If my memory serves me correctly, it was during a bunch of label crap in the early 80s (which kept them from releasing anything new) that Black Flag just kept playing and writing anyway. When the crap ended, they released a deluge of music, three albums in 1984! I’ve already reviewed Family Man, and My War, in these pages. But somehow I am remiss in not bringing you the brilliance that is Slip It In.
From its awesome Pettibon cover art to the absolutely insane and punishing music within, this record is yet another Flag masterpiece. The title track makes me laugh every time (while I rock the hell out). And then it’s one of my personal theme songs, Black Coffee. STARE AT THE WALLS! Wound Up keeps the energy going, and by now it’s obvious that Greg Ginn is some sort of riff genius – there are these brilliant bits pasted to absolutely simple bits, and it’s all heavy as hell.
Rat’s Eyes chugs along and tries to be menacing but it always just makes me laugh. I love this song for the camp that it is. Obliteration is a cool jazz punk metal instrumental. I used to think it needed words, but over the years, in the context of the album, I appreciate that they left it as is.
The Bars metal punks us into bliss, another solid Flag track. My Ghetto requires you get past the annoying feedback intro to get yourself sandblasted by the song itself! Haha wow that shit’s crazy! I love it! And finally, You’re Not Evil lurks along like that creepy guy walking behind you on the sidewalk at night. Those guitars! This song always slays me. Perfection.
It’s 38:37 of excellence, folks. Oh my yessss… slip it in…