Flip Your Wig
Another step away from hardcore punk, Flip Your Wig heads into decidedly pop-like territory. When the pop-centric approach works, it’s terrific; there are plenty of searing melodic Mould rockers, while Hart’s still contributing gems as well. This time though, the bad material’s becoming more irritating; Mould’s ugly repetitive ‘Hate Paper Doll’ and Hart’s bizarrely out of context vibraphone instrumental ‘The Baby Song’ are among the spotty material. The opening title track is among the group’s best songs, utilising the interplay between Mould’s growling and Hart’s boyish voice, a ploy they never explored elsewhere, and withholding the main chorus hook until late in the song. The other standout tracks are the mid-album run of songs from Hart’s ‘Green Eyes’ through Mould’s trio of ‘Divide and Conquer’, ‘Games’ and ‘Find Me’, which all maintain a moody and tuneful intensity. It’s the most inconsistent and least essential of their SST trio, but Flip Your Wig still has some great songs, and again it’s amazing that they could make an album of this quality so shortly after its predecessor. By this point the mainstream was beckoning, and Hüsker Dü made history by signing with a major, a rarity for an Indie band at the time.