Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Invasion from the outside - works it's way inward...


I'm turning twenty-nine today. Ho-hum. You know what else is turning twenty-nine? My favorite album by the Wipers: "Is This Real." Unfairly shunned at the time of its release, "Is This Real" has since become a 'classic' in the punk community. Like many others, I have Kurt Cobain to thank for introducing me to the Wipers, via Nirvana's cover versions of "Return of the Rat" and "D-7". So, once again, I will admit for the record, that I am not Captain Cool. I wasn't "into them way before anyone else", or any other such ego-placating droll. But, I am damn glad that I found them, regardless of time. The Wipers are great. Greg Sage is a visionary, and a true artist when it comes to sound and music. Let's take a moment and appreciate what him and his bandmates were doing almost thirty years ago. This is still available in CD or Vinyl format, so throw them a few bones for all their hard work, maintaining an independent label through these turbulent times.

Look But Don't Touch (DL)

7 comments:

Batguano said...

Another outstanding choice! This rec is just too goddamn amazing to believe!

I also admit to only discovering The Wipers a few years ago, and, shit, being the captain of coolness is probably way overrated anyway (But I can only guess at that).

Happy birthday, man, and thanks for the rips!

Chairmaker said...

Good post and good blog generally- I linked you over at my place.

I wasn't even introduced to the wipers by Cobain. I'm so unhip that I'd never even heard of them till last year- which was my loss.

RyGar said...

Thanks, I returned the link.

slappinghappy said...

Hi from England, great blog man!

Cheers,

A

RyGar said...

Thanks, A.

Brat Early said...

Beware of blind linking!! OH NOES!
Social humpers.

http://www.fanboy.com/2009/01/social-media-experts-rant.html#more-6232

The connection to Kurt Cobain just makes me not want to listen to the Wipers. Which obviously isn't the Wipers fault, so I should give them a try.

RyGar said...

Brat, I have no idea what that web page is about. Something about Twitter and Facebook, which I don't knowingly use. Then something about zombies, which I know much about. And didn't I just blindly follow that link?

Don't discriminate because of the Cobain Reference. He was pretty good at promoting unknown bands. Unfortunately, most of the Trons just sharpie up a Flipper tee without ever actually listening to the wonderful racket they produced. I'm going to guess that you'll like the Wipers, though I haven't really figured out what makes a band 'good' to you. Love you like I love my left hand (in the shower).