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Postby motorbike guy on Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:24 am

You all know that Mr. Sage apparently built and/or owns his own record lathe. I think he also built his own distortion pedals, but I could be mis-remembering.

He is also a cancer survivor, as I recall. So he's got that going for him.
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Postby Wood Goblin on Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:10 am

Utterly fantastic band (at least with regard to the early stuff; I don't know the later albums) with a lasting influence. Furthermore, they're one of the only bands I know of in which artists who attempt cover versions don't embarrass themselves. The Mono Men, Nirvana, and Crackerbash have all done fantastic covers of Wipers' songs.

It's gray and dim right now in Chicago. Perfect weather for the Wipers.
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Postby Mose Varty-Seppanen on Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:02 pm

I bought Over the Edge on vinyl in the early '90s and really liked it. For some reason, I then bought later Wipers records that I didn't enjoy as much and sort of lost interest.

Last year I picked up the box set and Is This Real? totally blew me away. What a fantastic record.

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Postby Sebastian J. on Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:04 pm

Wood Goblin wrote: they're one of the only bands I know of in which artists who attempt cover versions don't embarrass themselves. The Mono Men, Nirvana, and Crackerbash have all done fantastic covers of Wipers' songs.


I guess you haven't heard the hole version then :roll:

Wood Goblin wrote: It's gray and dim right now in Chicago. Perfect weather for the Wipers.


hey ! thats the same weather in Buenos Aires right now. Gonna listen some "Is This Real?" now
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Postby MTAR on Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:09 pm

I bought the 3 disc box set.

Got it 2 weeks ago, and it it has been on constant rotation ever since I opened the box. Excellent. Thanks EA!
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Postby tallchris on Tue Aug 22, 2006 2:26 pm

One of the most important bands from the Northwest.

Their influence, musically and career wise, is matched by the insane quality of those first three records.

If they'd been from a bigger city, I'm sure they would of been bigger in the 80s.
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Postby tmidgett on Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:08 pm

Cranius wrote:[Edit: This song 'Romeo' makes me feel little weird]


That's just b/c it is super-double-gay.

"Is This Real?" and "Mystery" are also pretty gay songs.

I mean, literally, they're gay. And great.
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Postby MTAR on Tue Aug 22, 2006 3:13 pm

tmidgett wrote:
Cranius wrote:[Edit: This song 'Romeo' makes me feel little weird]


That's just b/c it is super-double-gay.

"Is This Real?" and "Mystery" are also pretty gay songs.

I mean, literally, they're gay. And great.


The first three songs on Is This Real? are remarkable. One of the best album kickoffs I have ever heard.

By "literally" do you mean they are about being gay, that they make you feel gay, or that they are "fruity-sounding"?
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Postby Sebastian J. on Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:26 pm

didnt Greg Sage like to buttfuck kiddos ?
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Postby tallchris on Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:30 pm

tmidgett wrote:
Cranius wrote:[Edit: This song 'Romeo' makes me feel little weird]


That's just b/c it is super-double-gay.

"Is This Real?" and "Mystery" are also pretty gay songs.

I mean, literally, they're gay. And great.


I'd also add any song with the word "alien" in the title.
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Postby 154 on Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:41 pm

hmm.. i missed the gay thing too. i just figured 'Romeo' was about a creep/stalker-type..
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Postby Sebastian J. on Tue Aug 22, 2006 4:43 pm

oh ! so then the rumors are true ....
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Postby Cranius on Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:32 pm

tmidgett wrote:
Cranius wrote:[Edit: This song 'Romeo' makes me feel a little weird]


That's just b/c it is super-double-gay.

"Is This Real?" and "Mystery" are also pretty gay songs.

I mean, literally, they're gay. And great.


Yeah, I just listened to the lyrics a little closer and it all clicked.

So (anti)romantic, so swoonsome, so great!
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Postby mr.arrison on Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:58 pm

Sebastian J. wrote:didnt Greg Sage like to buttfuck kiddos ?


has anyone answered this?
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Postby Sebastian J. on Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:15 am

guess not.
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Postby tmidgett on Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:23 am

MTAR wrote:
tmidgett wrote:
Cranius wrote:[Edit: This song 'Romeo' makes me feel little weird]


That's just b/c it is super-double-gay.

"Is This Real?" and "Mystery" are also pretty gay songs.

I mean, literally, they're gay. And great.


The first three songs on Is This Real? are remarkable. One of the best album kickoffs I have ever heard.

By "literally" do you mean they are about being gay, that they make you feel gay, or that they are "fruity-sounding"?


About being gay.

They don't make me feel gay, but they make me feel like they're about being gay.

I don't think they are fruity-sounding at all, which is what is great about the gay Wipers songs.

tallchris wrote:I'd also add any song with the word "alien" in the title.


Yeah, only I think he's being literal about some of that. Like, literally, he's talkin' about aliens.

Strange guy.
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Postby Mike Greenlees on Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:18 pm

tmidgett wrote:
MTAR wrote:
tmidgett wrote:
Cranius wrote:[Edit: This song 'Romeo' makes me feel little weird]


That's just b/c it is super-double-gay.

"Is This Real?" and "Mystery" are also pretty gay songs.

I mean, literally, they're gay. And great.


The first three songs on Is This Real? are remarkable. One of the best album kickoffs I have ever heard.

By "literally" do you mean they are about being gay, that they make you feel gay, or that they are "fruity-sounding"?


About being gay.

They don't make me feel gay, but they make me feel like they're about being gay.

I don't think they are fruity-sounding at all, which is what is great about the gay Wipers songs.

tallchris wrote:I'd also add any song with the word "alien" in the title.


Yeah, only I think he's being literal about some of that. Like, literally, he's talkin' about aliens.

Strange guy.


Yeah, previous to the new shit coming to light, I always just figured his whole "No one wants an alien" trip was a metaphor for feeling like an outsider, being gay, whathaveyou. But he's being at least partially literal. I have been warned by people who have recorded with him, to not get him started on alien abduction, should I ever meet him. He seems to be a genuine crank on other levels as well, though I'm just going by interviews and the notes for the cd box.

He's probably my favorite guitarist of all time. Wipers, top 10 for me as well, so flawless are those first 3 records.
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Postby tmidgett on Wed Aug 23, 2006 3:37 pm

Mike Greenlees wrote:Yeah, previous to the new shit coming to light, I always just figured his whole "No one wants an alien" trip was a metaphor for feeling like an outsider, being gay, whathaveyou. But he's being at least partially literal. I have been warned by people who have recorded with him, to not get him started on alien abduction, should I ever meet him. He seems to be a genuine crank on other levels as well, though I'm just going by interviews and the notes for the cd box.


You're right.

It doesn't detract from my enjoyment of his music at all, but yes, you are right.

He's probably my favorite guitarist of all time. Wipers, top 10 for me as well, so flawless are those first 3 records.


He's an excellent guitarist.
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Postby Mike Greenlees on Wed Aug 23, 2006 4:05 pm

I only saw him play once. I was slack-jaw impressed. He was playing parts I had just assumed were overdubs - laying his thumb across the neck and changing chords on the high strings. I guess there's a more musicianly way of describing that technique...
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Postby matthewbarnhart on Wed Aug 23, 2006 7:48 pm

MTAR wrote:I bought the 3 disc box set.

Got it 2 weeks ago, and it it has been on constant rotation ever since I opened the box. Excellent. Thanks EA!


This silly chatroom has introduced me to some of my favorite music!

Wipers! MX-80 Sound! Pere Ubu! Third World War! I feel like I've been living under a rock, and all of you internet dorks lifted up that rock and let me drink from your canteens!

Tim, the gayness of these songs was never obvious to me, but I'm a clod. Now that you mention it, it all makes sense!

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