Wipers - Youth Of America (Anniversary Edition: 1981-2021) 2LP
Simply obliterating any conception of The Wipers as a mere punk band, Greg Sage released this follow-up to "Is This Real?" in 1981 - a sophisticated, overwhelming response to the evil times marked by the turn of the decade.
Broken up into six long songs, "Youth of America" is a much colder, harrowing experience than the teen angst of their debut. Vocally, Sage comes off as sleep-deprived and forsaken, snarling not only at his own predicament but at the predicament of the entire world. The centerpiece of the album is the title track, a dire ten minutes of paranoia and angst that gave Sage the space to showcase his wildest, darkest playing yet.
This Record Store Day '21 edition includes a bonus LP of rare mixes and tracks from the 1981 sessions. Includes original rejected cover artwork. Audiophile pressing.