Flipper
Album – Generic Flipper


4.0
excellent

Review

by ffs USER (26 Reviews)
September 27th, 2015 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1982 | Tracklist

Review Summary: ever feel?

This album is incisive. Despite its blunt production and deliberate clumsiness and seeming inadequacy at doing anything correctly at all, it will slice you completely in half without making any mess on the carpet. The truth is heavy and so is this album. It is easy to see why this album is credited as inspiring/originating the sludge sound because it is thick and oozing and disgusting and would require some kind of really expensive industrial grade cleaning agent to remove properly. Just hearing the leering, jeering sincerity in the lyrics will core you like a pumpkin at Halloween. The stone cold truths spoken on this album will make you wonder about yourself and the world and look around the room in sheepish, private terror to try and see if anyone else feels the same way and you will never truly know. Clap along to opener "Ever" like the member of a species of parasitic failure that you are and inwardly admit the answer is 'yes' to all of the questions that are asked and just as you really get into it and are waiting for the answer to all of these crushing existential maladies and how to fix yourself and finally be a proper person and do some real good on this Earth find out the only answer is "so what?".

Professional misanthropy apologists Flipper are a band that employ militantly unrehearsed vocals with scornful lyrics that would make Shakespeare say "damn...". The bass playing is absolutely dismal, just really depressing all the time. Some real stone cold hopelessness to be found here folks, a straight up dejection injection directly into the brain’s heart. But even though it sounds like it is lumbering through an endless downward spiral into the dirt of a forgotten forever the bass is consistently the only thing holding together the absolute sordid, ragged mess of other instrumentation going on; the buzz of guitar and haphazard slap of drums, all the band members sounding like they’re about to give up at any given time but never quite doing so and holding up a mirror to the listener’s own begrudging compliance with the perverse, self deprecating pleasure to be gleefully carved from each song.

Just as distorted and repetitive as real life, each song features smirked quips such “Life is the only thing worth living for”, haplessly shrugged recognitions like “that's the way of the world", unerring sardonic one liners like "life is pretty cheap it's not hard to find", and proud cynicisms such as "who cares anyway, who listens to what I say // this song rhyme's and we play it in time" which are just a small selection of the unadulterated truths to be heard here. But even though Flipper know stuff is bad they also do not really give a shit: "Nothing" even starts with the hilarious and intentionally amateurish "right... everybody start at the same time, ready?" to really highlight the non-existent respect Flipper have for their medium.

Beneath the chiding, schizophrenically self aware lyrics Flipper wrote some devastatingly real and raw societal angst. Epic "(I Saw You) Shine" takes responsibility to air out an exhausted, delirious truth that every human knows deep within themselves. Just try and hear the words “I'VE GOT TO STRIP THIS FLESH FROM MY BONES” and “I’VE GOT TO HAMMER THE WALLS WITH MY HANDS” and not feel the exact same way. The seething accusation of “I SAW YOU SHINE” is message to the inner core of every single listener, informing them that Flipper know just as well as they do that they are exactly the same as every other person in that they aren't doing the best they possibly can with their lives and they should just feel terrible about it.

"Sex Bomb" is the ultimate song of acceptance. Contextually it is probably one of the best album closers ever. A singular primal acknowledgement of what humans are really for: compulsively mushing together their weird sexual organs in a crude, disgusting, ritualised ordeal that their brains will probably never truly grasp how to question or resist, and then afterwards making sure to brag about it to all their fellow narcissistic apes. There is a rare legitimate inner peace within the uninhibited "whhooOOOAAAA"s and other bestial enunciations that soar over the thrumming bass and spectacularly cheesy saxophones (complete with an absolutely catastrophic solo) that are juxtaposed to some seriously irreverent feedback/distortion guitar fuckery that are like a complete admission to what a disgusting, predictable creature man really is to the point where you will want to shoot your own dick and/or clit right in the head. But even if you do choose to mutilate your own genitalia you will still want to dance to the song because the grooves are true and utterly self-indulgent and maybe you will lament not just using your swollen members just one more time because it does feel really good doesn't it. Anyway, if anyone wants to have sex please message me.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
BMDrummer
September 27th 2015


13757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

holy shit finally a better review for this



i love you

IHateRadiohead
September 27th 2015


343 Comments


The review this album deserved.

ffs
September 27th 2015


5175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

was hard to write this without mentioning kurt cobain but i did it

WeepingBanana
September 27th 2015


10455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ever look at a flower and hate it?

enedwaith
September 27th 2015


1865 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

life is the OONLY thing woorth liiiviin foooooooooor

Supercoolguy64
September 27th 2015


7792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great album

Digging: Asterisk* - Dogma

ArsMoriendi
September 27th 2015


18446 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

From the 2 songs I know on here... good band I think

Digging: Blue Men - I Hear a New World

Adabelle
September 27th 2015


4304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid album I owe more time to. Review captures it

NeroCorleone80
September 27th 2015


33998 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome

Digging: Dog Faced Hermans - Those Deep Buds

Ryus
September 27th 2015


12728 Comments


sweet

ShadowRemains
September 27th 2015


24272 Comments


the legend continues

adr
September 27th 2015


11010 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuck yeah album rules

BMDrummer
September 27th 2015


13757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

apparently david yow does vox for them now, so they might actually be worth seeing

Supercoolguy64
September 27th 2015


7792 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thats pretty cool

Gwyn.
September 27th 2015


16859 Comments


WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOO


apparently david yow does vox for them now


That's actually pretty awesome damn, I hope I can catch them one day

WeepingBanana
September 27th 2015


10455 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah i'm seeing them with yow in a month or two

Ashen
September 28th 2015


1345 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this should be the default review

jagride
September 28th 2015


2711 Comments


why would you guys get extra excited to see flipper because theyre minus yet another member of flipper now, i mean SHIT

IanPhillips
September 28th 2015


22 Comments


Great review with a good sense of humour injected.

ffs
October 19th 2015


5175 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0



WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOO




SO true



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