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San Francisco, United States (1979 – present)

Flipper is an influential band from San Francisco, USA, forming in 1979 from the ruins of punk bands Sleepers and Negative Trend, and continuing in often erratic fashion to this day. They are also associated with the post-punk and noise rock genres.

They made their first recordings available in late 1979 via the SF Underground 7” compilation series released via Steve Tupper’s newly-formed Subterranean Records. In 1981 a 7” followed Love Canal andHa Ha Ha and the original lineup made 2 full-length studio albums on Subterranean, 1982’s Generic and the 1984 followup Gone Fishin’.

Flipper’s music was very shambolic and noisy, and oft considered “slow” for a punk band of the time. In many early shows, the band had half the audience on stage with them singing backup vocals, and encouraged horn players to join them for their anthem,Sex Bomb — and the crowding on stage usually knocked the stringed instruments out of tune. Guitarist Ted Falconi installed spikes in the head of his guitar to help prevent this, but blaring, out-of-tune dissonance became part of the band’s signature sound.

Bassist/vocalist Will Shatter died in 1987 of a heroin overdose. The remaining members reformed for the 1993 album American Grafishy on Def American Recordings which re-issued Generic, and a compilation called Sex Bomb Baby on Rick Rubin and Henry Rollins’ Infinite Zero label. This relationship soured and the surviving Flipper members allegedly were duped out of their rights to their back catalog.

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  • AngelOfDARK666x

    Flipper = best band ever. I will Sex Bomb you if you disagree

    6 Apr 12:45am Reply
  • rhayader18

    Public Flipper Limited is a fucking masterpiece

    14 Feb 5:44pm Reply
  • wizzxx

    You are no longer a little kid. You're a fucking adult!

    2 Feb 2:47am Reply
  • Wondermoose

    best worst band ever. generic is a top 10 album for me [2]

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lesoleilvert

    I SAW YOU I SAW YOU SHINE

    3 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Wondermoose

    I feel like I hear in Flipper what everyone else hears in Loveless [2]

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • althefknamsrtkn

    I feel like I hear in Flipper what everyone else hears in Loveless.

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Doppz

    best worst band ever. generic is a top 10 album for me

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • nikitalkhovik

    FLIPPER STILL RULES!!!

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • trashcity_

    Among other things, Sex Bomb might be the greatest party song ever

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    I SAW YOU SHIIIIIIINE

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • OneBlackStripe

    wow, this could be one of the shittiest things I've ever heard

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • hailharlots

    Они настолько прекрасны, что это прекрасно. Хаха. Не нахожу ничего отвратительного в этой великой музыке)

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Buckminstah

    What kind of a joke is that with the similar artists?

    2 Aug 2013 Reply
  • U-Brother

    they're so beautiful that it's ugly/repulsive [3]

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • expiry223

    Dudes & Dudettes: Seing y'all are tossing out them lyrics: Check out Unsane's cover of Ha ha ha on youtube. It's just awesome.

    16 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Rocknrolla44

    они настолько отвратительны, что это прекрасно [5] they're so ugly/repulsive that it's beautiful

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • fluoxetine20mg

    worst mixing of all time makes these guys all time greats

    23 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SmellTheMagic_

    they're so ugly/repulsive that it's beautiful [5]

    17 Mar 2013 Reply
  • j-yeags

    and i said ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
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