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Portland, Oregon, United States (1977 – 1989, 1995 – 2001)

Wipers were a group formed in Portland, Oregon, United States in 1977 by guitarist Greg Sage, drummer Sam Henry and bassist Dave Koupal. Prehaps best known for the iconic early album Is This Real?, Wipers were one of the earliest American purveyors of the genre, and the group’s tight song structure and use of heavy distortion has been hailed as extremely influential by numerous critics and musicians (including Nirvana, who covered several of their songs), laying the groundwork for the evolution of modern from punk.

The idea behind the Wipers started off as only a recording project. The plan was to record 15 LPs in 10 years without touring or promotion of any type. Sage’s thoughts were that the mystique built from the lack of playing the traditional rock & roll promotion game would make people listen to their recordings much deeper with only their imagination to go by. He thought it would be easy to avoid press, shows, pictures, interviews. He looked at music as art rather than entertainment; with that concept in mind he thought music was personal to the listener rather than a commodity.

“I think I got that concept early on as a kid. I was very lucky to have my own professional record cutting lathe when I was in 7th grade due to my father being involved in the broadcast industry. I would cut records for friends at school of songs off the radio and learned the art of record making long before learning to play music. I would spend countless hours studying the grooves I would cut under the microscope that was attached to the lathe and loved the way music looked, moved and modulated within the thin walls.

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  • owlies

    wipers ripped off my band-aid...owwww

    10 Sep 7:29am Reply
  • tonycony

    Малоизвестные и незаслуженно забытые. учителя Nirvana, Грэг Сэйдж очень сильно повлиял на современную музыку

    29 Aug 6:56pm Reply
  • Tymbolic

    no, it's Linkin Park

    26 Aug 3:28pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    is that NIRVANNA I hear

    20 Aug 1:06pm Reply
  • Lonertunes

    Mozart ripped off Steven Seagal

    15 Aug 12:51pm Reply
  • The_Ambience_Ed

    They used time machine to rip off Nirvana. True story.

    2 Aug 8:13pm Reply
  • helvettt

    STRAIGHT AS AN ARROW.

    12 May 5:47am Reply
  • lauro-msc

    this people cant be serious, i'm laughing

    28 Apr 12:35am Reply
  • WasNotWhyNot

    everyone rips me off and i get nothing to show from it

    2 Apr 5:27pm Reply
  • WarriorJones

    And The Beatles ripped off Coldplay.

    3 Mar 2:04pm Reply
  • Pur3_Yol0caust

    lulz

    3 Feb 9:40pm Reply
  • missisXyu

    The Wipers started in 1977

    3 Feb 8:56pm Reply
  • Doeskopp

    People taking about ripping off should look before when the bands started to play music.... The Wipers started in 1980.... So who is ripping off who?

    2 Feb 12:35pm Reply
  • Pur3_Yol0caust

    Black Sabbath's Paranoid is such a metallica rip off...

    30 Jan 12:46pm Reply
  • feyyaz

    löl

    28 Jan 4:08am Reply
  • trashcity_

    Yo guys shut up

    12 Jan 4:53am Reply
  • helvettt

    Wipers need to stop ripping off Sonic Youth, Melvins, Milk Music, Nirvana, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. And who knows what other bands. Like, for real, guys, you need to write original songs and make original sounds.

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Caviaris

    yeah, wipers should really stop ripping off metallica

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • miserific

    Wipers should really stop ripping off Nirvana :/

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • cap_surgeon

    @EatingKatesBush: Who rippped off who please? Are there really folks thinking D-7 is a Nirvana song? Go learning history! Without Wipers Nirvana would have been a different band.

    6 Dec 2013 Reply
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