Wipers
Youth of America


5.0
classic

Review

by porch USER (7 Reviews)
March 16th, 2011 | 281 replies | 16,594 views


Release Date: 1981 | Tracklist


15 of 17 thought this review was well written

At his peak, the Wipers' Greg Sage could evoke the grey winter skies and rain soaked streets of the bands hometown Portland with a flick of his amp switch, channeling themes ranging from social alienation to alien abduction and wrapping them in a haze of paranoid imagery and blistering guitar playing that was virtually unrivalled in punk circles at the time. The sense of outsider culture that permeates the songs on his band's first three classic albums probably had roots in the Wipers near hermetic tendencies and relative isolation from any external scene: Sage was fiercely independent, choosing to self-release the bands early records and build his own equipment, with his sense of willfulness evidently finding its way into the music. Ignoring the more popular trends of the time, he opted for deeper, more expansive songwriting on 1981’s Youth of America, the bands dread filled follow-up to debut album Is This Real?. Where its predecessor focused on short, punchy blasts of punk that combined brooding unease with powerpop choruses, YOA embraces long, dramatic songs and claustrophobic atmospherics, allowing Sage’s growing creativity and instrumental prowess to come to the fore. The hypnotic psych-punk of the title track is not just the highlight of the record but a classic of the 1980s underground; standing at ten minutes long, it’s an anthemic call to arms propelled by a burning guitar riff that hurtles through a bleak sonic wasteland of crackling feedback and spoken-word vocals. When the final notes of album closer “When It’s Over” come through the speakers it’s easy to see why the Wipers influence resonated deep into the US underground and beyond, even if Greg Sage remains an underappreciated figure.



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Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2011



17204 Comments


such a good album. love the review.

Inveigh
March 16th 2011



24946 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice, you finally reviewed this. great as usual dude.

I need to listen to this again, it's been too long.

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couldwinarabbit
March 16th 2011



6996 Comments


Review is the perfect length and really well written. Album is fucking awesome, I should probably bump it up to a 5.

porch
March 16th 2011



8453 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks guys

the first 3 albums are all pretty much flawless imo

ConsiderPhlebas
March 16th 2011



6157 Comments


The first track is on their best of, doesn't sound like my thing, though. Cool review.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
March 16th 2011



17204 Comments


when it comes to early 80s underground music, this and Group Sex are my favorites.

porch
March 16th 2011



8453 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

been on a steady diet of wipers and flipper during the last few days

might write some more lazy 1 paragraph reviews while i'm in the mood

couldwinarabbit
March 16th 2011



6996 Comments


I should get their other two albums.

porch
March 16th 2011



8453 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

you mean their other eight albums

you definitely need is this real? and over the edge but most of the others are worth hearing too

DoubtGin
March 16th 2011



6749 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

high five

Xenophanes
Emeritus
March 16th 2011



10593 Comments


great review, porch

huskerdoo
March 16th 2011



226 Comments


wow this didn't have a review

accompliceofmydeath
March 16th 2011



4200 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the first 3 albums are all flawless imo

this

Listening to this and Flipper? Man, you are me 5 years ago. I need to bust these out again.

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porch
March 16th 2011



8453 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

flipper rules ok

AggravatedYeti
March 16th 2011



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really should hear this.
great write up porch

mallen-
March 16th 2011



1235 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great review porch, gonna check this out

bungy
March 16th 2011



8843 Comments


sweet

couldwinarabbit
March 17th 2011



6996 Comments


is this real?

is really really good thanks man.

Kiran
Emeritus
March 17th 2011



6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice work porch

Tyrael
March 17th 2011



20828 Comments


I didn't know you were such a great writer. Pos.



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