down to the same reaction. The only real reaction to Black Flag.

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At the risk of hurting my punk cred, I didn't really get the big deal about this, not compared to other classics like the Clash or the Dead Kennedys.

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3.3 + A lot of fuss has been kicked up about these guys and I dutifully gave them their due. I read Henry Rollins’ memoir “Get in the Van” and listened to their records. To me, it’s another case of a band’s backstory being more compelling than their actual output. Not that this record is bad. I appreciate the DIY aesthetic and the guitar work is on point. But as a personality, Rollins is pretentious and abrasive and defaults to a holier-than-thou mindset. All this would be fine if he had the vocal chops to back up the attitude. Though he grunts clearly and enunciates his words to make his meaning understood, I find the message two-dimensional (see “TV Party”). While I like their story, their work ethic and their branding, Black Flag’s music is overrated.

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Like the vibe and the gravelly Henry Rollins take on Punk Rock. That said, no winners here IMO. ROUNDING UP

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Some great riffs, and a shit voice

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Punk albums are a mixed bag. I like the raw element to them, but production always seems lacking, even when intentionally rough sounding. I want to like it more, but it's just good.

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Cool zu hören. Beachtlich für die 80er

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Very refreshing

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I like early Black Flag, but I've always thought Damaged marks the point where they stopped being good. But I haven't heard it in a long time, so I listened to it again today, and my opinion didn't change. There are some decent songs here, but even those come with caveats. Rise Above is nice, but it sounds very similar to We Must Bleed by the Germs , which is a much better song (and band). Six Pack is fine, but I prefer the EP version. On the other hand, there are some pretty fucking bad songs here, like TV Party. What were they even thinking with that one? I also didn't like the long and/or slow songs like Damaged I and II that were pretty hard to listen to and are a sign of what was to come, which was nothing good.

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Sounds like it could have been written and performed by a British punk band. I like it.

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Black Flag’s Damaged is like the pilot episode of your favourite TV show. The cast is missing a key member or two, the writers haven't found their stride and it was shot independently before being picked up so the whole thing feels raw - but there's a foundation for something great. The proto slacker tunes like Six Pack and TV Party experiment with apathy to subvert the overly serious conventions of the east coast scene - laying a foundation for bands like Descendants to follow. More influentially Rise Above can be credited as being one of the first hardcore jams, a genre I still love today. That's about where the good things end for me. This album was abrasive to the point of being unlistenable, especially the second half. Sometimes, playing as hard and as loud as you can works, but mostly it doest.

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Hardcore punk. Demasiado iguales todas las canciones. Ni fu ni fa.

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I’m not young and I’m not angry… this album wasn’t recorded for me!

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Hardcore just isnt my thing.

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Acho que curto o que punk representa mas não curto tanto a música

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was ok - would fit a skateboarding video soundtrack but wouldn't listen to it normally

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Goodness. What noise.

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Not really my kind of music.

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A bit full on for a Monday

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I could not enjoy this album at all. To my ears, it's an album of discordant guitars and whiny Californians screaming about how miserable their lives are. I know that this album is supposed to be one of the best punk albums ever, but I guess I'm not punk enough to understand it.

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I appreciate hardcore punk but it makes my ears sad

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Best listened to while violently slamming into others in a mosh pit. First few songs are ok but it gets boring fast due to lack of variety

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Just not for me

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When they sent us Guided by Voices a couple of weeks ago I felt the songs were too short – they were catchy but ended just as they got going. These songs are short too, but most can’t end fast enough for me. There’s some humor in TV Party and Six Pack but it’s pretty juvenile.

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Ok if you like that kinda thing

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I guess this is what neo nazis listen to or something.

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tara liked it less than me but i didnt really care. i'd rather listen to it than some of the others.

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Punk's not really my thing...

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Didn’t like punk in the 70s, still don’t ! **

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Wasn’t a huge fan of this project. When I saw the cover I was prepared for some heavy music, but was taken back by how punk it sounded. Not horrible, but not for me.

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Don’t like live recordings

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Was interesting listening to Black Flag (1981) next to The Cure's Pornography (1982). I hear where a lot of bands drew inspiration from these guys, perhaps even The Beastie Boys. Fond of "TV Party" and "Rise Above" otherwise exhausting to listen to the whole album in one sitting. Giving it a 2.5

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It's...I don't know, fine? I don't despise it enough to brand it with a 1 and seemed OK with a few songs. I guess there's a place for it on the list, but just barely. It's in the lower 2's. I'm probably being generous because I like Henry Rollins, maybe more as a screen presence than a singer. The TV Party song that gives SNL a shout out saves it from being a 1.

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Razumijem voljenje ovog albuma od strane pankera, i sve to stoji, međutim meni ne drži vodu previše, ali mi je najbolja TV Party jer mi je smiješna i dobra u isto vrijeme :'D

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I gave this a shot, but I didn’t enjoy it. I don’t think punk is really for me.

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Nah

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Fast and furious, 15 short metal punk songs in just over half an hour. Making rock achievable again.

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eh, not for me

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5/10

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Black Flag raised some red flags with me. Had to check if they were Nazis, apparently not at all, but some of their listeners are, not their fault but not my bag.

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Oh Hank, calm TF down. Playing live in bands was fun but having a punk band on the card was always rubbish. Bass players always on the down stroke is fun though. I can live without this thanks

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Eh. Its super punk or whatever. I was never as enamored with punk as my peers were. Super basic and boring music, wouldnt listen to it again.

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5/10

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5/10

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Punk that seemed slightly less aggravating than some others before however it's still a genre and album that I cannot ensure for longer than 10 minutes

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Loud and obnoxious 2 🌟

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Not a fan of punk music. It was OK.

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Punk.

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The more albums I listen to, the more I realize I like what I like already. Old grump I guess.

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No thank you

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Loud and obnoxious 2 🌟

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At least it was quick.

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rise above rise above

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A little too manic for me, needed a bit more of a hook

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It might be an important artifact, but overall just didn’t age well and didn’t connect with me

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Not my type of music.

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2.5/5. Difficult one for me to enjoy. I think if I was in the mood, this would be great, but after listening to it all day - nothing stood out to me. Maybe another day, it will be awesome.

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This one wasn't nearly as bad as I'd expected. I usually hate punk rock, hardcore even more so. But this was at least listenable without skipping more than two or three tracks. That's quite something! I guess it's because the guitars are actually quite good. Not good enough to enjoy the music, but good enough to not hate it. That's something.

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I like some of the bands they clearly later inspired, but it's a bit raw and samey for me. 2/5

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Ist etwas arg punkig. Nicht so meins

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Ich verabscheue Punk. Erste 4 Schläge, gleich scheiße. Nach den ersten 3 Takten vom 2. Song habe ich ausgemacht. Möchte ich nicht hören müssen.

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pass

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Not much into heavy metal. Couldn't make it through Rise Above, which is apparently the most listened to song on the album.

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Damaged is what my ears were after listening to 5 tracks of this. No thanks.

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My favorite part is when it ended. I won’t be giving out many 1 stars but this one sure earned it.

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I do not like this kind of music at all. I'll elevate it to a 1.5 because of TV Party.

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Nada

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Childish lyrics, tuneless shouted vocals, unsubtle instrumentation. If a comedy sketch show was to make a parody of a punk album, it would sound like this. One novelty song on an album can be fun, 15 is just tiresome.

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shite. I mean, it's revered as this groundbreaking US punk, but, it's still shite. and i like punk..

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Ik zie hier echt de lol niet van in

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Sorry, no.

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I really thought I would like this... But it was a bit too much. Too loud, too angry, too shouty.

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Punk is one of those genres that I've never got on with, this album did nothing to change that. The songs are short lived but unfortunately there's a lot of them and they all sound very similar. 1*

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Could take it or leave it.

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trash for 14 year olds angry at their dad

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Couldn't listen to all of it 🙁

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I can see some people liking this album. It just really isn't my speed. This came across as ear-grating l, headache inducing nonsense. I'll stick with the Sex Pistols and the Ramones when I listen to punk rock.

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Flaming pile of trash

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not my cup of tea

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Not my cup of tea. If you are into this kind of music perhaps they are among the best, but I honestly can't tell if this is a good or bad band within this genre. It's just noise to me and I was having a real hard time to even finish listen to the whole album.

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Not good

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Influential my arse !

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Generic punk rock. Nothing special standing out to me here. Six Pack and Tv Party are heavy influencers to The Chats with novelty themes of getting drunk and being a lad. Other than that, it’s just a 35 minute racket. Toward the end of this album I was questioning my existence and my sanity.

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punk never really did much for me, always felt you had to be there to really appreciate it this album really could be 2/3 the size or length 1 - terrible, can't stand any of it whereas Another Music In A Different Kitchen had something for me at least this has nothing and could be parody and it would not surprise me just preachy screaming nonsense

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Hardcore punk isn't my stuff.

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Horrific. Nails on the chalkboard.

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Not a fan of the punk rock

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Too hard

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Pretty rough album that may be the most punk sounding album I’ve heard. The lyrics are messy. The vocals aren’t good. The instrumentals are chaotic. It’s punk but not the kind I like. 2.7/10

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I found this ok, but maybe a little too much over breakfast. When it got to ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ I was hoping for an ABBA cover…

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Nix für mich 😬 klingt irgendwie alles gleich und es gibt kaum Abstufungen in Power und Lautstärke, aber kenn mich da auch nicht aus

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Sorry Henry, too noisy.

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No thanks 🤷🏼‍♂️

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Well that’s 35 mins of my life I won’t get back. I thought public image ltd was bad, this seems to have taken that art form to whole new depths, words fail me. Again, in order to appreciate the good you have to sample the bad, and that’s what this is, the new low point

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no interest in this one

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Yea no miss me with that

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Nope, too weak

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Not for me.

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Nope nonsense thrash metal

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mean to nardwuar

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I hate the singers voice so much Im sure this is a great album that was influential and helped grow punk but I am not a fan of punk so I give this a 1/10

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Boring, repetitive, ugly noise. The instrumentation on songs such as "TV Party" and "Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie" would at least be tolerable if it weren't for the thoroughly grating vocals. If this is what anarchy sounds like, I'd rather just be a conformist. Out of the 10 albums I've listened to from this site so far, this is the first I can not imagine revisiting a single track from. This particularly nasty brand of hardcore punk is just not for me. Standout tracks: None

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Un dolor. Casi le pongo un 2 porque me empezó a gustar una canción, pero luego me di cuenta de que esa canción ya no era de ellos, sino era sugerencia de Deezer :D.

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