Black Flag ‎– What The...

SST Records ‎– SST 391
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1 My Heart's Pumping 2:11
2 Down In The Dirt 3:36
3 Blood And Ashes 1:44
4 Now Is The Time 1:45
5 Wallow In Despair 1:28
6 Slow Your Ass Down 1:45
7 It's So Absurd 1:08
8 Shut Up 1:38
9 This Is Hell 1:55
10 Go Away 2:27
11 The Bitter End 1:57
12 The Chase 2:12
13 I'm Sick 1:44
14 It's Not My Time To Go-Go 1:30
15 Lies 2:44
16 Get Out Of My Way 0:58
17 Outside 2:39
18 No Teeth 1:39
19 To Hell And Back 1:38
20 Give Me All Your Dough 1:24
21 You Gotta Be Joking 1:13
22 Off My Shoulders
Drums – Mathew Cortez*

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Recorded in Long Beach, CA & Taylor, TX

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  • Barcode: 0 18861 03912 1

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SST 391 Black Flag What The...(LP, Album) SST Records SST 391 US 2013 Sell This Version
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January 4, 2018
edited 3 months ago

AWESOME RECORD: beautifully aimed at the narrowmindness of punk rock record collectors, retromania-purists, unfolding & nourishing itself on the hate of the haters. makes me really forget that rollins ever was part of the band. in a good way, of course. +++ really great sound / production !


April 22, 2017
A fine way to destroy a legacy by exploiting a legendary band name for hype and some money. Flag dissolved in '86 and Ginn should have kept it that way. He should have released this album under his own name or something else. I wonder if anyone who worked on the album, aside from Ginn, has been paid yet?


April 6, 2015
edited about 1 year ago

Despite being almost universally panned by critics and fans alike, "What The..." ain't half bad. No, this album does not represent a return to form for Black Flag, but it has its moments. Two of the tracks, 'Blood and Ashes' and 'Off My Shoulders', are bonafide classics...and, while a few stinkers lurk amongst the remaining twenty, the record as a whole is listenable if unremarkable. The question on most people's minds will be whether this incarnation of the band (Greg Ginn on both guitar and bass; Ron Reyes on vocals; Gregory Amoore on drums) sounds more like "First Four Years"-era Black Flag or the later sub-metal version, and the answer is: neither, exactly. Despite the presence of Reyes, "What The..." bears little resemblance to classic Flag EPs like "Jealous Again", yet it's not as dark and sludgy as the mid-'80s stuff. The best way to describe this album is to say that Ginn's style of composing and playing has evolved, but the searing, distressed licks that are his trademark do evoke the vintage Black Flag sound on songs like 'Lies' and the aforementioned 'Blood and Ashes'. Amoore's drumming is crisp; he breaks into a jarring, off-kilter gallop on a handful of tracks, but sticks to a standard punk tempo for the most part. Reyes was never my favorite Flag vocalist, but--remarkably, and to his credit--he sounds almost exactly the same as he did in 1980. He's a fine lyricist, too.


December 19, 2013
edited over 4 years ago

The art work is the best of the record..


December 13, 2013
very very bad art work !!!!