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Black FlagDamaged

Label:Unicorn Records – 9502, SST Records – 9502
Vinyl, LP, Album, MCA Distribution Logo
Style:Hardcore, Punk


A1Rise Above
Written-ByG. Ginn*
A2Spray Paint The Walls
Written-ByC. Dukowski*, G. Ginn*
A3Six Pack
Written-ByG. Ginn*
A4What I See
Written-ByC. Dukowski*
A5T.V. Party
Written-ByG. Ginn*
A6Thirsty & Miserable
Written-ByD. Cadena*, Medea (5), Robo (3)
A7Police Story
Written-ByG. Ginn*
A8Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie
Written-ByG. Ginn*
Written-ByG. Ginn*
B2Room 13
Written-ByG. Ginn*, Medea (5)
B3Damaged II
Written-ByG. Ginn*
B4No More
Written-ByC. Dukowski*
B5Padded Cell
Written-ByC. Dukowski*, G. Ginn*
B6Life Of Pain
Written-ByG. Ginn*
B7Damaged I
Written-ByG. 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.

Some copies with the anti-parent sticker that were sent out for radio promotion have an additional sticker on the front of the cover stating:

"Recommended For Airplay
T.V. Party
Rise Above"

℗ 1981 Unicorn Records, Inc. (on anti-parent and promo stickers)
℗ 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
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side 1, Variant 3): UNI/4-A-RE (scratched out) UNI/4- 9502-A-RE jcs L-7485 IIII Comin At Ya
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched Runout Side 2, Variant 3): UNI 4-9502-B jcs THE WHOLE GELATINOUS THING ʘ L-7485-X

Other Versions (5 of 35)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Damaged (Cassette, Album)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1981
New Submission
Damaged (LP, Album, Blank back cover)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1981
Recently Edited
Damaged (LP, Album)Roadrunner RecordsRR 9956Netherlands1982
Recently Edited
Damaged (LP, Album)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1982
Recently Edited
Damaged (LP, Album, Reissue)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1982
DJ_Maniak's avatar
The runout on side a on my copy has a stylized Black Flag logo in the etching, in addition to "Comin At Ya - The Real (Real is underlined) Gelatinous Thing O" as well as an "SST Y'ALL!", so which version do I have? And where am I looking for the MCA logo?
guilala's avatar
had a super minty copy that i found used with the anti-parent sticker back in the mid-80s. like most of my collection back then, it got traded away for Japanese punk & HC records. then sometime in the early 90s, i was walking down the street in Cleveland Heights, and there was a trashed copy sitting in the top of someones garbage can out on the street. of course i grabbed it!! hammered sleeve, beat vinyl that skips a few times and has surface noise throughout, but i love it!!! never knew that this ever had a lyric sleeve cos i had never ever seen a copy with one.
USKD_Duke_Decter's avatar
This album wins Number One album of all time that NEEDS TO BE REMASTERED!!!
Anthon40's avatar
Edited 8 months ago
Beware of bootlegs. There’s a 2019 unofficial release floating around with anti-parent sticker. You can tell it’s a bootleg because it has no matrix numbers or etchings.
matthewjonchan's avatar
When did this album start to become black and white on its cover? I'm curious as to why. Also as to why there's no lyric sheet, but I suppose that was because it's 80s punk.
gunsofbrixtonLFC's avatar
When I saw how much this was going for (almost $300 at max), I first thought, damn, maybe us kids shoulda taken better care of it. But then I immediately re-remembered what's so totally wrong about this situation: collectors won't let punks have punk rock records, and that ain't right. Not like I'd ever sell a beloved record with so many memories anyways, but if I did, I think I'd jack the price of this one way up and use its ring wear and the 4" split at the top of the cover as a selling point: "Value added! Comes with real punk rock wear-and-tear. No poseurs or lyric sheet."
abrasivedittyrecex's avatar
Edited one year ago

for anyone who was seeking the lyric sheet that was available thru SST mailorder only. quality is decent. you'll have to rotate them a little though.
oregonsurfer's avatar
Is there a bootleg copy of this? I have a VG+ copy if not mint copy with the "as a parent" sticker but the runout doesn't have any etching. It just looks to be in too good of condition to be an original copy.
abrasivedittyrecex's avatar
Edited one year ago
Some early copies also had a Unicorn Records sticker with the same color/theme as the "anti parent record" sticker stating:

jeffdove's avatar
For what it’s worth, the MCA logo NOT covered by the Anti-Parent sticker is much rarer than with the sticker. The band and SST employees hand applied these after the fact and only a small number escaped. This is confirmed by Rollins. Of course it could be possible to remove the sticker without causing damage.