My War

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This article is about the Black Flag album. For the Bear Quartet album, see My War (The Bear Quartet album). For the book, see My War: Killing Time in Iraq.
My War
Studio album by Black Flag
Released March 1984
Recorded December 1983
Genre Hardcore punk, heavy metal
Length 40:24
Label SST
Producer Greg Ginn, Spot, Bill Stevenson
Black Flag chronology
The First Four Years
My War
Family Man
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B− [2]
Stylus Very Positive [3]
Punknews 5 stars[4]

My War is the second full length album by the American hardcore punk band Black Flag. It was released in 1984 on SST Records.

Black Flag's founder and primary songwriter Greg Ginn played bass guitar in addition to his usual guitar; "Dale Nixon" (credited for playing bass on the album) is a pseudonym.

My War was released after a long period where the band could not release any albums due to a legal dispute with Unicorn Records.

The first six songs on the a-side of My War are similar to the material on 1981's Damaged, but the three songs on the b-side proved that Black Flag was moving away from the band's early, fast-paced material. All songs on side B are played at about half the pace of the band's earlier material, each clocking in at over six minutes, and display a doomy, ominous sound indebted to Black Sabbath. My War is generally cited as being a major influence on many bands in the sludge metal and grunge genres. Two of the songs featured on the album are solely written by Chuck Dukowski ("My War" and "I Love You") though he was no longer a member of the band by this point and does not perform on the album.

Kurt Cobain listed it in his top fifty albums of all time.[5][6]

The song "My War" was featured in the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V.[7]


The album's artwork was illustrated by Raymond Pettibon as with all Black Flag's artwork. Contrary to the belief of depicting Adolf Hitler being punched in the face with a boxing glove, it actually depicts a hand puppet clutching a kitchen knife. The small tie is meant to imply this.

Track listing[edit]

Side A

  1. "My War" (Dukowski) – 3:46
  2. "Can't Decide" (Ginn) – 5:22
  3. "Beat My Head Against the Wall" (Ginn) – 2:34
  4. "I Love You" (Dukowski) – 3:27
  5. "Forever Time" (Ginn/Rollins) – 2:30
  6. "The Swinging Man" (Ginn/Rollins) – 3:04

Side B

  1. "Nothing Left Inside" (Ginn/Rollins) – 6:44
  2. "Three Nights" (Ginn/Rollins) – 6:03
  3. "Scream" (Ginn) – 6:52



Chart (1984) Peak
UK Indie Chart[8] 5


  1. ^ John Dougan. "My War - Black Flag : AllMusic". Retrieved July 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau: Black Flag reviews
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 
  7. ^ ref
  8. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.