Black Flag, Wasted…Again

Douglas Wolk

By Douglas Wolk

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A greatest hits comp from the undisputed kingpins of West Coast punk rock.

The undisputed kingpins of West Coast punk rock, Black Flag evolved rapidly and radically, beginning as the Ramones 'jokier, nastier brothers and ending up (many lineups and thousands of touring miles later) as a brutally heavy, sweat-dripping jam-punk ensemble. This greatest hits, released a year after sole permanent member Greg Ginn disbanded the group, condenses their huge recording career to twelve solid fist-in-the-air hits about drunkenness, madness, self-loathing and bitter cravings; it veers around their experimental side and their fire-breathing live recordings, but it's an unimpeachable introduction.