- Nervous Breakdown (EP)
Nervous Breakdown EP by Black Flag Released October 1978 Recorded January 1978 at Media Art Studios Genre Hardcore punk Length 5:13 Label SST (001) Producer David Tarling, Black Flag Black Flag chronology Nervous Breakdown
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The recording was financed by Greg Ginn with proceeds he had earned from his mail-order ham radio electronics business, Solid State Transmitters (SST). Through Spot, then an apprentice engineer whom Ginn had already known from living in Hermosa Beach, California, the band found Media Art, a studio that had recently completed construction.
The recording was originally supposed to come out on Bomp! Records, but the band felt that the label was taking too long to put the record out. Eventually the band took the master rights back, and Ginn put some more earnings from his ham radio business, located a pressing plant in the phone book, and co-founded SST Records with Black Flag bassist Chuck Dukowski, borrowing the label's name from his business.
It is commonly misconstrued that Spot was the producer and engineer of record for Nervous Breakdown. In his sleeve notes for the 1982 outtakes anthology Everything Went Black, Spot pointed out that as an apprentice engineer, his involvement in the sessions was limited to setting up microphones during the tracking sessions, and doing rough mixes for the band to hear.
The initial pressing of Nervous Breakdown was 300 copies. Black Flag were able to use the record as "a badge of legitimacy" (according to Dukowski) to begin getting live gigs in the Los Angeles area.
Four other songs were completed during the recording, "Gimme Gimme Gimme", "I Don't Care", "White Minority" and "No Values", which were later released as part of the Everything Went Black compilation album.
British hardcore punk band Gallows recorded a cover of "Nervous Breakdown" and it appears as a b-side to their "Abandon Ship" single.
British folk punk singer Frank Turner recorded a cover of "Fix Me", which was added to his compilation album, The First Three Years. The cover art and title of which are inspired by Black Flag's The First Four Years.
The EP is still in print both in its original form (a 7" vinyl EP), as a 5" CD single, and as part of the anthology The First Four Years. It was also available at times as a 3" CD single, a 10" colored vinyl EP, and as part of the various artists compilation of SST singles, The 7 Inch Wonders of the World.
All songs written and composed by Greg Ginn, except where noted.
Side A No. Title Length 1. "Nervous Breakdown" 2:07 2. "Fix Me" 0:55 Side B No. Title Length 1. "I've Had It" 1:20 2. "Wasted" (Ginn, Keith Morris) 0:51Total length: 5:13
- David Tarling – recording engineer, producer
- Spot – recording engineer, mix engineer
- Raymond Pettibon – artwork
- ^ Allmusic review
- ^ a b Michael Azzerad, Our Band Could Be Your Life, Little Brown, 2001
- ^ a b c Spot with Chuck Dukowski, Liner notes of Everything Went Black, SST Records, 1983
- ^ a b (1983) Album notes for The First Four Years by Black Flag [CD liner]. Lawndale, California: SST Records (SST CD 021).
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