10 Albums in 10 Days…
This Facebook chain has been circulating recently and I thought I’d add my selections to my blog as well.
The concept is simple. Post an album a day about your ten all-time favourite albums. Those records that really made an impact in your life and are still in heavy rotation today. No need to get into great detail if you don’t want to. Just post the album cover and nominate a person each day to do the same.
Favourite Albums 09/10: Wipers – Is This Real? (1980)
Founded by guitarist Greg Sage in Portland, OR in 1977, the Wipers were the first of the Pacific Northwest’s punk bands. What made them different from many other punk bands from that era was their tight music, great riffs and heavy-fuzzed sound. They quietly gained a cult following after the release of their first album in 1980, Is This Real? Still unknown (or overlooked) by many, the Wipers would go on to have great influence on many other bands, including Nirvana, Melvins, Sonic Youth, Mudhoney and Red Fang. Kurt Cobain often reflected how he was inspired by the Wipers and Nirvana would cover 2 songs from this album, “Return of the Rat” and “D-7”.
Everything about Greg Sage and the Wipers is DIY, a major reason why I love this band. The first three records are all essential – Is This Real? (1980), Youth Of America (1981) and Over The Edge (1983). All are unique. Some songs are short and raw. Others, like those on Youth Of America, are longer with more complex arrangements. But there are many other classic songs that span their entire career, starting with the first single, “Better Off Dead” in 1978. If you are a fan of punk and grunge, you need to listen to this band.
Brad F. Your turn.