Wipers – Is This Real?

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  1. Return of the Rat: πŸ‘πŸ»
  2. Mystery: πŸ‘πŸ»
  3. Up Front: πŸ‘πŸ»
  4. Let’s Go Away: πŸ‘πŸ»
  5. Is This Real?: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  6. Tragedy: πŸ‘πŸ»
  7. Alien Boy: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  8. D-7: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  9. Potential Suicide: πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ
  10. Don’t Know What I Am: πŸ‘πŸ»
  11. Window Shop for Love: πŸ‘πŸ»
  12. Wait a Minute: πŸ‘πŸ»

Given how obsessed I was with Green Day in my early teens, you’d think I’d have gotten into real punk more than I did, but it just didn’t happen. When Green Day stopped being cool in my middle school, I jumped even farther back and got lost in the classic rock section. Because of this I had never even heard of Wipers, until 4 days ago when DustinΒ recommended I listen to Is This Real? via the Suggest an Album form.

Reading their Wikipedia pageΒ I learned they influenced Nirvana, and you can definitely hear it towards the end of the album (D-7 and Potential Suicide were most obvious to me). I also heard a lot of what I assume were the bands that influenced them: Devo, The Ramones, and even a little of The Clash came through near the beginning.

I’m really glad to have been exposed to this album. Another one I’m sure I’d never have found on my own and without this project. This is only the second album so far that I went into completely blind, and unlike Butch WalkerΒ I enjoyed it a lot, although it did drag a little in the middle third.

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