Black Flag
Family Man


2.0
poor

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
April 1st, 2007 | 76 replies


Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pretentious and the only mistake Greg Ginn made in his career.

I come to infect. I come to rape your woman.
I come to take your children into the street.
I come for you family man. Family man,
with your Christmas lights already up,
you're such a man when you’re putting up your Christmas lights, first on the block.
Family man.
Family man, I want to crucify you to your front door, with nails
from your well stocked garage, family man, family man.
Family man.
Saint dad, Father on fire. I've come to incinerate you.
I've come home.


Family Man is probably the only mistake Greg Ginn ever made. Then again maybe he was trying to make another point that Black Flag weren’t just another hardcore punk band. The album is basically two different sides, one side is complete spoken word hilariously done by Henry Rollins. The second side is an instrumental side with some amount of guitar solos. This was quite daring for Black Flag as what hardcore punk band would have the balls to put out an album like this in the middle of the hardcore heyday"

It is my most important opinion that they should have just left this idea in the dumpster.

It’s sad that I have to sit through some cheesy, forced poetry spat out by some angry, testerone-fueled guy just to get to the mildly sweet parts. Henry’s poetry is very shallow and while it accomplishes it’s mission to create daring imagery inside one’s mind, it also makes the listener cringe until he’s lying on the floor. Henry’s way of reciting this poetry is also amusing, he tries to make himself seem edgy and eccentric but he just looks dim-witted. It is clear to see that the music always made Black Flag. No matter how many vocalists they had, it always sounded great. At this point in time, Henry clearly hasn’t developed a writing skill of considerable degree. Greg Ginn has always been the heart and soul of the band and wrote most of their songs. Nearly every band has one main songwriter and when that one songwriter steps back a bit or quits, the band just aren’t as good. This is happened in bands like Bad Religion and since Greg had no input into the spoken-word, it just isn’t worth a damn. Henry got better at song writing but it just isn’t working here.
However, Greg does come back into play with the song writing.

The instrumental side is all Greg and it’s a massive step-up from the first side. He shows again how he is definitely the ‘Ornette Coleman of punk rock’. The second half sure holds onto the listener more but I can’t help feel disappointed. The band shouldn’t be separated by voice and music, they should be together no matter what. Regarding that last sentence, there is one track with Henry’s vocals and that’s “Armageddon Man”. Without a doubt one of the best tracks on here and is very solid. The other track that holds the album up well is “I Won't Stick Any of You Unless and Until I Can Stick All of You!” Greg throws out some radical riffs and explodes into noise solos on several occasions.

However, apart from that, there is nothing else that great on the album. The rest of the instrumentals are average but are at least better than the poor spoken-word. This sure broke Black Flag’s streak of excellent albums and it shouldn’t have happened. This is rushed (this and Slip It In came out two months apart) and it’s half-assed. A pretentious piece of crap or a welcome change" I guess I’ll leave you with that one.



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Zebra
Moderator
April 1st 2007


2647 Comments


Spoken word Black Flag? I must hear it!
Good work on the review

Neoteric
April 1st 2007


3243 Comments


Yeah, it's just basically Henry reciting poetry in a really lame way.

And thanks for the compliment.



The Jungler
April 1st 2007


4826 Comments


I'm not a big Black Flag fan, though I'm kinda thinking of listening to some of their earlier material.
Good job on the review.

tom79
April 1st 2007


3650 Comments


Yes do that Jungler.

This album was okay, definitely 'unique', and just showed how diferent they were from their counterparts. But I haven't listened to it in a long time.This Message Edited On 04.01.07

Intransit
April 1st 2007


2797 Comments


Good review. This era of BF does not interest me whatsoever.

BJtheman
April 1st 2007


15 Comments


yah well done review. black flag is always gonna be remembered for damaged, never family man

Excursions
April 5th 2007


24 Comments


This review is why Black Flag made this album.

Also, the reason for the close release dates was because the band was unable to release anything in the years after they released Damaged.

whiteminority
April 6th 2007


74 Comments


This album is actually good to listen to when you are just trying to relax.

I think to make this album during Hardcore's heyday was one of the most punk things they could of done.

MrKite
April 6th 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know why, but I think I'd like this.

MrKite
August 31st 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shed Reading is exceptionally funny. Even if this isn't your bag it's good for a few laughs.

I like it, though, so far.



I actually enjoyed the spoken word side more than the instrumental side. The latter is kind of boring to me and at least the spoken word is funny.This Message Edited On 08.31.07

Misfit_Fiend
October 18th 2007


35 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This is a ginn album I found all the instraments amazing except for the pups are doggin it



but to be fair family man isn't that bad, it's the best spoken word track

Misfit_Fiend
October 18th 2007


35 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I ment instramentals

wexenhex
November 1st 2007


192 Comments


why is everyone dissing the spoken word? i liked listening to henry's angry poetry. it isnt music, but i like it...

KTV
May 3rd 2009


760 Comments


this sucks dick

AnneFrank
December 19th 2009


271 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

jesus,

dont you guys hate it when the album cover kicks ass but the album itself actually sucks dick

jagride
December 19th 2009


2900 Comments


Raymond Pettibon's artwork is always amazing

Goatlord
July 30th 2011


405 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The spoken word side is both awful and unintentionally hilarious.

Haz
January 24th 2012


268 Comments


last half rules

it's good hearing Henry hone his spoken word chops, he definitely came a long way. i'm pretty sure
it's tongue in cheek and not meant to be taken all that seriously

dimsim3478
January 24th 2012


8015 Comments


Album Rating: 2

Shit but for "Family Man" and "Armageddon Man".

Digging: The Cro-Magnons - ?????????

Ire
May 19th 2013


41948 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol hating this



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