Friday, April 4, 2008

Black Flag - Damaged

Artist: Black Flag
Title: Damaged
Release Date: 1981
Label: SST Records

Track List:
1. Rise Above
2. Spray Paint (The Walls)
3. Six Pack
4. What I See
5. TV Party
6. Thirsty and Miserable
7. Police Story
8. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
9. Depression
10. Room 13
11. Damaged II
12. No More
13. Padded Cell
14. Life of Pain
15. Damaged I

To celebrate the namesake of this blog, here is Black Flag's "Damaged". This album should really need no introduction. But for anyone who isn't aware by now, Black Flag is easily one of the most influential hardcore bands to ever exist. They got their start in Hermosa Beach, CA back in 1977. Their constant touring, especially to smaller towns, helped spread the DIY ethic that has been an essential part of punk for the last three decades. "Damaged" is Black Flag's first full length album and is the first release to have Henry Rollins on vocals. It was put out on Greg Ginn's (lead guitar) label SST Records in 1981 after being recorded only a few weeks after Rollins joined the band. For myself personally when I think of Black Flag this is the album that comes to mind as their most impressive and most important. Much of what they did after this pales in comparison to the raw energy found on "Damaged".

Download: Black Flag - Damaged (LAME 3.97 V0)

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