Flipper suffered for their music.
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An acquired taste to be sure, Flipper started up in 1979 and featured songs that were dissonant, sludgy, simply played and at points absolutely maddening. The band featured two bass players and deliberately played slowly, which was the the antithesis of the hardcore punk sound that everyone else was doing.
On the SF Underground compilation, Flipper released "Earthworm"; a slow, ponderous dirge about being an earthworm. Subtlety was never their forte.
Flipper concerts were often exercises in agit-prop, as the band's stated purpose at one point was "to be bad in ways that no band had ever been bad before". The stage was often inundated by the audience, adding more chaos to the show.
However, Flipper attracted as many fans as they repulsed, becoming a somewhat popular band during the early 1980's.
Singles such as "Love Canal" (featuring a picture sleeve of a deformed baby), and "The Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" actually became underground hits.
Their highpoint is undoubtedly their 1982 Generic album. This record featured the timeless "Sexbomb" which is basically one riff repeated over and over for about 8 minutes with dissonant saxophone and the lyrics "Sex Bomb Baby Yeah" repeated over and over.
After Generic came Gone Fishin' (1984) and American Grafishy (1990).
Additionally, there are several live albums out: Blow'n Chunks (1984), Public Flipper Limited Live (1986) and Live At CBGB's.
In 1987, singer Will Shatter died of a drug overdose. The remaining members of the band Bruce Loose, Steve Depace and Ted Falconi still tour; former Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic has played live with them in the past two years.
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