Song #18: D. Smith – “Flip Your Wig”

September 7, 2020

Song #18: D. Smith – “Flip Your Wig”

For a while when I was in high school, I lived in a small town called Wesley Hills, in Rockland County, New York. The house we lived in had a tall deck in the backyard, and I had a lot of time to myself – my mother was a teacher and worked a second job, and I’d catch a ride home after school from a friend, and usually beat her by a couple hours. I’d spend that time sneaking cigarettes, blasting music, and laying out in the sun, on the deck.

It was 1986, and I’d discovered the album Flip Your Wig, bu Husker Du, and it changed my life. Before that, I was all metal and prog rock, along with whatever commercial rock was on the radio. I’d started to discover some less mainstream sounds, and a friend of mine loaned me Flip Your Wig along with Let it Be, by The Replacements. The two albums are intertwined in my psyche, and always will be.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be a crispy old guy with wrinkled, dry, brown skin, because for weeks my junior year, I’d get home from school, grab a stick of fucking butter, smear it all over my body, and then lie out in the sun, listening to Flip Your Wig. I used to think I smelled like the movies, I used to think the butter would help me get more tan, and there’s no explaining the shit we do when we’re in high school.

So years ago, I asked Dan to cover “Flip Your Wig,” thinking he’d do a faithful cover. Instead, he gave me this. It’s today’s song. We made it available back in June of 2014 as a streaming track only. Listen to it today, and I’ll add to yesterday’s donation to Citizen Action of New York (first organization we’ve done twice, I think).

~ by Al on September 8, 2020.

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