Black Flag

Album Rank: Black Flag (Rollins Era)

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I’ve long been fascinated by the history of Black Flag. I still remember the first time I heard them when I was a little kid. I was really getting into punk music during the mid 90’s renaissance of punk rock. I remember reading an interview with Lars and Tim from Rancid and they kept mentioning Black Flag. Naturally, I did what anyone who is curious about a band would do and went to the record store and got myself a Black Flag album (I wound up buying Damaged). From that point, I was on a path of finding out all about these other bands and fell in love with the genre even more. One of the things that always stood out to me about Black Flag was Henry Rollins. He was such a commanding force on stage and his vocals were very direct and in your face. That combined with the magnitude of the music from those in Black Flag, made for one hell of a band. So, with all that in mind, here’s my ranking of the Rollins era Black Flag albums.

In My Head:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b65wOPuFlvo&list=OLAK5uy_kQzQDkbnkrcGAXME4LUuPJS860qKFJPNo

Family Man:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BROmloB0_08&list=OLAK5uy_mqUUy3V3crsBhZvBao1jTZB741eqZo-Gw

Loose Nut:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0M-3DQB1bA&list=OLAK5uy_kf2NGFpNcKRXG7qQ8b0HmYKq9A65rDMr0

Slip It In:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1XqNPBA-Tk&list=OLAK5uy_mOnXe3oz272No_15UUn_PrKtQSrkfvgi0

My War:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga6v91ZGL1U&list=OLAK5uy_kYpp9nYw45WJ–TiUpa7Xi0eDm9vwmodc

Damaged:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDUYCyajDcs&list=OLAK5uy_ky7Ce5ObYR1y7vEQRdxByDB3qjYz7_fhI

Greatest Political Songs

Today is election day. Probably one of the most important elections in the history of the United States. I thought that today I should put together a list of the greatest political songs. This is open to all who would like to contribute a suggestion to the list. I will be updating this a lot!

Neil Young- Rockin In The Free World:

 

Creedence Clearwater Revival- Fortunate Son:

 

The Beatles- Revolution:

 

Rolling Stones- Street Fighting Man:

 

Bob Dylan- The Times They Are A Changing:

 

Bob Dylan- Only A Pawn In Their Game:

 

Bob Dylan- Masters Of War:

 

Rage Against The Machine- Sleep Now In The Fire:

Rage Against The Machine- Killin In The Name:

 

Buffalo Springfield- For What It’s Worth:

 

U2- Sunday Bloody Sunday:

 

The Clash- Clampdown:

 

The Clash- Know Your Rights:

 

John Lennon- Imagine:

 

Marvin Gaye- What’s Going On:

 

Bruce Springsteen- Born In The USA:

 

Gil Scott Heron- The Revolution Will Not Be Televised:

 

The Doors- Five To One:

 

Green Day- American Idiot:

 

Rise Against- State Of The Union:

 

Black Flag- Rise Above:

 

Bad Religion- American Jesus:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Thursday: Silverchair (Black Flag)- Wasted/Fix Me

I woke up this morning with Silverchair’s “Israel’s Son” stuck in my head. That riff is timeless. Anyways, while delving into my Silverchair albums I sought out seeing what covers they have done, I came across this interesting version of Black Flag’s “Wasted/Fix Me.” I’m still torn as to if I like it or not, but I can tell you that Daniel John’s vocals on it are quite fun and make this cover worth checking out. On a sidenote, the era of Black Flag these songs appear are with Keith Morris on vocals, in case you were wondering.

 

Silverchair- Wasted/Fix Me:

 

Black Flag- Wasted:

 

Black Flag- Fix Me:

Bands With a Different Singer Than Their First

When a band replaces a singer in the band, it usually doesn’t hold a candle to what the original singer did. Sometimes though it completely reinvigorates the band and they go on to flourish. Below is a list of bands who replaced their first singers and went on to become really awesome bands. In No Particular Order!!

Pantera: Terry Glaze/Philip Anselmo
ACDC: Bon Scott/Brian Johnson (Bon Scott was great though, had he not died, who knows what would have happened)
Slipknot: Anders Colsefni/Corey Taylor
Norma Jean: Josh Scogin/Cory Brandon
Shadows Fall: Phil Labonte/Brian Fair
Black Flag: Keith Morris/Henry Rollins
In Flames: Mikael Stanne/Anders Friden
Alice In Chains: Layne Staley/ William DuVall
Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne/ Ronnie James Dio
Deep Purple: Ian Gillan/ Rod Evans
Iron Maiden: Paul DiAnno/ Bruce Dickinson
Genesis: Peter Gabriel/ Phil Collins
Judas Priest: Al Atkins/Rob Halford
Anthrax: Neil Turbin/Joey Belladonna
Faith No More: Chuck Mosley/Mike Patton

Cover Thursday: Ryan Adams (Black Flag)- Nervous Breakdown

A while back there was an album curated by Henry Rollins featuring all Black Flag songs redone with different vocalists. All the proceeds went to help the West Memphis Three. One of the tracks on that album  that really stood out was Ryan Adams’ version of “Nervous Breakdown.” It’s a totally different and interesting version. Check it out!

 

 

By: Brian Lacy