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Put on your stompers and flip your wig — 2021 is here!



Swiss fashion around the late 1930s, early 1940s.

4 January 2021 — What exactly does flip your wig mean, you ask? Basically, it describes a reaction to something, good or bad, usually with strong emotion — or, to suddenly lose control of oneself, either in anger or excitement. The phrase was common in the 1940s and 50s, and it appears that history is repeating itself. Just consider how much we are hearing about the poor lost generation and the creative suppression that everyone has been feeling. In fact, we should be preparing ourselves for the New Roaring Twenties, the incoming decade of creative prosperity and craziness.

Flip Your Wig is also the name of the fourth album by the American band Hüsker Dü, which was released in September 1985. Without Hüsker Dü we would not have had bands like Nirvana or Pixies.

Hüsker Dü are true underdogs who are to this day totally underrated. The Pixies once posted an ad that read: “Band seeks bassist into Hüsker Dü and Peter, Paul & Mary.” Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic once admitted, “What we did was nothing new, Hüsker Dü did it before us.”

Flip Your Wig was Hüsker Dü’s first self-produced album. Guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart each wrote about half of the songs, including The Baby Song, a tribute to Grant’s newborn child — very appropriate to ring in the new year! Bring in the flappers!

> The Roaring Twenties
> The Baby Song
> Grant Hart
> Hüsker Dü live in San Francisco (1985)
> Hüsker Dü documentary