Flipper

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": punk noise rock post-punk hardcore punk hardcore punk rock Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

San Francisco hardcore band Flipper formed in 1979 with original members Will Shatter (d. 1987; bass, vocals), Steve DePace (drums), both former members of Negative Trend, Bruce Lose (bass, vocals) and Ted Falconi (guitar), also of Negative Trend, on drums. Following the single ‘Love Canal’/‘Ha Ha’, on Subterranean Records, the group released its debut and best-known album, Generic, in 1982. Sporting topical lyrics and both hardcore punk and noise dirges, the collection was instantly recognized as a classic of west coast punk. However, these were no stereotypical three-chord thrashes, the band experimenting instead with the wildly overblown ‘Sex Bomb Baby’ and the super-minimalist ‘Life’. Other albums followed on Subterranean in 1984 and 1986 but failed to match their debut’s impact, and the following year Shatter died of an accidental heroin overdose. The three surviving members of Flipper reunited in 1990, resulting in...

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