Black FlagDamaged

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


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

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Damaged (Cassette, Album)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1981
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Damaged (LP, Album, Blank back cover)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1981
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Damaged (LP, Album)Roadrunner RecordsRR 9956Benelux1982
Damaged (LP, Album, Reissue)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1982
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Damaged (LP, Album, Reissue)Unicorn Records, SST Records9502US1982



  • USKD_Duke_Decter's avatar
    Edited 11 months ago
    As a 55-yr old, I just re-listened to this album the other day. New observations. 1) This was the soundtrack to me and my friends' lives back then. Nobody captured the confused angst of the punk scene better than Black Flag, much of it due to Greg Ginn's frantic style of no-rules guitar playing. 2) I now realize Spot was a genius producer. There are subtle things like high harmonies in the chorus "Maniac" during Room 13, other subtle things here and there but staying hidden so as not to sound over produced. Kick drum is solid, too. Its so fucking punk! 3) This album kinda starts out like a party record, I forgot. Side one has three party-type tunes, its all about drinking beer and having fun. But during side two, it starts taking a dark turn and then ends up on a very, very dark note that makes you feel all alone. This was another thing that made this album so great.
    • TheFleshExp's avatar
      Just found a copy with the MCA logo but no sticker…I heard Henry Rollins say those are rare because they’re the copies they took home when they were putting on the stickers. That’s pretty rad. He still has a roll of the stickers he said.
      • 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 2 years 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."
                  • magsrecords.'s avatar
                    Edited 3 years 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.


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