At this point in their career, Husker Du were creating quite a following. And of course, it was all well-deserved attention; Zen Arcade and New Day Rising were both masterpieces of post-hardcore with experimental tendencies. Of course, Zen Arcade is the superior of the two due to the fact that it's a long-winded concept record, but New Day Rising saw the group refining their ideas into a more song-based sound; basically the beginning of alternative. Sure enough, Flip Your Wig takes it further though, opting for a more commercial, catchy sound. But, they still let the noise take over often the way their early material did. The thing is though that the choruses are much more sing-able and hooky, plus the production sounds a lot like Black Flag's later material (reverb baby). The mix is rather muddy unfortunately, which was the case with Spot's production on Black Flag's last two records due to this over-saturation of reverb. But, this is still an incredible record from Husker Du full of melody and catchy post-hardcore tunes; alt. rock in its baby steps.