Album – Generic Flipper

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Album – Generic Flipper
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Studio album by Flipper
Released March 30, 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)Gone Fishin'1984
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[4]
Select 4/5[5]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 10/10[6]
The Village Voice A[7]

Album – Generic Flipper is the debut album by the San Francisco band Flipper. In November 2007, Blender magazine ranked it No. 86 on their list of the 100 greatest "indie rock" albums of all time.[8] It is also referred to as Album, Album: Generic, Generic Flipper and just Generic. 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 on 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.[9][10]

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 collection Singles 1-12.

Unto Ashes covered "Way of the World" on their 2005 album Grave Blessings.[11]

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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
position
UK Indie Chart[12] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. "Generic – Flipper". AllMusic. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ "Flipper: Generic Flipper". Q (85): 120. October 1993. 
  4. ^ "Flipper: Generic Flipper". Record Collector: 92. Sonically, Generic stands up as a bleak-rock marvel thick with the dirt of the era... Its impact on Kurt Cobain is there in every nihilist twang of tracks such as 'Shed No Tears' and 'The Way of the World.' 
  5. ^ Perry, Andrew (October 1993). "Flipper: Generic Flipper". Select (40): 96. 
  6. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 4, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "The 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever" — #90 to #81. Blender. 9 November 2007. Retrieved on 19 December 2008.
  9. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  10. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 
  11. ^ Grave Blessings 5/10 2008
  12. ^ Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.