Black Flag ‎– Damaged

Unicorn Records ‎– 9502, SST Records ‎– 9502
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Rise Above
Written-By – G. Ginn*
A2 Spray Paint The Walls
Written-By – C. Dukowski*, G. Ginn*
A3 Six Pack
Written-By – G. Ginn*
A4 What I See
Written-By – C. Dukowski*
A5 T.V. Party
Written-By – G. Ginn*
A6 Thirsty & Miserable
Written-By – D. Cadena*, Medea (5), Robo (3)
A7 Police Story
Written-By – G. Ginn*
A8 Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
Written-By – G. Ginn*
B1 Depression
Written-By – G. Ginn*
B2 Room 13
Written-By – G. Ginn*, Medea (5)
B3 Damaged II
Written-By – G. Ginn*
B4 No More
Written-By – C. Dukowski*
B5 Padded Cell
Written-By – C. Dukowski*, G. Ginn*
B6 Life Of Pain
Written-By – G. Ginn*
B7 Damaged I
Written-By – G. Ginn*, H. Rollins*

Companies, etc.



First pressing is this issue (MCA logo on rear, "anti-parent" sticker on some, "UNI/4" matrices).
First version recut/reissue is here: Damaged (No MCA logo, "Kendun" matrices).
Second version recut/reissue is here: Damaged (no MCA logo, "Neo-Gelatinous" and S-9375/6 matrices).

MCA Records (with which Unicorn Records had a distribution deal) distribution chief Al Bergamo announced that the company would not distribute this record, deeming that "It just didn't seem to have any redeeming social value" and because, as a parent with two children, he found it an anti-parent record. "Damaged" was eventually released by Unicorn through an independent distributor. Later, after Unicorn's bankruptcy and almost years of litigation during which Black Flag was forbidden to release any record, they re-released and distributed it through Greg Ginn's own SST Records.
This record cost Black Flag $8,000 (USD) to produce. 25,000 pressed.
Lyric sheet was available by mail.

Some early copies released with a sticker stating "As A Parent..., I Found It An Anti-Parent Record..." on the back of the jacket, covering up the MCA distribution logo.

℗ 1981 Unicorn Records, Inc. (on sticker)
℗ 1981 SST Records (on side 2 label)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side 1): UNI 4-9502-A-RE L7485 IIII COMIN AT YA
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side 2): UNI 4-9502-B THE WHOLE GELATINOUS THING L-7485-X
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side 1, variant 2): UNI/4-9502-A-RE JcS L-7485 IIII COMIN AT YA
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side 2, variant 2): UNI 4/9502-B JcS THE WHOLE GELATINOUS THING ʘ L-7485-X

Other Versions (5 of 27) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format ) Label Cat# Country Year
SST CD 007 Black Flag Damaged(CD, Album, RE) SST Records SST CD 007 US Unknown Sell This Version
KKCP 42, SST CD 007 Black Flag Damaged(CD, Album, RE) SST Records, SST Records KKCP 42, SST CD 007 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
SST CD 007 Black Flag Damaged(CD, Album, RE) SST Records SST CD 007 US 1988 Sell This Version
RR 34 9956 Black Flag Damaged(CD, Album, RE) Roadrunner Records RR 34 9956 Benelux 1986 Sell This Version
SST CD 007 Black Flag Damaged(CD, Album, RE) SST Records SST CD 007 US Unknown Sell This Version


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April 2, 2019
Does anyone know why all the represses after 82 stopped using a full color cover?


January 12, 2019
I can provide scans of the lyric sheet (available only via mail order back then) so if interested just pm me.


October 14, 2018
Looking for a sealed original copy of Damaged with the anti parent sticker. Will pay $$$


October 6, 2018
I love that Prince "purple rain" and Springsteen "born in the U$A" are in the recommendations for this. Hahaha.. ummmmm?


May 29, 2018
User47, might be a promo flat? Like the kind that labels sent out to shops as a cheaper way to promote than full size posters


February 7, 2018
My copy has, like, a 12x12 poster reproduction of the album cover, blank on the other side. Unicorn logo and all. Was pinned to someone’s wall at some point. Anyone else have anything like this?


July 3, 2017
I have a copy that has a blank all white back cover....What is this?


January 18, 2017
edited over 2 years ago

A good album but I prefer the earlier singers by far. At this stage of his career Rollins sang like Froggy from Our Gang, or like he had some hard morsel of food stuck in his throat.


September 9, 2016
Another ridicolous "my copy is better than yours!" listing: i purchsed my copy sealed (and stickered!) back then and guaranteed there was no "promo booklet" inside. Oh well, as already said, anyone can add what he wants to his own (i'm going to include a piece of Henry's broken mirror right now... aaaarrrrgggghhhhhhh!!!!...)


June 5, 2013
If your looking for a starting point for Black Flag's music, look no further than "Damaged". Damaged is a non-stop musical movement full of high speed, high energy music which would later be considered the blueprint for Hardcore. Though all the songs from Damaged were written prior to Rollins entering the band, his vocals and intensity pull all the songs together perfectly. Not as punkish as the earlier singles, those looking for the more a-typical punk songs would be better suited with the singles "Jealous Again" & Nervous Breakdown", which are equally amazing and important records.