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  • Audio CD (10 Aug 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000JT3Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,618,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ever
2. Life Is Cheap
3. Shed No Tears
4. (I Saw You) Shine
5. Way Of The World
6. Life
7. Nothing
8. Living For The Depression
9. Sex Bomb

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darran on 28 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
I read about this album in 'Rip It Up and Start Again' and it sounded so good I was desperate to find it. I looked all over London for this album, from HMV Oxford Street, to Zavvi Piccadilly Circus, to Sister Ray and both Rough Trade's and couldn't find it. I went to San Francisco this month and finally found it at Amoeba records. I felt pretty smug about it, imagining myself telling people I had to go to Flipper's home town and visit the hippest record store in the world to find it. And now I find out that, in fact, Domino re-released this album in June, thereby diminishing the impact of my find.

Anyway, this is an outstanding album, one of the pinnacles of post-punk. It's a bit like a cross between PIL and Black Flag. It's something like Public Image Ltd, but less arty and more raw and funky. It's just great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TUM on 27 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
I bought this Lp about 15 years ago for £3 and considered that to have been £3 wasted. After playing it again a while later, bits of it began to grow on me, particularly the catchy and daft jazz/punk/noise of "sex bomb". I dragged it out again the other day and can honestly say i listened to it 3 times back to back. Its not going to appeal to the young punkeroos and it probably appeals to me more now i'm older and don't feel the need to pogo at the sound of a distorted guitar. It is slow and dirgy with fuzzy production, but i don't find it particularly downbeat and "sex bomb" is close to perfection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Flipper are one of the few bands who straddle the genius/numbskull thread and come away with all integrity intact. The warmth of distortion in each of their songs rings through true and clear, like a bell chiming the start of a new day. Generic is one of a handful of punk albums that doesn't attempt to be as fast as possible or filled with tired cliches. For example, Shed No Tears sees Will Shatter (RIP) urging the listener to 'Shed no tears for the suicide...he has made his choice,' an unlikely sentiment for an album made in 1980. The album reaches a dark apex on (I Saw You) Shine, a 7-minute plus epic of heroin addiction (which would ultimately take Shatter's life in 1987). However, the sense of humour inherent in Flipper's work is always just below the surface and appears on Sex Bomb Baby, another 9-minute classic. For any self-respecting punk fan, particularly if you like Husker Du, Dead Kennedys and Minutemen.
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By D. N. Z. AQUINO on 27 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
real slow heavy album (actually i'll revise that. you see flipper were fast, just not as fast as other similar bands at the time which is why some people assume its slow). with most songs topping out over 4 minutes its hard to tag it to other punk bands like black flag, instead favouring more in comparison with public image or the wipers (musically). lyrically its depressing, righteous and uplifting at the same time, often within the same song. dealing with topics of (mainly)how sh#t life can be, it ends with sex bomb, a riff repetitive, near funk inflicted song that almost crumbles after the six or seven minutes under the shouted vocals courtesy
of will shatter (r.i.p.) though personally i think this song is overated other notable songs such as "ever" and "the way of the world" deserve the same (or more) credit. Listen to this just for the experience. indispencable.
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By Ec Tipton on 20 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is easily one of my top ten favourite albums. The record is based on heavy hypnotic and repetitive bass riffs, steady simple drum beats and superbly written, heart wrenching lyrics adorned with thrashy and quirky noise guitar.
It doesn't sound like a winning formula but this record really does transcend it roots and becomes something beautiful and unique.
The overall mood of the record is quite down but it's laced with wry humour and witty lyrics that make the record still enjoyable to listen to.
I can't imagine this record being any better. If you like punk / post-punk / grunge and you don't own this it's time to sort yourself out and buy it now.

P.S. If you can get your hands on the follow up 'Gone Fishin' that's nearly as good too.
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