Black Flag - Family Man
Label: SST Records – SST 026
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
A spoken word/instrumental album.
Released: Sep 1984
Genre: Non-Music, Rock
Style: Hardcore, Punk, Spoken Word
A1 Family Man 1:17
A2 Salt On A Slug 1:30
A3 Hollywood Diary 0:32
A4 Let Your Fingers Do The Walking 3:30
A5 Shed Reading (Rattus Norvegicus) 1:23
A6 No Deposit - No Return 0:40
A7 Armageddon Man 9:12
B1 Long Lost Dog Of It 2:03
B2 I Won't Stick Any Of You Unless And Until I Can Stick All Of You! 5:48
B3 Account For What? 4:18
B4 The Pups Are Doggin' It 4:13
Phonographic Copyright (p) – ceSSTone Music
Copyright (c) – ceSSTone Music
Recorded At – Be Bop Records
Recorded At – Total Access Recording Studios
Recorded At – Radio Tokyo
Pressed By – Rainbo Records
Bass – Kira Roessler
Drums – Bill Stevenson
Engineer – Ethan James (tracks: A7, B1, B4), Spot (tracks: A4, A6, B2, B3)
Guitar – Greg Ginn
Illustration [Cover Drawing] – Raymond Pettibon
Liner Notes – Harvey Robert Kubernik
Producer – Bill Stevenson (tracks: A7, B1 to B4), Greg Ginn (tracks: A7, B1 to B4), Harvey Kubernik (tracks: A1 to A6)
Vocals – Henry Rollins
"Family Man" appears courtesy of KCRW 89.9 FM Deirdre O'Donoghue 'SNAP' program
"Salt On A Slug" was recorded live at Be Bop Records in Reseda, California
"Let Your Fingers Do The Walking," "No Deposit - No Return," "I Won't Stick Any Of You Unless And Until I Can Stick All Of You!" and "Account For What?" were recorded at Total Access in Redondo Beach California.
"Rattus Norvegicus" was recorded in a shed
"Armageddon Man," "Long Lost Dog Of It," and "The Pups Are Doggin' It" were recorded at "Radio Tokyo" Venice, California.
ceSSTone Music BMI 1984
what ALWAYS seperated BF from ANY of their contemporaries was their lack of concern, regard for or respect of rules. this album disappointed their "punk rock" audience (and apparently a few narrow-minded reviewers here) and that's exactly what i love about it. they didn't give a made f*ck about anything other than taking it out as a far as they possibly could.
this album demonstrates their TRUE punk rock attitude and unparalleled hard work ethic. they were slaves to their art and, unlike 99% of their companions of the period, not so easily forgotten. experimental, raw, improvisational... FAMILY MAN gives you something your lame EXPLOITED albums never could... the balls and ability to leave their audience scratching their head
Side one is completely made up of spoken word performances by Henry Rollins; audiences are forced to face the deepest insides of Rollins' psyche through a series of poems and readings that range from black humor (Salt On A Slug) to diary-like mumblings (No Deposit-No Return).
Side two is almost completely instrumental, featuring great musicianship by the guitar-god Greg Ginn, the spastic Bill Stevenson (also of the Descendents) and new-comer Kira Roessler on bass. All three muisicians shine amazingly in the quirkily-titled tracks. Each song begins with the band performing the "head" (a la jazz performers) then carrying the listener through a series of variations, each becoming more and more spastic and wild.
The one track to feature vocals and music becomes the centerpiece for the album, and that is Armageddon Man. The format musically is the same as the other tracks on side two, but amidst the insanity is Henry Rollins' almost stream of consciousness ramblings. In the same way the band will repeat an idea and vary it, Rollins will make a statement and then "jam" on it for a bit. For example, "dirt getting stuck in my mouth, dirt getting stuck in my eyes, seeing everything through dirt, all I see is dirt, all I know is dirt, just talking dirt, talking dirt, digging dirt, loving dirt, rolling in dirt, dirt river, dirt sliver, dirt lover, dirt undercover, dirt overcover. . ." He is using his words to express what is happening musically, and the band responds in kind. Many times, it's not sure if Stevenson is following Ginn's lead, or Rollins'.
"Family Man" is a huge artistic statement that was a huge risk to release to single-minded punk fans, but has stood the test of time. A dark journey to take, but a rewarding and cathartic one nontheless.
Black Flag - Family Man
Black Flag - Armageddon Man
Black Flag - Let your Fingers Do the Walking