Laying down the groundwork for what would become one of the most visceral bands of all time, Nervous Breakdown
was the first release from Los Angeles' Black Flag
. While it is certainly more "punk" than their later work (singer Keith Morris
sounds like a graduate from the Johnny Rotten
school of diction, and Greg Ginn
's guitar work is less modal), all the songs have the basic elements of what made Black Flag
special: rage, anger, intensity, cynicism. Most definitely the blueprint for what would be termed L.A. hardcore, Nervous Breakdown
is one of the quintessential releases in the history of American punk/independent music.