The Black Flag stands tall and proud on the good ship HMS Alternative, leading the way in the culture and pushing forward through the rough seas of narrow minds and prejudice. Whilst we are always keen to endorse and offer our support wherever possible to new acts and artists – for they are the future – we are more than aware that to go forward, one must understand the past (that’s actually pretty profound. Take that Plato!). So it came to pass that The Black Flag introduce their new monthly (don’t hold us to that. We might be profound but that doesn’t mean we are organised) feature, Classic Corner.
Classic Corner is aimed at allowing us to review past greats – albums which have had an impact on the musical genre in which they inhabit. This will range from changing the very face of music to defining that era to changing the fortunes of the band or act and then some. Some will be Classics because…well, they just are. Certain albums are ingrained in people’s upbringing, they are undisputable in their greatness and stand the test of time. Admittedly these types of albums have been reviewed, written about and pored over since their release so finding something ‘new’ to write about them will be tricky. However, at best we will find a new angle to write about and bring a new audience to them and at worst we may just encourage you to go and dig the album out of your record collection and give it another spin.
Of course there will be those that feature at the other end of the Classic spectrum – those that might not be very well known or have their status as a classic is hotly disputed by those in the ‘know’ as they believe another album defines the band/act better. So to stop any backlash I shall say this now; the Classics are defined and chosen by me. It’s my opinion and I know it’s going to cause conjuncture amongst you, the loyal readers, but surely that’s the very nature of music?
The feature will be part album review, part historic evaluation and part general chat about the particular album. Whilst I have certain albums in mind please do feel free to suggest one or more to me. If sending a pigeon doesn’t work then use the following email address email@example.com and put ‘Classic Corner’ in the subject heading. I know, my names not Steve. Steve is Lord and Master of the Black Flag (best be nice!) so if he deems it a good enough suggestion then he’ll pass it onto me.
Well, that’s about the introduction done now I shall actually have to write one….bugger. Where is my Bon Jovi album….
Words: Brian McKay