Flipper
Gone Fishin'


4.0
excellent

Review

by porch USER (8 Reviews)
September 18th, 2012 | 22 replies | 2,808 views


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Always out of step with the prevailing direction of early 80s hardcore, the early material of San Francisco's Flipper had a subversiveness and dark wit that set them apart. Their first full length was the proto-noise rock/sludge of Generic - characterized by thick, repetitive basslines, sardonic one-liners and Ted Falconi’s feedback bleeding guitar, it remains a distinctive sound and a punk rock classic.

Gone Fishin’ gets far less recognition than the debut, which is unfortunate because it continued the attitude of doing whatever they felt like, yielding probably their best songs in the process. Not as musically one-tone as the debut, the band incorporated a more diverse array of instrumentation (xylophone, sax, piano) in a non-gimmicky fashion while sacrificing little of their intensity. Despite this, the artier leanings and more polished production definitely make it a more accessible, nuanced listen than Generic on the whole; the relentlessly thudding, tuneless bass “In Life, My Friends” blends perfectly with swirling guitar noise to become oddly catchy despite its ugliness, while the ominous bass intro of the dirge-like “Survivors of the Plague” soon gives way to Falconi’s textured playing. It’s not all great from start to finish, but the uneventful “Talk is Cheap” is at least quickly compensated for by the albums closing one-two punch, two of the best songs here.

Flipper’s second LP takes the blueprint established on Generic and builds upon it. By the time the band recorded their third proper album, it was 1993, Shatter was dead and Flipper were shadows of their former selves. Gone Fishin’ shouldn’t be overlooked by anyone with an affinity for its more well known predecessor.



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porch
September 18th 2012



8451 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

any flipper fans in these parts aside from illmitch and spare

survivors of the plague: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XIg1wpbcd8

sniper
September 18th 2012



18972 Comments


i'll give it a go.

and pos

Digging: Towers - Bel Air Highrise Plantation

porch
September 18th 2012



8451 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

cool, report back

KILL
September 18th 2012



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

damn dude sweet, only heard generic but i'll def get this

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

ThroneOfAgony
September 18th 2012



3485 Comments


10 bucks for sunglasses? Fuck that

Tyrael
September 18th 2012



20740 Comments


Nice work porch

I also wanted to thank you sharing your knowledge with people on this site (especially me) because I've discovered a bunch of great records thanks to you... So, thanks man.

WeepingBanana
September 18th 2012



10047 Comments


yeah Generic is rad i'll have to check this

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
September 18th 2012



16134 Comments


dis be gud

Cheers for keeping the stream of reviews coming.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
September 18th 2012



6366 Comments


I liked this better than Generic. More accomplished, if anything.

Digging: Shackleton - Deliverance Series No. 1

adhoc
September 18th 2012



216 Comments


sucks

LifeAsAChipmunk
September 18th 2012



4854 Comments


cool, gonna give this a listen.

demigod!
December 7th 2013



43889 Comments


WE HAVE

NOTHIN

Digging: Black Flag - My War

KILL
December 7th 2013



70599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

gona listen to this again thanks for remindin me demi

porch
December 7th 2013



8451 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

those 20 seconds or so after the "we built these slums where we starve" part in survivors of the plague get me every time

might be my fav flipper song

demigod!
December 7th 2013



43889 Comments


yeah, that song was amazing


not sure if i like this more than generic, it's definitely weirder but not as visceral imo

need to jam again and louder

porch
December 7th 2013



8451 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah i dunno if i could pick 1 over the other but this is about as perfect a follow-up as they could've done

Gwyn.
February 27th 2014



14896 Comments


Who's your boy

Digging: Grief - Come to Grief

hikingmetalpunk
March 21st 2014



906 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome fucking album

Digging: Dead Congregation - Promulgation of the Fall

Gwyn.
March 27th 2014



14896 Comments


Yeah

Aren't you listening

porch
March 28th 2014



8451 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

whoever's wailin on the sax in that song does a good job, fuckin love those parts



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