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Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Branch out from the typical formula, and you risk being seen as no longer punk and betraying the community that first supported you. But Black Flag were never afraid to take the risk. They faced their detractors at the time, but their constantly-evolving music has held up well over time and gone on to influence tons of artists across punk, metal, indie rock, and more.
They helped draw the blueprint for hardcore as we know it in the late '70s, and after perfecting it, they started to branch out into other territory, exploring slower, more off-kilter rhythms and more experimental, dissonant guitar work. On subsequent albums, Black Flag experimented with avant-garde jazz, psychedelia, spoken word, and other very non-punk sounds, all while staying punk as fuck.
Their iconic bar logo and striking album covers usually designed by Ginn's brother Raymond Pettibon , who went on to design art for Sonic Youth, Foo Fighters, and more helped establish what punk artwork would look like for so many bands. They've impacted not just other bands who sound like them but artists all across the board, from Ryan Adams to Beastie Boys to Dirty Projectors to Anderson.
Paak , and beyond. The legacy of their initial run is nearly flawless, a perfect snapshot of how a punk band can grow and forge their own path and help cultivate a world entirely of their own despite lineup changes, egomania, violence, and band drama that isn't resolved to this day. Taking their discography as a whole, you get some of the finest punk music ever recorded alongside more disparate styles of music than you'd expect from the average band in any genre -- let alone punk -- and it's all worth hearing at least once.
To celebrate this band's rich output, we've chosen to dig into each of their albums and rank them from worst to best. Black Flag have put out so many releases over the years outside of proper studio albums, so to keep this a little more under control, I've opted to exclude live albums and compilation albums, but I did include the band's studio EPs. As was often the case with punk and hardcore, some of Black Flag's most essential releases were EPs, especially the ones that came out before they ever released a full-length album.
Henry Rollins who sang on every full-length album during their initial run became the most widely recognized face of Black Flag, but they also recorded some of their best songs before he joined. Today, there are two competing versions of Black Flag.
Greg Ginn, who owns the rights to the band name and the logo, performs as Black Flag with pro skater Mike Vallely on vocals they recently announced their first show in five years. Henry Rollins has expressed disinterest in being involved in a Black Flag reunion and stays busy with his spoken word, writing and acting careers.
Read on for our ranking of Black Flag's studio albums and EPs. As with any band's discography, your ranking is probably different than this one, so let us know how you agree or disagree in the comments Dez isn't as distinctive of a frontman as Henry Rollins and he made more interesting contributions to the band as a guitarist on Damaged , but his shout had a nice edge to it on this short-but-sweet EP.
Black Flag fans didn't even want this album to exist. Why ruin a near-perfect legacy with an album decades after the band's story was already written? Why do it without Henry Rollins, who had become inseparable from Black Flag's image and sound by the end of their career? Why give it horrible artwork not designed by Raymond Pettibon, and an album title that captured every Black Flag fan's disgusted kneejerk reaction to the whole thing? It had a lot of factors working against it, and not many working for it, but Greg Ginn went ahead and made it anyway.
As everyone guessed, you'd probably never actively choose to play What The I'd also argue it's not as bad as it seemed at the time. And it's a bummer to think there'd even be a new Black Flag album without either of Black Flag's best and most-loved vocalists, Henry Rollins or Keith Morris, both of whom stayed much more relevant than Greg Ginn did in the years since Black Flag's breakup. But it's actually kind of interesting to hear Jealous Again vocalist Ron Reyes —80, sing over the types of guitar parts that Greg Ginn didn't write until long after Reyes' initial departure from the band.
We've all heard Henry Rollins sing songs that were written when Ron Reyes was in the band, so why not, just for fun, hear an album of Ron Reyes singing over Rollins-era-style riffs?
Even if you think it's a total trainwreck, it's at least an unpredictable, intriguing one. And yes, for the purposes of this list, more intriguing than Dez Cadena's version of "Six Pack. Also like that album, it contains a song that dated back to the storied pre- My War demos, the Chuck Dukowski-penned "Modern Man. The Offspring's whole first album kinda sounds like 11 different versions of "Loose Nut.
They'd shake things up again a few months later on their last pre-breakup album In My Head , but Loose Nut is the sound of a great band on autopilot. While Nervous Breakdown was all punchy power chords, Jealous Again started to slightly break from that formula, with Greg Ginn bringing in some of the atonal leads he'd further experiment with on later Black Flag albums.Over the cassette’s lifespan from to , more than 3 billion tapes were sold. The lifespan of the magnetic tape inside an audio cassette is approximately years. Which is why digitization is so important. SFX Cassette was the first music magazine to Missing: Black Flag.