When you take into account the friction that existed within Husker Du throughout their existence, it kind of explains the intensity of their songwriting, the ferocious delivery of some of the lyrics and the end product that whilst cohesive, still kind of has the feeling of a lovely tapestry that could come apart at any given moment.
When Flip Your Wig was released it rode on the back of two of the most important albums of the so called 'hard core' era. This, their last release for SST was less fierce than 'New Day Rising' and less adventurous than 'Zen Arcade', yet somehow it didn't suffer for it.
Within this albums myriad of tracks lie some absolute Husker Du gems, my personal favourite 'Green Eyes' being one of them. It also had what most people at the time was their most accessible single release 'Makes No Sense at All' which I'm fairly sure was aired on the Tube or something like that around this period.
I waited at the time for the 'wow, you knew about this lot for so long, that's really cool' in the same way as I did when REM suddenly hit the consciousness with Out Of Time... but sadly, for most people Husker Du remain a band that maybe has been name checked but not really heard.
So, is this an album you need for your collection, yes, absolutely. Is it Husker Du's best? No, that award almost certainly sits with Zen, New Day and Warehouse, but darn it, this is not far off it. Perhaps 2 or 3 songs are not exactly needed and perhaps was an indication of the on going competition with the Minutemen in terms of cramming as many tracks on an album as possible, but this is a very good record.
Go on, it's a bargain price and a very, very good record.