Flipper is a punk band formed in San Francisco, California in 1979, continuing in often erratic fashion until the mid-1990s, then reuniting in 2005. The band influenced a number of grunge, punk rock and noise rock bands. Their slowed-down, bass-driven, and heavily distorted style of punk is also considered a key forerunner to sludge metal and bands such as The Melvins. Flipper was founded from former members of the Sleepers and Negative Trend. Founding member and original vocalist Ricky Williams, who is credited for naming the band, was fired from the band before any recordings. Bruce Loose and Will Shatter then went on to frequently swap vocal and bass duties, both holding a bass onstage. Vietnam war veteran Ted Falconi played a uniquely distorted style of guitar, and Steve DePace played drums. Flipper made their first recordings available in late 1979 via the SF Underground 7" compilation series released through the newly-formed Subterranean Records. In 1981, a 7" comprising "Love Canal/Ha Ha Ha" followed. The original lineup released their first full albums on Subterranean, 1982's the now classic punk-rock album Generic Flipper.


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