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FLIPPER BIOGRAPHY

One of San Francisco's most famous punk rock bands, Flipper never had a charting hit and never had more than a small cult following, despite being a favorite among US rock critics.

Flipper was long considered a fringe punk act, lacking the vicious social commentary of their Bay area brethren, The Dead Kennedys or the musical finesse of more mainstream punk acts like X.

Founded in 1979 by Will Shatter (formerly of Negative Trend) on vocals, Bruce Loose on bass and vocals, Ted Falconi on guitar and Steve DePace on drums, they are most famous for their debut LP the generic-looking Album and the hardcore punk "masterpiece" "Sex Bomb". They took their name after seeing pictures of thalidomyde babies and remarking how their arms looked like "flippers." The rest, as they say, is history. With rock critics singing their praises, Flipper went on to near-famous status as the reigning kings of American underground rock. Despite a few more albums, they never released anything quite as good as Album, considered a "punk classic" today. They split up in 1987, after Shatter's death from a heroin overdose.

In 1992, Flipper fan and American Recordings label founder Rick Rubin convinced the surviving members to record a new album. Entitled American Grafishy the LP only echoed what Flipper could have been were it not for Shatter's death. The reformed Flipper continues to record and Def American has reissued the seminal Album among others.


FLIPPER I.R.S. DISCOGRAPHY

This discography will cover only FLIPPER's recordings for I.R.S. Records. Recordings for other labels, other recordings, solo recordings and guest appearances, may be mentioned in the biography or discography, but details can be found by visiting some of the cool links for FLIPPER, below...

Compilations & Soundtracks

NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (VIRUS 14): features "Sacrifice" on Side three, cut seven.


FLIPPER LINKS AND OTHER COOL STUFF

There are a lot of Flipper pages on the WWW, but the best we could find are:



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