Black Flag again? So soon? And What The...?
Yeah, I love it. Maybe I'm just being contrary. It's awesome. It's exactly what I wanted. It's upbeat, sloppy, fierce and fun.
Chavo Pederast? He's great. He's gone, too, but isn't he always? Greg Ginn and some drummer no one can hear? I don't care. Black Flag is Ginn. Ginn is Black Flag. Black Flag on SST is whatever Ginn wants it to be and that's enough for me. It's just gravy on top that What The... is so damn fun.
Do I hate the cover? Sure. Do I get it? I won't pretend to know Ginn's mind but I have a pretty good guess. I can't listen to the cover. I hate the title, for that matter, but I don't listen to that, either.
Does almost every song feature the same lick? It sure as hell does. If something is great why not do it about 21 more times?
No, I'm not being sarcastic. What The... is fucking FANTASTIC and I wish Ginn would turn out three or four of these a year like he used to. I'd love to see Kira, Keith, Chuck, Dez, Henry and all the other dudes back on record or tour - with Ginn. I'd love to hear My War, Pt. 2 - with Ginn. You say Ginn is the one keeping this from happening? Cool, it's his band, his label. Start your own band and label and apply your own rules to that. I love Off! but fuck anything called Flag without Ginn. People wring their hands and act as if the lineup didn't shift almost constantly. People simultaneously praise Damaged and Jealous Again without moaning that they aren't the same. Get over yourselves and just enjoy it all. Just because What The... is not exactly the same doesn't take away from what you already love. So many rules about music without rules.