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Wipers - Wipers Box - 2001 (U$A)

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  1. nike

    nikeExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Jun 19, 2011
    Disc 1: Is This Real? (1980)


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    Track List:

    01. Return Of The Rat
    02. Mystery
    03. Up Front
    04. Let's Go Away
    05. Is This Real?
    06. Tragedy
    07. D-7
    08. Potential Suicide
    09. Don't Know What I Am
    10. Window Shop For Love
    11. Wait A Minute
    12. Born With A Curse
    13. Rebel With A Cause
    14. Misfit
    15. Mystery
    16. Tragedy
    17. Let's Go Away
    18. Is This Real?
    19. Alien Boy
    20. Image Of Man
    21. Telepathic Love
    22. Voices In The Rain

    Disc2: Youth Of America (1981)


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    Track List:

    01. No Fair
    02. Yoa
    03. Taking Too Long
    04. Can This Be
    05. Pushing The Extreme
    06. When It's Over
    07. Scared Stiff
    08. Pushing The Extreme
    09. No Fair
    10. When It's Over
    11. Youth Of America

    Disc 3: Over The Edge (1983)


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    Track List:

    01. Over The Edge
    02. Doom Town
    03. So Young
    04. Messenger
    05. Romeo
    06. Now Is The Time
    07. What Is
    08. No One Wants An Alien
    09. The Lonely One
    10. No Generation Gap
    11. This Time
    12. Mistaken ID
    13. No Solution
    14. Doom Town
    15. The Lonely One
    16. Now Is The Time
    17. Romeo
    18. Our Past Life


    Led by singer/guitarist Greg Sage, Portland, Oregon's Wipers began as a trio playing heavy rock that mixed high velocity and volume to obscure songs with introspective and intelligent lyrics. Is This Real? is a case in point. Raw, abrasive and hard-hitting, it's come to be considered such a touchstone in Northwest punk/grunge history that Sub Pop reissued it (adding the three non-LP B-sides from Alien Boy) fourteen years later, after Nirvana covered not one, but two, of its songs.
    Youth of America shows much refinement and is highlighted by Sage's weird guitar work on some long instrumental bridges. The title track is a simple, repetitive, colossal ten-minute monster, the Wipers' ultimate effort. Over the Edge is as appealing, with some of Sage's most memorable songs. The thick title track (later covered by Hole), plus the simmering "Doom Town" and the roaring "So Young" define the Wipers' dense, methodical, chunky aggression, with heavy, cloudy guitar.
    Sage recorded the solo Straight Ahead while looking for a new label for the Wipers. Side One sounds like his band, which is fine, but Side Two is just the man and his guitar making hauntingly strange, consciousness-expanding, atmospheric space pieces such as "Astro Cloud." Intriguing. Wipers is a live album from a 1984 tour that includes three great songs never recorded in a studio.
    Land of the Lost reveals no rust after a three-year layoff. "Way of Love" and "Nothing Left to Lose" are charging rockers fed by Sage's fire-breathing string work, while "Just Say" shows a prettier side of his playing. Follow Blind backsteps a bit, with more hypnotic guitar. On the first moody Wipers LP, Brad Davidson's prominent bass sets up subconscious undercurrents. The stunning title track and "Any Time You Find" mix Sage's solo atmospherics with his thicker, repetitive style and are highly affecting.
    The Circle's scorching opener, "I Want a Way," and its tumultuous title track are red herrings for Wipers' business as usual. The album actually includes one of the band's rare, unabashed pop songs in "Time Marches On" and closes with the slow, somber shudder of three completely different-sounding songs: "Goodbye Again," "Be There" and "Blue & Red." Beautiful.
    In compiling the 1990 retrospective, Sage favored his recent albums, but the collection includes such rarities as the band's blistering 1978 debut single "Better Off Dead," a long-forgotten compilation track and plenty of other goodies. A fine introduction.
    Made after Sage relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, his second solo effort, Sacrifice (For Love), picks up where the last three tracks of The Circle left off, only with an unobtrusive drum machine this time. The LP delves further into more somber, reflective auras; even a cover of the Yardbirds' "For Your Love" comes off as desperate and scared, while only "This Planet Earth" mines the repressed anger of his long career. "Dreams" and "No Turning Back" typify the album's slow, barely restrained fits of alarmed passion and quiet frustration.
    Come the Seattle explosion, the otherwise overlooked Sage (in America: in Europe he has always routinely sold out theaters) suddenly found himself considered a guru of sorts, despite his stylistic distance from the metallic and '70s-inspired hard-rock bands who held him in such esteem. Accordingly, Portland's Tim/Kerr label assembled the tribute CD (originally a four-single 7-inch box set) to pay homage. The obvious curiosities are Nirvana's "Return of the Rat" (the band's other Is This Real? cover, "D-7," came from a Peel session and was included on Hormoaning) and the aforementioned Hole cover, but the likes of Thurston Moore, Crackerbash, Poison Idea, Hazel and Nation of Ulysses keep the aggression coming. Perhaps the best and most ironic track is "Potential Suicide" by old Portland contemporaries Napalm Beach; that band's Sam Henry was the Wipers' first drummer and had played on the original a dozen years earlier.
    Reclaiming the Wipers name (and getting back drummer Steve Plouf) didn't make Silver Sail Sage's attempt to capitalize on his new-found prestige. Rather, with characteristic independence, Sage went even prettier, spacier and moodier than his previous work in order to get away from the public desire for him to rock out with his new crop of admirers. A more deliberate pace allows Sage's virtuoso playing extra opportunity to bob and weave, float and tickle, tease and torment; he introduces hints of quiet surf music, spaghetti westerns and other lonely, timeless sounds. Likewise, his spooky voice sounds unusually beautiful, especially on the crescendos of "Prisoner." He finally lets loose with two vintage blasts, "Never Win" and "Silver Sail."
    Again recorded as a duo with Plouf, Sage's tenth studio album, The Herd, swings his direction back around 180 degrees. He's bringing the fire this time, as evidenced by the clangorous roar of the angry, anthemic "Psychic Vampire" and "The Herd." The sterling pop melody of the bristlingly loud "Resist" conveys a strong anti-repression message; it's as if the MC5 had never gone away. For a guy/band approaching the 20-year mark, these rocket-fueled smashers sound every bit as dynamic and pushy as his earliest choleric days, only using more intricate chord patterns and playing. One of America's greatest independent label talents just keeps getting better.
    [Jack Rabid, trouser press.com]

    http://www.zenorecords.com/ - Greg Sages' very own record label!



    Alien Boy EP7 (Park Ave.) 1980
    Is This Real? (Park Ave.) 1980 (Sub Pop) 1993
    Youth of America EP (Park Avenue) 1981 (Restless) 1990
    Over the Edge (Brain Eater) 1983 (Restless) 1987
    Wipers (Enigma) 1985
    Land of the Lost (Restless) 1986
    Follow Blind (Restless) 1987
    The Circle (Restless) 1988
    The Best of Wipers and Greg Sage (Restless) 1990
    Silver Sail (Tim/Kerr) 1993
    The Herd (Tim/Kerr) 1996
    Power in One (Zeno) 1999
    3 CD Box Set: Is This Real? — Youth of America — Over the Edge (Zeno) 2001
    Straight Ahead (Enigma) 1985
    Sacrifice (For Love) (Restless) 1991
    Eight Songs for Greg Sage and the Wipers EP7 (Tim/Kerr) 1992
    Fourteen Songs for Greg Sage and the Wipers (Tim/Kerr) 1993


    Wipers Box Set (Is This Real? - Youth Of America - Over The Edge)
    Release Date : 2001

    The Wipers first 3 classic LP's digitally re-mastered, 23 bonus tracks and 6 never before released songs with liner notes by Greg Sage1-1 to 1-11: Is This Real?. Bonus tracks: 1-12: Wipers first song ever recorded in 1979 but was never released / 1-13: was originally recorded for "Is This Real?" but was never released / 1-14: a very early recording that also was never released / 1-15 to 1-18: so

    Wipers Biography

    Wipers was a recording project formed in 1977 by Greg Sage in Portland, OR. First conceived as a studio project, they originally planned to release fifteen LPs over ten years and completely avoid doing tours or interviews. They disbanded in 1989 after releasing six studio albums, but reformed in 1993 to release three more albums. They disbanded for good in 1999.

    Band members: Greg Sage, Steve Plouf
    Band ex-members: , Brad Davidson, Dave Koupal, Brad Naish, Sam Henry, Travis Aaron McNabb

    Wipers were a punk rock group formed in Portland, Oregon, United States in 1977 by guitarist Greg Sage, drummer Sam Henry and bassist Dave Koupal. Perhaps best known for the iconic early 80s album Is This Real?, Wipers were one of the earliest American purveyors of the genre, and the group's tight song structure and use of heavy distortion has been hailed as extremely influential by numerous critics and musicians (including Nirvana, who covered several of their songs), laying the groundwork for the evolution of modern alternative rock from punk.

    The idea behind the Wipers started off as only a recording project. The plan was to record 15 LPs in 10 years without touring or promotion of any type. Sage's thoughts were that the mystique built from the lack of playing the traditional rock & roll promotion game would make people listen to their recordings much deeper with only their imagination to go by. He thought it would be easy to avoid press, shows, pictures, interviews. He looked at music as art rather than entertainment; with that concept in mind he thought music was personal to the listener rather than a commodity.

    "I think I got that concept early on as a kid. I was very lucky to have my own professional record cutting lathe when I was in 7th grade due to my father being involved in the broadcast industry. I would cut records for friends at school of songs off the radio and learned the art of record making long before learning to play music. I would spend countless hours studying the grooves I would cut under the microscope that was attached to the lathe and loved the way music looked, moved and modulated within the thin walls. I might have spent too much time studying music through a microscope because it gave me a completely different outlook on what music is and a totally opposite understanding of it as well. There was something very magical and private when I zoomed into the magnified and secret world of sound in motion. I got to the point that I needed to create and paint my own sounds and colors into the walls of these grooves."

    Greg Sage's first choice of instrument was bass guitar, because of the low tones that made larger grooves in the vinyl records due to slower modulations. Unfortunately, basses were harder to find and much more expensive when Sage was in grade school, so he had to go with guitar instead. After several years of playing and recording guitar he felt he wanted to do something different in music, and being labeled as a band seemed to be the first tradition and standard he should try to avoid. He wanted to make his own recordings, manufacture and run his own label himself without anyone else's financing in order to keep the music as pure and unfiltered as possible. In fact, in 1979, Sage approached several young Portland punk bands and asked them to record singles for his new [lable]Trap label. Some of those early bands were Stiphnoyds, Neo Boys and Sado-Nation. Sage later re-released some of that material on a compilation record entitled History Of Portland Punk.

    Sage has done some studio production for other bands, most notably Napalm Beach. Sage helped Napalm Beach record their first studio tracks, including a debut EP (never released), and some tracks for Sage's 1981 Trap Sampler compilation album. Sage also recorded some of Napalm Beach's live performances and released them on cassette. After the Wipers original drummer, Sam Henry joined Napalm Beach (1981), Sage engineered and produced the band's first full studio album, Rock & Roll Hell.

    Sage realized that his initial ideas of conduct would be near impossible for him, due to the fact that to most record labels it was first and foremost business to them. Being such an independent artist was an oddity. Sage says he learned that it is almost impossible to be a true artist in the sense he started off with, and that survival was to learn to compromise. These realizations influenced Sage wanting The Circle album to be the last Wipers album.

    In spite of Sage's original intentions, Wipers also played live shows and even released a live album, called Wipers Live.

    Wipers' first single, Better Off Dead was released in 1978 on Sage's own Trap Records. Their first album, Is This Real?, came out the following year on Park Avenue Records, a larger label which the band hoped would offer them wider distribution. Originally recorded on a 4-track in the band's rehearsal studio, the label insisted the band use a professional studio. Once released, the LP quietly gained a cult following, although the band was best known for their live shows around the Portland area.

    In 1980, through Park Avenue Wipers released the Alien Boy EP, consisting of the title track and three demo outtakes. Released without the band's permission, the EP was the first of many unauthorized and bootleg Wipers records. In fact, Wipers never received royalties from these early releases until Sage's Zeno Records reissued them as a triple-CD in 2001. Sage has said regarding Is This Real?: "Hell, that record was in print for over twenty years and we never received a cent for it."

    Though Is This Real? defied categorization upon its release, its catchy, driving punk anthems are now regarded as post-punk classics. Uninterested in more of the same, Sage tweaked and evolved the band's sound with each subsequent release. Sage became known for not only his do-it-yourself ethic and guitar solos, but also for his domineering approach to the band’s creative process. With the new rhythm section of bassist Brad Davidson and drummer Brad Naish (ex-Styphnoids), Wipers' recorded a second LP for Park Avenue.

    With its epic title track and generally longer song lengths, 1981's Youth of America stands in sharp contrast to the short/fast punk approach of the time. Following a dispute over the cover art for their Youth of America Wipers parted ways with Park Avenue for good.

    The next LP, the militant, distortion-drenched Over the Edge, was the first Wipers record to meet with immediate acceptance. The single Romeo, which had already been released earlier on 7" by Trap, actually got some radio airplay.

    The band then embarked on their first extensive tour, documented on the excellent 1984 Live LP. The band members purposely relied on word-of-mouth advertising for their albums, often rejecting interviews, and played far fewer live shows than many of their punk contemporaries.

    Many of the recording techniques and musical equipment were designed by Sage and the band.

    In the mid-80's, Wipers made the jump to Enigma Records subsidiary Restless Records, one of the biggest independent labels of the time signing punk-related bands. First to be released was Sage's solo album Straight Ahead.

    Over the next few years they released three more LPs on Restless, the first being 1986's Land Of The Lost which featured the song Let Me Know used in the Keanu Reeves film River's Edge. Copies of this album are highly sought after collectibles. They then released Follow Blind in 1987 and The Circle intended to be the band's last album. 18-year-old drummer Travis McNabb joined the band for the tour for the The Circle (later joining Better Than Ezra).

    Wipers broke up around 1989.

    Meanwhile, several alternative rockers became vocal about their admiration for Sage, such as the Melvins, mudhoney and Dinosaur Jr. The most notable was Kurt Cobain, whose band Nirvana covered Wipers songs and asked Sage to open for them on tours. Never wanting to be opportunistic and never wanting to draw attention to himself, Sage politely turned down the offers.

    In the early nineties, Sage relocated to Arizona and, in 1995, at the revived Wipers with the release of Silver Sail, followed by the Herd in 1996 and Power in One.

    All Wipers activity ceased in 2001.

    Sage later remarked on their initial reception: "We weren’t even really a punk band. See, we were even farther out in left field than the punk movement because we didn’t even wish to be classified, and that was kind of a new territory. [...] When we put out Is This Real? […] it definitely did not fit in; none of our records did. Then nine, ten years later people are saying: 'Yeah, it’s the punk classic of the ’80s.'"

    Disclaimer: this biography was gathered automatically through an external music database and could be inaccurate. We don't control the information found here.

    Label - Zeno Records

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  2. Emy30l

    Emy30lMember New Member




    Oct 5, 2015
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