Husker Du   Flip Your Wig
3.7
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Ranking: #73 for 1985

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4.0 excellentBMDrummer | August 12th 14

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. It's not their best record, but it's easy to see why some would say so; the production is a little too saturated.

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2.0 poorNicksput | October 25th 17

Very disappointing compared to Zen Arcade, this is a little more similar to New Day Rising. Vocals are so so bad, and the production is muddy as hell. If you could attribute a color to this music it would be brown. Only positives are Flexible Flyer which is marginally better than anything else on here, and the 2 instrumentals that finally end it. This record was big in the development of alt. rock, but most that preceded it did it so much better.

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