Wipers – Over The Edge (LP)
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Wipers was a punk rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1977 by guitarist Greg Sage, along with drummer Sam Henry and bassist Dave Koupal. The group’s tight song structure and use of heavy distortion were hailed as extremely influential by numerous critics and musicians. The band is considered the first Pacific Northwest punk band. Wipers gained significant exposure as a result of Nirvana’s 1992 covers of two songs (“D-7” and “Return of the Rat”), and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s mention of Wipers as a major influence. The Wipers were influential for the grunge music scene in general, also being cited by the Melvins, Mudhoney and Dinosaur Jr.. Over the Edge is their third studio album, released in 1983. The title track was covered by Hole, Mono Men, Bored!, Red Fang and several others. “Messenger” has been covered by Mazes.
While their debut LP provided the blueprint for grunge, and their second album recast the band as one of America’s premier postpunk bands, it’s Over The Edge that best exemplifies the Wipers’ sound. The jagged, effortless guitar lines, the paranoid lyrics and raw-throated vocals and the taut, unified rhythms that define their sound bleed together most clearly on this LP, and it stands as both the best entry point for new fans and the most prevalent favorite of diehards.