Wipers
Over the Edge


4.5
superb

Review

by DrJohn USER (22 Reviews)
September 4th, 2014 | 53 replies


Release Date: 1983 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Alienation, inner groove distortion and property law. [The right of self-defense pt. 2]

The term alienation could be interpreted as estrangement or detachment from the community or the surrounding environment. Yet, when one is looking at the spin of the vinyl through bare eyes, he could picture the grooves as coaxial cycles of regressive diameters. The outer cycles seem more detached from each other with plenty of space to move. The producer might justify it; superior appeals… the catchiness… marquee or plain opening act value. The cycles condense as we move towards the centre. The proximity of the inner grooves - apparent company - is the actual reason that can bury them under a sea of distortion. Some seem to lack the space necessary to express themselves, and therefore act over protectively towards what little they have.

Switch sides and repeat.

Greg Sage is neither a misanthrope nor a hermit. He has an affinity towards those who were caught inside the vortex, the ones who could not be heard. He has a soft spot, for those with the inner groove distortion; longing for clarity as the opening tracks on each side. Moreover, Sage knows that the underground cycles, have always set the higher pitch and volume; frequency standards for their surroundings or the surface.

Static.

Fittingly enough, Wipers underwent a hiatus as the 80s drew to a close, while the grooves became a series of zeros and ones, as global aesthetics plundered by a sea of glam, hair spray, and artificial white denture. Some years later, the first three albums of the Oregonians found their way a few miles up the sacred mosaic, and were included in the top 50 list of one possessed with a more unkempt taste. More importantly, their influence resonated as their essence resurfaced through his tunes. Fortunately, when it pertains to property law, alienation refers to the legal transfer of title of ownership to another party.

Carefully tucked into the sleeve and back to the shelf in a non-alphabetical order, somewhere between The Sonics and Nirvana…

In conclusion, I will not risk a fine or being reprimanded, by stating that this 1983 album merits a place amongst the top punk albums ever recorded, nor I am claiming that the placement on the above shelf suggests ranking. Nonetheless, for what it’s worth “Over the Edge” can provide a valid musical case; the rich minerals actuating tectonic movement under the Pacific North West or elsewhere, over time - in one form or another - are meant to find their way and govern the apparent surface; rightfully claiming their own… distorted marquee spot.



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DrJohn
September 4th 2014


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The second part of my plea. Enjoy

TheBarber
September 4th 2014


2182 Comments


gotta say whataguy

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zakalwe
September 4th 2014


9092 Comments


The Doc is 'the Guy'
Quality mate!

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JohnnyOnTheSpot
September 4th 2014


1896 Comments


I'm not sure if I love your reviews or hate them, but they're always an interesting read so props for thinking outside the box. pos

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BMDrummer
September 4th 2014


9898 Comments


need to jam this band soon

DrJohn
September 4th 2014


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Tnhx for reading mates.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DNDPEZpnx4
Here's a 90s live version of "Doom Town".

InfamousGrouse
September 4th 2014


3592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Woah big day, this gets a review

TheBarber
September 4th 2014


2182 Comments


Greg Sage really looks like he's putting one or two sails on that sound

jefflebowski
September 4th 2014


8257 Comments


another great review, and about bloody time someone gave this a writeup

not as good as youth of america but a damn consistent record

TheBarber
September 4th 2014


2182 Comments


fav Wipers in the end, Youth of America has 2 almost insta skippable tracks

zakalwe
September 4th 2014


9092 Comments


The only slight irk is the Doc has setup a primer so people will 'understand' the review. Don't let em win Doc!!

DrJohn
September 4th 2014


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Mate… I was having second thoughts as well... off it goes.

zakalwe
September 4th 2014


9092 Comments


Legend!

demigod!
September 4th 2014


45254 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

whoa, this didn't have a review? job well done sir

such a great album

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DrJohn
September 4th 2014


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

thnx

jefflebowski
September 4th 2014


8257 Comments


'fav Wipers in the end, Youth of America has 2 almost insta skippable tracks'

which ones? at a guess i'd say a couple of the shorter ones

DrJohn
September 4th 2014


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pardon me

TheBarber
September 4th 2014


2182 Comments


bingo, Can This Be and Taking Too Long stick out like broken thumbs tbh, the outtake track Scared Stiff is pretty cool though but doesn't fit the overral album (wich is my biggest issue with the said two tracks)

jefflebowski
September 4th 2014


8257 Comments


dude no, taking too long adds variety (the wipers' only real weakness) and has a killer chorus

can this be is the weakest though agreed but it's still as good as most of this and i don't see
how it doesn't fit

InfamousGrouse
September 4th 2014


3592 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cause it's TAKINGTAKINGTAKINGTAKING

song rules



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