Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Over The Edge

The Wipers were Portland's premier Post-Punk band. While they never really made a bad album during their lengthy career, it is 1983s Over The Edge that is my personal favorite. The album is a lonely brooding walk through Portland's rain-soaked city streets. It's the working man's angst and frustration pouring forth from the hostile, yet beautiful, guitar and voice of Mr. Greg Sage.

29 comments:

sephim said...

What's a good way to get something to you? I have a few demos of a punk band from Poland and their one foray into post-punk that I think may do well on the Hearse.

The band is Siekiera, which in Polish means 'axe', just so you can gauge its possible popularity.

Slobodan Burgher said...

Sure spent many a good time listening to Wipers...first three albums...

morgan said...

Awesome. Maybe one of my all time favorites. I don't think I could ever get tired of listening to this.

Anonymous said...

Sic. Im stoked to see this up but when I unzipped it tracks 5, 9, 12, 13, 14 and 16, where missing. Anyways this blog keeps me going alot of the time.

Mike Desert said...

I love the Wipers, but since Tony has started pumping them into the peepshow video booths, they make me think of semen and crack.

Steven said...

so, so good, I discovered this band way too late...

Manderville said...

Covers of "Return of the Rat" and "D-7" by Nirvana are always worth the listen as well. (IMO)

rhinestone neckbrace said...

just bought this on vinyl, everyone should too,, jackpot records in portland re released this one...

Aesop said...

I know the track numbers are weird but I assure you ut is the album in its entirety

Twin Uzis in Hyrule said...

This LP is worth the price of admission for the song 'Doom Town' alone...

I have a live set of theirs somewhere that totally rules.

said...

Man, I was just listening to Better Off Dead ep this morning. Up in Flames! Thanks 'sop.

Roger Camden said...

I don't really get this band

what is so great about them that I'm apparently not hearing?

Arend said...

Already have this one, but it is a great album indeed.

Anonymous said...

stephen malkmus also covers alien boy

Jarret said...

What I love about '80s alt-rock: Guitarists were still able to create cool, unique sounds and textures--Peter Buck's Chronic Town, The Edge's Unforgettable Fire, Johnny Marr's Strangeways. Even the dude in Big Country had a distinctive tone. After Nirvana, it seemed everybody flattened their attack into a monotonous crunch. Or maybe I'm old. To me, the Wipers sound like a post-apocalyptic, surfboard-shattered Ventures with gloomy punk vocals. Love "Doom Town" almost as much I love CH. Thanks for letting me hang, Aesop!

Skull Of A Moose said...

I was just listening to this the other day and thinking I'd post it on my own blog. Guess you beat me to it, damn. Great album though, one of my all-time favorites.

Anonymous said...

Amazing cd ! Can't believe I haven't heard this before. Thanks for sharing.

e normous said...

In the same boat as Mr. Camden above, haven't been able to get into this band as yet.

Anonymous said...

if you cant get into the wipers,you must not have a soul,been fucked over,lied to,broken,dumped,or miserable



oh and my captcha is broarrea..like like diarrhea,but broarrea..like if you go somewhere and theres a bunch of bro's,then "this place has broarrea,lets bail"

im goin to urban dictionary with that!

Magik Wolf said...

I recently discovered the Wipers. I was hesitant, because I really hate 80's "punk," but this shit is amazing. Way ahead of it's time.

Anonymous said...

really enjoyed this. who knew? thank you.

Aesop said...

That's what I'm here for.

e normous said...

"if you cant get into the wipers,you must not have a soul,been fucked over,lied to,broken,dumped,or miserable"

this actually applies to me pretty well, so you may be right...

haizman_brain said...

Magik Wolf - I was hesitant to call you a douche for hating any music based on timestamp...but since you like the Wiper's Over the Edge album you are amazing and ahead of your time!

I got to see the Wipers a few times during this era, and this is still my favorite record by them. The tones...the solo on Lonely One...etc...

Aesop - Where did you get that alternate version of Romeo?

Magik Wolf said...

Ha...maybe I should have phrased it, "Never found anything "punk" from the 1980's worthwhile or interesting," but the Wipers were obviously an iconoclast. I'm more interested on their influence on bands like The Melvins, Mudhoney, and Earth.

Aesop said...

This was all taken from the box set, hence the woggy track numbers.

icoulddietomorrow said...

weird, i was unaware of the existence of a bad Wipers album...

T. Garrett said...

Aesop, you have changed my life with this post. Thank you, this band rules.

Anonymous said...

one of my favorites! Thanks.