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The Wipers

  • Is This Real? [Park Ave., 1979] B+
  • The Best of the Wipers and Greg Sage [Restless, 1990] *

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Is This Real? [Park Ave., 1979]
Three guys from Portland (Oregon, but it might just as well be Maine) who caught on to punk unfashionably late and for that reason sound like they're still discovering something. Which hardly makes them unique--there are similar bands in dozens if not hundreds of American cities, many of whom send me records. What distinguishes this one is Greg Sage's hard-edged vocals--detached but never silly, passionate but never overwrought--and economical one-hook construction. B+

The Best of the Wipers and Greg Sage [Restless, 1990]
Gun Club Meets Suicide--Guitars Win ("Romeo," "Nothing Left To Lose") *

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New Wave [1980s]