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Postby yaledelay on Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:26 pm

not crap esp the first 3 records... no one works a bigsby unit like Sage, no one...

youth of america is the best 10+ minute song ever, better than sister ray...
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Postby Tom on Thu Feb 09, 2006 2:27 pm

Not Crap.
I agree with that Is this Real? Is as close to a flawless record as you can get. I haven't heard any of their stuff post Over the Edge, but I like everything up to that point, though Is this real? Stands out head and shoulders above the rest.


WF +1 because of greg sages whoa is me attitude about how no one understood them.
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Postby abcgroupdocumentation on Thu Feb 09, 2006 8:02 pm

I just recently got into this band when i bought "over the edge" on lp. i was in portland and some friends had mentioned them as something of a portland icon for punk rock.

my question is: does anyone else see how much the hot snakes "borrowed" from these guys, especially the guitar playing/tone/um...everthing on "over the edge," sans the vocals?

this band is NOT crap. fucking great.
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Postby Tom on Thu Feb 09, 2006 8:56 pm

Yeah. That was my 1st thought when I heard Hot Snakes. Hot Snakes are not Not Snakes.
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Postby horsewhip on Thu Feb 09, 2006 9:35 pm

abcgroupdocumentation wrote:my question is: does anyone else see how much the hot snakes "borrowed" from these guys, especially the guitar playing/tone/um...everthing on "over the edge," sans the vocals?


Yeah, even John Reis acknowledges this. But if you're going to rip off someone, why not rip off someone good?
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Postby Christopher_Dragon on Thu Feb 09, 2006 10:10 pm

shagboy wrote:I can't believe how good 'Is This Real?' is.... almost -- or maybe entirely -- flawless.


I'm listening to it now for the first time in months.
If there's a record that truly deserves to be called amazing, then this is it.
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Postby Terrainasaur on Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:33 pm

Christopher_Dragon wrote:
shagboy wrote:I can't believe how good 'Is This Real?' is.... almost -- or maybe entirely -- flawless.


I'm listening to it now for the first time in months.
If there's a record that truly deserves to be called amazing, then this is it.


Yes. The extra stuff on the boxed set version is pretty mind numbing as well. "Born With a Curse" is one of the best rock and roll songs ever to grace this world.
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Postby whiskerando on Thu Feb 09, 2006 11:46 pm

greg sages whoa is me attitude


this is a fantastic malaproprism.

i would go see this band "Greg Sages' Whoa is me"
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Postby abcgroupdocumentation on Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:25 am

Horsewhip, you're not down with The Wipers?
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Postby vinylmine on Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:17 pm

Andrea Doria wrote:I only have Is This Real so if any of you wants to burn and send me another of their cds I would be most appreciative.


you can buy the first three in a cool box set with extras directly from Greg Sage. The price ain't bad either. google him...
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Postby AAAAAAAARGH on Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:41 pm

I am buying the wipers box set and I will give you my thoughts after that
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Postby Maria on Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:43 pm

not crap- i bought the box set last year. i must say one of the best musical investments i have ever made. youth of america is my favorite album by the wipers. "taking too long" was the first song i heard by them and after that i was hooked. "when its over" is another favorite of mine.
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Postby Tom on Sun Feb 12, 2006 12:21 am

The Melvins do a real good cover of Youth of America on Electroretard.
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Postby Schaal on Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:54 am

I just needed to pipe in that Land of the Lost is also a really great Wipers long playing record. It graces many cut-out bins across this great land of ours.
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Postby Sebastian J. on Tue Jul 25, 2006 8:41 pm

NOT CRAP for gods sake !
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Postby Brett Eugene Ralph on Tue Jul 25, 2006 10:35 pm

AAAAAAAARGH wrote:I am buying the wipers box set and I will give you my thoughts after that


I bought this bargain-priced box on the strength of the recommendations herein and have been rewarded with hours of listening pleasure. A classic American band.
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Postby Mazec on Wed Jul 26, 2006 1:56 am

steve wrote: Mind boggling meld of Link Wray, Leather Nun, the Damned, the Stooges, alien abduction paranoia, societal dread and Neil Young.


Interesting deconstructionist theory to their music. Greg Sage always seemed like self-contained influence cycle to me.

NC. Even some of their (his) later stuff, like Silver Sail, was somewhat NC.

BTW, I heard from my music elders that the non-Sage musicians in the Wipers repeatedly walked out on / were fired by him so many times that the band was occasionally reduced to Greg on stage with a drum box and sequencer. I would have liked to see "them" as a one-man act.
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Postby Cranius on Wed Jul 26, 2006 2:32 am

Mazec wrote:
steve wrote: Mind boggling meld of Link Wray, Leather Nun, the Damned, the Stooges, alien abduction paranoia, societal dread and Neil Young.


Interesting deconstructionist theory to their music. Greg Sage always seemed like self-contained influence cycle to me.


I've also been greatly enjoying the Wipers Box Set, after finding out about them thanks to this thread. Listening to it I can't help but pick out different veneers of influence in the music, particularly the Trashmen-esque surf drumming, but any recognition is fleeting and doesn't disrupt the whole.

A great original band.

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