Black Flag “Nervous Breakdown” (Punk/Hardcore) [7″/Review]


You can’t underestimate the importance that this 7″ have had on the Hardcore scene. Recorded at Media Art Studio early 1978 and released in February 1979 on the SST Records in a first edition of 2000 copies. it blew the head of the “hipster punk rockers” that really wasn’t prepared for the fury. It was originally recorded under the band name Panic, and was supposed to be released on Bomp! but during the 18 months between recording and until it was finally released the band changed their name to Black Flag. As I said the first edition was released in 2000 copies and to this day it have been released in 17 different versions on 7″ and 3 different versions on 10″.


Listen to the whole EP on YouTube here (Please report dead links)

Side A:
Nervous Breakdown 2:05
Side B:
Fix Me 0:55
I’ve Had It 1:20
Wasted 0:51

The label SST Records was launched by Black Flag member Greg Ginn in 1978 in Long Beach, California. Ginn converted it from an electronics company to a record label just so he could release this EP, instead of waiting for the other labels to make up their minds. The label became a major player in the L.A. punk scene around 1980/81, releasing more albums by Black Flag, as well as others such as the Descendents, Minuteman, Husker Du and the now legendary compilations LP “Rodney on the ROQ Vol.2”. The label is still going so strong so check them out here.

This 7″ meant a lot to me personally when I grow up. I was floored by the opening lines on the title track, “I’m about, to have a nervous breakdown, My head really hurts, if I don’t find a way out of here”. Growing up in the suburbs as a teenager, you started to question everything and boredom was always there. So to me it was an anthem for my need to get out of suburban hell. By today’s standards it’s not that “hard/fast”, but imagine in 1979.

The line-up on this recording was :
Keith Morris (Vocals)
Gregory Ginn (Guitar)
Gary McDaniel (Bass)
Robo (Drums)

“Nervous Breakdown”
I’m about
To have a nervous breakdown
My head really hurts
If I don’t find a way out of hereI’m gonna go berserk ’cause
I’m crazy and I’m hurt
Head on my shoulders
It’s going berserk I hear the same old talk talk talkThe same old lines
Don’t do me that today,
yeah If you know what’s good for you
You’ll get out of my way’Cause I’m crazy and I’m hurt
Head on my shoulders
Going berserk
I won’t apologizeFor acting outta line
You see the way I am
You leave…