WipersOver The Edge

Label:Brain Eater – EATER 2
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1Over The Edge3:49
A2Doom Town3:56
A3So Young4:20
B1Now Is The Time3:00
B2What Is2:18
B3No One Wants An Alien3:22
B4The Lonely One3:38
B5No Generation Gap3:10
B6This Time2:55

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Mead St. PDX
Color seperation by Ocean Graphics, L.I., N.Y.
Special thanks to Tom, Sten, Kevin, Evan of Concert Audio, Portland, Or.

On sleeve:
Licensed under agreement with Trap Records.
© 1983 Trap Records
Jackets made in Canada
℗ 1983 Brain Eater Ltd.
Manufactured and distributed by Brain Eater

On labels:
℗ 1983 Brain Eater Ltd.
© 1983 Trap Records
Part Music / BMI
Made in USA

This version has black center labels with white text (as opposed to red center labels with black text and colours of sleeve are a tad more vivid. Vinyl has the same etched matrix runout, the same notes and the same credits and companies, etc. credited.

Lacquer Cut At credit identified by etched initials followed by an apple symbol (F/W Ѽ) in matrix runout.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A, etched): EATER 2A FW Ѽ "EXPLOIT"
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B, etched): EATER - 2B FW Ѽ "IS THERE LIFE AFTER FAULTY?"
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Over The Edge (LP, Album, Test Pressing, White Label)Brain EaterEATER 2US1983
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Over The Edge (LP, Album, Misprint)Brain EaterEATER 2US1983
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Over The Edge (LP, Album, Misprint)Brain EaterEATER 2US1983
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Over The Edge (LP, Album, Repress)Brain EaterEATER 2US1984
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Over The Edge (LP, Album, Reissue)Enigma (4)2187-1Netherlands1986



  • PhillipAdams's avatar
    The first two Wipers LP on Park Avenue label were not easily found in the UK in 1982. Funhouse records sold them on their mail-order list, and they even had the Better Off Dead 45 for 3 pounds at one point - I missed that one. The Vinyl Solution record shop in London had copies of Over The Edge LP in stock, along with the 3 Wipers 45s, in 1983 (hearing Better Off Dead for the first time just floored me - so this is how punk should have been), and some 40 years later, I still think Over The Edge is the greatest punk LP. It was the first angry punk record that really connected with me - I could get with the Wipers' existential view of the world. The more hardcore outfits were typically incoherent or musically sloppy (Husker Du took a while to get there, but Zen Arcade was the first of theirs I really liked).

    In comparison, the Brit punks from 6 years earlier were just the McLaren's Monkeys' tea party - let's do/say something outrageous to get press coverage. Even my teenage brain in late 1970s could see it was all inept BS, stoked by the music press and the tabloid dailies. I felt the American punk bands that came a few years later were more intense, honest about the music, better musicians, had something to says to me, and I needed to hear some competent guitar playing as UK music scene was mostly awash in a sea of crap bands with keyboard players hoping to get a top 40 hit.

    The first two Wipers LPs were reissued on Psycho label in 1984, which is when I was able hear them, and Youth In America is the other key 1980s record that I still love playing today. I like the Greg Sage and later Wipers stuff also, but Youth In America and Over The Edge are the two key early LPs.

    Original pressing of Over The Edge on Brain Eater label is a lovely pressing, a really solid, thick record. I cannot comment on reissues or whether they have a better sound. Youth In America is a deeper record than Over The Edge, with more varied sound textures, but the relentless guitar blast of Over The Edge sounds just fine as it is to my ears.
    • wild_bore's avatar
      It took a while, but I found a first US press in the UK for around a tenner. Decent. I do wish Greg would give the tapes to a fresh set of ears. I love his entire output and I think the man's a genius, but the lack of any bass, kick drum and snare really does this masterpiece a disservice. And for that reason, it's a 9.5/10.
      • iggy_drop's avatar
        Edited 2 years ago
        ´Over the edge` may be the strongest release of the Wipers in musical terms, but soundwise it is far inferiour to most other Wipers Lps. The earlier `Youth...` for ex. sounds huge in comparison. The latest remaster by Jackpot/ Zeno Records is a touch better than previous versions, but has not solved the problem of an overall weak, faint sound, there is still seemingly no deep bass anywhere. The only thing that has a little punch are vocals and snare. Call me blasphemic, but I would like to see this REMIXED.
        Two other great but crappy sounding records that come to my mind were Blasts "Its in my blood" and Garden Varietys 1st Lp, I own both in remixed versions and am very happy that they did the remixing, cos both are rocking now.
        I certainly dont know Sage personally, but I guess he would not agree to do a remix. In the end it is nothing to feel bad about, since there are many great sounding Wipers records.
        • ghep's avatar
          just realized my copy comes w/ A side label on both sides... misprint!
          • pranzo_oltranzista's avatar
            Edited 9 years ago
            4* / 4,5* for sure.
            • Mightybioman's avatar
              I have an edition that looks exactly the same, but i'm pretty sure it's a bootleg, 'cos i bought it new few years ago. It has no matrix number, and looks the same than Wipers - Over The Edge, but mine is in black vinyl and it's not handnumbered. It would be great if someone could add the matrix number of the original edition.
              It looks like there is a hell of Wipers bootlegs
              • riot_fc's avatar
                Exists a reisssue which looks completely identical? Does anyone knows?


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