The First Four Years

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The First Four Years
Black Flag - The First Four Years cover.jpg
Compilation album by
RecordedJanuary 1978 – April 1981 at Media Art Studios in Hermosa Beach, California
GenreHardcore punk
LabelSST (021)
ProducerSpot, Geza X, Black Flag
Black Flag chronology
Everything Went Black
The First Four Years
My War
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

The First Four Years is a compilation album by the American hardcore punk band Black Flag. It was released in 1983 on SST Records. The compilation consists of all of the group's material released before Henry Rollins became the band's vocalist in 1981. It essentially collects the extended plays Nervous Breakdown (1979), Jealous Again (1980), Six Pack (1981), and the single "Louie Louie", with two tracks from various artists' compilation albums.

Tracks 1–4 are taken from Nervous Breakdown, tracks 5–9 are taken from Jealous Again, tracks 11–13 are from Six Pack, and tracks 15–16 are taken from the "Louie Louie" single. Tracks 10 and 14 were originally released on the New Alliance Records compilation albums Cracks in the Sidewalk (1980) and Chunks (1981).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Greg Ginn, except where noted.

1."Nervous Breakdown"2:08
2."Fix Me"0:57
3."I've Had It"1:26
4."Wasted" (Keith Morris, Ginn)0:51
5."Jealous Again"1:52
7."White Minority"1:03
8."No Values"1:45
9."You Bet We've Got Something Personal Against You!" (Chuck Dukowski, Ginn)0:52
10."Clocked In"1:30
11."Six Pack"2:19
12."I've Heard It Before" (Dukowski, Ginn)1:38
13."American Waste" (Dukowski)1:32
14."Machine" (Dukowski, Dez Cadena)1:25
15."Louie Louie" (written and originally performed by Richard Berry; additional lyrics by Cadena)1:18
16."Damaged I" (Ginn, Cadena)4:05
Total length:24:40




  1. ^ Dougan, John. "The First Four Years – Black Flag | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2015.