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Damaged

Black Flag Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B000000LZ2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,294 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  8. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie 1:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Depression 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Room 13 2:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Damaged Ii 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. No More 2:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Padded Cell 1:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Life of Pain 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Damaged I 3:500.99  Buy MP3 


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Founded by guitarist/songwriter Greg Ginn, Black Flag exploded out of LA in 1981 with a debut album so confrontational that MCA Records refused to release it, stating that Black Flag was "immoral" and lacking "redeeming social value". When the album finally came out on Ginn's own SST label, it was clear why MCA recoiled, as Black Flag's skinhead look and hardcore sound signalled a new chapter in punk--and rock in general. With Henry Rollins's venom-dripping vocals leading the way, the album features such hostile teeth-gnashers as "Rise Above" ("Try to stop us/It's no use"), "Six Pack" ("I got a six pack, and nothing to do") and, of course, "Life of Pain". --Billy Altman

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Perhaps the best album to emerge from the quagmire that was early-'80s California hardcore punk, the visceral, intensely physical presence of Damaged has yet to be equaled, although many bands have tried. Although Black Flag had been recording for three years prior to this release, the fact that Henry Rollins was now their lead singer made all the difference. His furious bellow and barely contained ferocity was the missing piece the band needed to become great. Also, guitarist/mastermind Greg Ginn wrote a slew of great songs for this record that, while suffused with the usual punk conceits (alienation, boredom, disenfranchisement), were capable of making one laugh out loud, especially the protoslacker satire "TV Party." Extremely controversial when it was released, Damaged endured the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism (some reacted as though this record alone would cause the fall of America's youth) to become and remain an important document of its time.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars File under Easy Listening - NOT! 3 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Yeah, bought this in '82, aged 14 - along with Dead Kennedys' Plastic Surgery Disasters, the other classic from that year. Nothing on the face of your earth prepares you for this sonic assault. Nothing. Heavy metal, eat my shorts, you lame losers, you fakes! Rise Above kicks off like they mean to go on, a spiralling, pummelling thrash of positive electricity that says 'you can kick me and beat me, but I will keep on getting up just to spite you goddamnit'. SPRAY PAINT THE WALLS - a 90 second slash across your ears. The feedback from Ginn's guitar before Rollins SCREAMS Depression, thrashing into a rolling thunder of pain and angst so real it hurts. The sound that launched a thousand boring imitations careers on through Life of Pain, Padded Cell, Room 13, all tempered and annealed in a white-hot, speed-of-light, grenade in the mouth and shit the pin's been pulled, NOISE that rips out to its 'de-facto' template with Thirsty and Miserable. Man, I felt like this. I lived it. Finally the record crawls, hobbles, spins out of control with the nightmare of working 9-5, living a lie and kissing your boss's butt just to get a slave wage as Rollins croaks and snarls his way through Damaged no.1. Damaged declares war on you - it'll leave you breathless, adrenalized and wanting to believe that the world cannot do anything to you more painful than you can inflict on yourself. You'll either find this LP a life-enhancing phenomenon or a crushing blow to all your sanitized pre-conceptions on what your trivial life is supposed to be. Nothing is louder, faster or harder. Believe me, I've heard it all. Accept no imitations. This is your brain through the mangle, into the mincer and fried in petrol. Lacerate yourself. Go on, you know you want to.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best punk albums ever 1 Mar 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This album first surfaced in 1980 when punk wasn't cool anymore. People talk about the British punk music classic bands but there was absolutely nothing as vitriolic and full of genuine fury as this album at the time. Henry Rollins, sounding like a kid just going through puberty, screams and shouts his way through 35 minutes of brilliance. It's amusing when you hear people whinging about the rough production of this album or the shoddy musicianship. Isn't that what punk is supposed to be about? If you listen to this album in the spirit it was intended to be then you will see why, rightly so, this was one of the most important punk albums ever. Other punk bands might have better production and be better musicians but this album was a decade ahead of its time, along with the likes of Bad Brains and Suicidal Tendencies.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Blood Boils 13 Aug 2000
Format:Audio CD
Black Flag are the greatest band I've ever heard, or are ever likely to hear. Damaged is Life-affirming music that rouses you out of complacency. Frightening and real, this is not fake aggression, or forced aggression, this band lived this way, amidst so much harassment and bullshit it makes a mockery of most everything Ive heard since. "Depression" is sung with such conviction that cannot be faked. If you are listening to Korn/Machine Head/Fear Factory with their down-tuned dirge guitars, baggy-pants and goatee beards and think they are the real thing then pass this one by, you dont deserve to hear it. Riot Music, pure and perfect.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest piece of US hardcore EVER! 29 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is Black Flag's finest moment. Song's about depression, alienation and just plain hating stuff. This is the template that lot's of nineties HC/ metal bands used for their sound. Gets more intense as the album goes on so be prepared to give it a few listens before you really get into it. This is one of my favorite albums of all time and I spent about 2 years listening to it constantly. Life changing stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars black flag-damaged 22 May 2007
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1981 and the first black flag album to feature the vocals of black flags biggest fan prior to joining,damaged is an album of two different types of song racing at you all at once.The album has an undoubted attitude about it,it can be angry,callous and brutal but on the other hand there are tracks like 'six pack' and 'tv party' which are all about getting drunk and watching tv and doing nothing,songs like that certainly inspired bands like NOFX and blink 182 but the darker side of the album is what its most famous for.

Henry rollins has a fierce voice,it isnt screamo or anything like that,its just got a sense of anger in it,a sense of real life bite in it,it doesnt sound fake.

The album takes a few spins to really reveal itself,album opener 'rise above' will own you as soon as you hear it,other tracks take a few spins to lodge themselves in your brain.The backing singing here is great as well,maybe black flag at this stage didnt quite have the all round catchiness of another of rollins heroes in The Misfits,but they had the attitude of the time for sure,damaged is worth checking out if you like hardcore punk tinged with a sense of humour and laid back fun at times.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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One of the previous reviewers suggested that if you like Black Flag then you must be in some way unable to appreciate music.

Let me see, what was the last music I paid for? Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martins in the Fields doing Bach's 'Art of Fugue' and 'Musical Offering'. The original 1943 recording of Benjamin Britten's 'Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings'. Mendlessohn's Hebrides Overture. The waltz from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty, because my two-year-old girl likes it. Strauss's Blue Danube, because it's such a great old chestnut. Kim Kashkashian playing Hindemith's viola sonatas. Some Israeli surf-punk from Boom Pam and vintage Greek surf guitar from Aris San. Kenny Rogers singing 'Just Dropped In'. Oh yeah, and also Mike Watt's 'Ball-Hog or Tugboat', some free improv guitar by Davey Williams and Maurizio Pollini playing the Diabelli Variations. I think it's fair to say that I have no problem liking various kinds of music. I also like Black Flag. A lot. I like them so much that my only tattoo is of their logo.

I first listened to the Flag in the mid-80s when I was a fairly dumb teenager. In those days I was listening to SST bands, Cream, Hendrix and bebop. Oddly enough, Cream, Hendrix and jazz are all part of the mix when it comes to later Flag (it's well-documented how Greg Ginn - or was it Chuck Dukowski? - turned Henry Rollins onto Charles Mingus while on tour). But this, the first proper Black Flag album, is not only one of the best Black Flag albums, it's also one of the best punk albums ever, and arguably transcends punk by virtue of being relatively complex musically: for every hilarious clapalong rant like 'TV Party' there's something as rhythmically sophisticated as 'What I See' or 'Damaged II'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far Beyond Damaged.....
Black flag is a name in music that was constantly named as an influence from most of the metal bands i listened to yet it took me forever for me to listen to. Read more
Published 11 months ago by scitslunkphantasmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have.
I'm only 18, so unfortunately I wasn't around during the time when Black Flag were still active but what I do know that this album and it's predecessors have some of the biggest... Read more
Published on 16 April 2012 by Chad G
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral and lacerating, superb.....
I'm 49, I listen to and play classical music and my musical taste usually runs to ambient stuff like Solar Fields or Christian Fennesz. Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The most visceral, authentic, ALIVE music you could ever hear
How anyone could give this iconic cultural phenomenon of an album a one-star review leaves me utterly speechless. Most of the other reviewers here have really said it all. Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2010 by Richard House
5.0 out of 5 stars True gem of US hardcore
One of the defining moments of early 80s US punk. Get this and 'The first 4 years' and you're set. Later records pale in comparison but this is the real stuff. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2009 by D. Reynolds
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard. Core. Punk. Rock.
It is fast.

It is loud.

It is raw.

It is offensive.

It is awesome. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2006 by Punk Rocker
1.0 out of 5 stars Cack Shag
Damaged? Their musical prowess certainly is. Unlike certain albums that show a groups musical talent, this tells us how good Black Flag are: complete and utter rubbish. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2003
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