Flipper ‎– Album Generic Flipper

Subterranean Records ‎– SUB 25
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Ever 2:45
A2 Life Is Cheap 3:55
A3 Shed No Tears 4:20
A4 I Saw You Shine 8:25
B1 Way Of The World 4:18
B2 Life 4:39
B3 Nothing 2:18
B4 Living For The Depression 1:22
B5 Sex Bomb 7:45

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This version:
• Subterranean label logo and address printed on the bottom right corner of the back cover
• Includes the following text on the labels directly below the track titles: all selections © 1981 Insect Music BMI

Recorded at Hyde Street Studios from Halloween 1980 to August 1981
Mastering by Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA

Includes lyric sheet and may contain a Subterranean Records catalog insert. On the first press copies, the catalog will end with number SUB25, which is this release. Some are in a standard cover (white inside) including the earliest pressing, while it also exists in a pasteboard/tip-on style sleeve (cardboard colored inside). All the earlier pressings have no barcode on the back cover (excluding the "FLIPPER" barcode which is part of the generic cover design.)

27,091 pressed. It is unknown if this is black vinyl only or also includes the later color vinyl pressings.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side 1): SUB25 A L-8445
  • Matrix / Runout (Side 2): SUB25 B L-8445-X
  • Rights Society: BMI

Other Versions (5 of 25) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SUB 25 Flipper Album Generic Flipper(LP, Album) Subterranean Records SUB 25 US 1982 Sell This Version
SUB 25 Flipper Album Generic Flipper(LP, Album, Ltd, Yel) Subterranean Records SUB 25 US 1990 Sell This Version
REWIGCD61 Flipper Generic Flipper(CD, Album, RE, RM) Domino REWIGCD61 Europe 2009 Sell This Version
SUB 25 Flipper Album Generic Flipper(LP, Album, RE, Red) Subterranean Records SUB 25 US 1990 Sell This Version
4M513 Flipper Album Generic Flipper(LP, Album, RE) 4 Men With Beards 4M513 US 2009 Sell This Version


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January 29, 2018
The nosiest punk album besides every METZ album. Flipper is a acquired taste it takes some time to develop

Favorite Tracks: Way Of The World, Ever, Nothing, Life Is Cheap, Sex Bomb

Least Fav: Life, Living For Depression


October 17, 2017
a crucial part of Negative Trend 1978 - San Francisco


June 2, 2016
edited over 2 years ago

one of the best punk albums of all time. The sound of nihilism.


November 9, 2013
A 'horrible' album in the best sense of the word, this is an underground classic.


January 8, 2011
edited over 9 years ago

Not everyone "gets" this. But then again, I'd be worried if everyone did.

Slow and sloppy, monotone, anti-melodic atmosphere music for the maladjusted. The lyrics are bitter yet clever. The guitar is schizophrenic -- totally unpredictable. Drums and bass seem to be the cornerstone for the overlaying guitar and vocal histrionics.

I put this record on now and then to remind myself that I'm a square wheel and that there are other square wheels out there, too. That is part of the magic of music -- when you find a record by a bunch of freaks you've never met, never WILL meet, and they are laying down ideas and sounds that could have sprung from your own brain. When I first heard Flipper, I thought, "So, there are others like me... I must find them."

"Sex Bomb" is probably the song most people will find the most appealing -- and it is one of the band's best-known numbers. But I live for the opening notes of "Life Is Cheap." And the disturbing female backing vocals on that song cut me up every time.

Nirvana often said that Flipper was a big influence on their sound. I have never been a Nirvana fan, really. But now, listening to Flipper, I can hear it. I guess that means that Flipper were way ahead of their time.

Speaking of time, check the release date on this LP. 1981. What was going on in US punk circa 1981? Great stuff: Minor Threat, Black Flag, all the classics. BUT, while the aforementioned hardcore gods were getting faster and faster, Flipper decided to slow it down. Of course this alienated a lot of punks, which was probably the point: destroy the rule book. The irony was lost on many but not all. Punk rock gods like Biafra and Rollins loved Flipper and extolled their virtues. But like I said in Sentence One, not everybody "gets" this.

If you don't mind a little coloring outside the lines, if you think punk is more attitude than checklist, consider Flipper an ally.

And let us not forget that a couple of the Flips were in the goddamn immortal Negative Trend.