November 13, 2014
Wipers Box Set (Is This Real? – Youth Of America – Over The Edge)
(Zeno Records, 2001)
Seriously, just don’t argue, go get $20 dollars together and buy this three album collection. I’m usually really mellow about musical taste, “we’re all different, we’re all equal,” but if I had to place a bet on one single source for the Seattle sound it would be Greg Sage — in 1980-1983 he foreshadowed everything that was to come at the close of the decade. The scene paid homage on a 1992 tribute record, Sub Pop reissued the Is This Real? album a year later — they knew who birthed the scene template — it was this guy with his awkward take on punk and determined reinvention across three very different albums.