Album – Generic Flipper

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Album – Generic Flipper
Studio album by Flipper
Released 1982
Recorded Oct 31, 1980-Aug 1981
Genre Punk rock
Noise rock
Length 40:15
Label Subterranean Records
Def American (1993 reissue)
SPV Recordings (1993 German release)
Water Records (2008 reissue)
Domino Records (2009 UK & European release)
Producer Flipper and Chris
Flipper chronology
Album – Generic Flipper
(1982)
Gone Fishin'
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A[2]

Album – Generic Flipper is the debut album by the San Francisco band Flipper. In November 2007, Blender magazine ranked it #86 on their list of the 100 greatest "indie rock" albums of all time.[3] It is also referred to as Album, Album: Generic, Generic Flipper, and just Generic. It is considered a groundbreaking album, the first album to play with the sludge and heaviness of early Black Sabbath but still be considered a punk album.[4]

Generic Flipper was issued on CD for the first time by American Recordings (formerly Def American) in 1992 and later deleted. In 2008, the rights reverted to Flipper, and the album was reissued December 9, 2008 by Water Records. Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, who joined Flipper in 2006, contributed liner notes to the new reissue. Kurt Cobain listed it in his top 50 albums of all time.[5][6]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Ever" (Loose)  – 2:56
  2. "Life Is Cheap" (Loose)  – 3:55
  3. "Shed No Tears" (Shatter)  – 4:26
  4. "(I Saw You) Shine" (Shatter)  – 8:31

Side two[edit]

  1. "The Way of the World" (Shatter)  – 4:23
  2. "Life" (Shatter)  – 4:44
  3. "Nothing" (Loose)  – 2:18
  4. "Living for the Depression" (Ant/Loose)  – 1:23
  5. "Sex Bomb" (Shatter)  – 7:48

Personnel[edit]

  • Will Shatter – bass (1, 2, 5, 7, 8), lead vocals (3, 4, 6, 9), backup vocals (8)
  • Bruce Loose – bass (3, 4, 6, 9), lead vocals (1, 2, 5, 7, 8), backup vocals (6), special effects and bass feedback (7)
  • Ted Falconi – guitars
  • Steve DePace – drums, snare (4, 9), tympani and extra percussion (7)
  • Flipper – hand clapping (1), percussion (7)

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bobby – saxophone (9)
  • Ward – saxophone (9)
  • Curtis – percussion (7)
  • Die Ant – percussion (7)
  • Johnnie – percussion (7)
  • "others" – percussion (7)

Production[edit]

  • Chris: Producer
  • Flipper: Producer

Covers[edit]

Melvins covered "Way of the World" on their compilation album Singles 1-12.

Unto Ashes covered "Way of the World" on their 2005 album Grave Blessings.[7]

R.E.M. covered "Sex Bomb" on their 1994 fan club Christmas single.

Influence[edit]

Mike Keneally namechecked the album in his song "Beautiful", which appeared on the 2006 Mike Keneally Band album Guitar Therapy Live.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r7453
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Robert Christgau: CG: Feelies". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever" — #90 to #81. Blender. 9 November 2007. Retrieved on 19 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Review of Generic Flipper" Sobriquet Magazine 2 December 2008. Retrieved on 6 July 2009.
  5. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 
  7. ^ Grave Blessings 5/10 2008