Black Flag

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Black Flag was one of America's first hardcore punk bands. They emerged from Southern California to gain international prominence, touring enough to become a major attraction in virtually every city where a scene existed and undoubtedly inspiring others to get in the game. Via the band's SST label, Black Flag played an essential role in the development and popularization of American punk. Through countless revolving-door personnel changes — which spawned numerous spin-off bands along the way — Black Flag persevered until 1986, finally dissolving after locating and exploring the zone where punk and heavy metal intersect and overlap.

Guitarist and songwriter Greg Ginn founded Black Flag in 1976 along with vocalist Keith Morris. They were intially called Panic, adopting the Black Flag moniker a few years later. Ginn remained the only constant member in the band until their split in the summer of 1986. In 2003, Ginn resurrected the Black Flag for a couple shows to benefit cat rescue organizations. These shows featured contributions from some old members as well as new players and reactions were mixed. In January 2013, Ginn announced that he was relaunching the band with vocalist Ron Reyes (the second of 4 vocalists to pass through the group in its initial run) with the intention of extensive touring and recording new material. At the same time, Keith Morris and one-time bassist and SST Records co-founder Chuck Dukowski launched Flag, which also featured former members Bill Stevenson and Dez Cadena as well as Descendents/ALL guitarist Stephen Egerton, to perform the music of Black Flag.
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Albums

9502 Black Flag - Damaged album art Black Flag Damaged (Album) Unicorn Records, SST Records 9502 US 1981 Sell This Version
SST 026 Black Flag - Family Man album art Black Flag Family Man (Album) SST Records, Freeway Records SST 026 US 1984 Sell This Version
SST 029 Black Flag - Slip It In album art Black Flag Slip It In (Album) SST Records SST 029 US 1984 Sell This Version
SST-C 023 Black Flag - My War album art Black Flag My War (Album) SST Records SST-C 023 US 1984 Sell This Version
SST CD 045 Black Flag - In My Head album art Black Flag In My Head (Album) SST Records SST CD 045 US 1985 Sell This Version
SST-030 Black Flag - Live '84 album art Black Flag Live '84 (Album) SST Records SST-030 US 1985 Sell This Version
SST CD035 Black Flag - Loose Nut album art Black Flag Loose Nut (Album) SST Records SST CD035 US 1985 Sell This Version
SSTC-060 Black Flag - Who's Got The 10½? album art Black Flag Who's Got The 10½? (Album) SST Records SSTC-060 US 1986 Sell This Version
SSTJ 391-2 Black Flag - What The... album art Black Flag What The... (Album) SST Records SSTJ 391-2 Japan 2013 Sell This Version
RWY06 Black Flag - Demos 1982 + Radio Tokyo 1984 album art Black Flag Demos 1982 + Radio Tokyo 1984(CD) Really Wasted Youth RWY06 Europe 2020 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SST 001 Black Flag - Nervous Breakdown album art Black Flag Nervous Breakdown (EP) SST Records SST 001 US 1979 Sell This Version
SST 003 Black Flag - Jealous Again album art Black Flag Jealous Again (EP) SST Records SST 003 US 1980 Sell This Version
BOGUS 001 Black Flag - Thirsty And Miserable album art Black Flag Thirsty And Miserable(7", Single, Promo) Unicorn Records, SST Records BOGUS 001 US 1981 Sell This Version
SST 005 Black Flag - Six Pack album art Black Flag Six Pack (Single, EP) SST Records SST 005 US 1981 Sell This Version
PBS 13 Black Flag - Louie Louie album art Black Flag Louie Louie (Single) Posh Boy PBS 13 US 1981 Sell This Version
95006 Black Flag - TV Party album art Black Flag TV Party (Single) Unicorn Records, SST Records 95006 US 1982 Sell This Version
UNIC-95007DJ Black Flag - Black Flag Interview With Frazier Smith Of KLOS album art Black Flag Black Flag Interview With Frazier Smith Of KLOS(12", EP, Promo) Unicorn Records, SST Records UNIC-95007DJ US 1982 Sell This Version
SST 1 2001 Black Flag - Keep It In The Family album art Black Flag Keep It In The Family(12") SST Records, Freeway Records SST 1 2001 UK 1984 Sell This Version
SSTC 037 Black Flag - The Process Of Weeding Out album art Black Flag The Process Of Weeding Out (EP) SST Records SSTC 037 US 1985 Sell This Version
PSST E45 Black Flag - Drinking And Driving / It's All Up To You album art Black Flag Drinking And Driving / It's All Up To You(12", Promo) SST Records PSST E45 US 1985 Sell This Version
SST 081 Black Flag - Annihilate This Week album art Black Flag Annihilate This Week (Single, EP) SST Records SST 081 US 1986 Sell This Version
SSTC 226 Black Flag - I Can See You album art Black Flag I Can See You (Maxi, Single) SST Records SSTC 226 US 1989 Sell This Version
VF078 Black Flag - American Hardcore album art Black Flag American Hardcore(7", S/Sided, Ltd) The Vinyl factory VF078 UK 2013 Sell This Version

Compilations

AG 0015 Black Flag - Everything Went Black album art Black Flag Everything Went Black (Comp, Album) Aggressive Rockproduktionen AG 0015 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
SST 021 Black Flag - The First Four Years album art Black Flag The First Four Years (Comp) SST Records SST 021 US 1983 Sell This Version

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magsrecords

magsrecords

May 28, 2020
Chuck on the late 80s/early 90s colored vinyl editons:
Hanson: Rainbo Records pressed your clear yellow and red vinyl versions of the Nervous Breakdown EP 001. The last time we spoke, you told me that they were pressed in 1990 or 1991. The info in the “Runout” dead wax area of the record has “R-12806 / R-12807” which, per Rainbo Records, would suggest that they were all pressed at the same time in 1989. Yet the Yellow vinyl version has the red sleeve suggesting that it was released before the Red vinyl versions. Was the yellow vinyl version released in 1989 and then the Red vinyl versions were released a year or two later? Or were they ALL released at the same time in 1989 just with different sleeves?

Chuck: Colored Vinyl editions did not happen until 1990, but maybe some of the production work was 1989. It was something we thought would be a good idea to generate traffic between us and our 600 or so direct retail customers and they with their customers. We came out with a series of several colored vinyl editions around that time. We requested random colors from Rainbo so we had no idea what they’d deliver until we got them. They just threw our plates on the machines and ran out the vinyl they had in the press from other people’s runs. The stampers have all of that run out info you are talking about and those only change when they wear out every so often. So any editions of the title in question would have the same information for several years. During that time we also used up odd stock on covers, labels and sleeves. For instance, the red sleeves without the UPC were used for the yellow vinyl version and then the red vinyl versions got the new blue ink sleeve with the UPC. So the colored vinyl editions are real oddballs.

KRhea

KRhea

March 21, 2019
work through this band slowly and chronologically, the greatest of all time

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