Everything Is Broken (Live 1984): The Full 1984 Radio Tokyo Studios, Los Angeles Broadcast
These bootlegs pop up on the streaming sites and then they’re taken down. You grab them while you can. The timing of this one is sublime, as I’ve been recently devouring Black Flag’s catalogue like I’m a teenager all over again.
It’s been years since I’ve listened – at all closely – to the influential hardcore band, but I carry my love for them on my sleeve (literally, in the form of a band-patch).
The 30 minute broadcast is really an EP worth of music when you consider intro and outro station tags and a 7-minute band interview in the middle. But it’s well worth hearing, the interview is pretty great, and the quality is wonderful – given it’s a studio performance, rather than a re-broadcasting of a dubiously recorded live gig. In fact, soundwise, it’s as good and clear as the band ever sounded to my ears.
Rollins is in devastating vocal form on Swinging Man, Greg Ginn’s guitar work is at its beautiful, buzzing best on Wound Up and cries out like Johnny Ramone’s best squeals on opening song, I Love You.
My War’s title track is ferocious, combining a Sabbath-like intensity as the guitar circles beneath the frenetic drums and Henry spits the words out like venom.
Fans will want to hear this.
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