Sunday, March 14, 2021

March 14th, 2021 - Rig To Flip Your Candy Apple Grey Wig


Hello and happy Sunday rockers, rollers, and hop lovers!  The Meista here getting the day started off right with a kick-ass brew and rockin' album... Fisher Brewing Company's Rig to Flip West Coast-style IPA and Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig / Candy Apple Grey"!

Album Info: 

  • Artist: Hüsker Dü
  • Title: "Flip Your Wig / Candy Apple Grey"
  • Recorded: March through June 1985 and October 1985 through January 1986 at Nicollet Studios in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Release date: September 1985 and March 1986 (4th and 5th studio albums by Hüsker Dü... later released together as a double album)
  • Record company: SST / Warner Bros.
  • Production: Bob Mould and Grant Hart
  • Album cover art: Fake Name Communications (design), Bruce A. Christianson (photography), and Daniel Corrigan (photography) 
  • Personnel: Grant Hart (drums, lead and background vocals, vibraphone, slide whistle, and percussion), Bob Mould (guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, lead and background vocals, and percussion), and Greg Norton (bass guitar)
  • Musical style: Punk rock, post punk, alternative rock, power pop, art rock
  • Sound: Drawing from their punk roots as well as classic pop rock sensibility and an emphasis on melody, Hüsker Dü's sound on these two albums helped define what would later be called "alternative rock" or "college rock".  It is fast, up-beat, and smart with loose riffs and catchy harmonies and melodies.
  • Major themes: Life, rebellion, anger, introspection, the human condition, isolation, truth, seeking knowledge, etc.

  • Tracks:  
Disc 1: "Flip Your Wig" 
  1. "Flip Your Wig"
  2. "Every Everything"
  3. Makes No Sense At All"
  4. "Hate Paper Doll"
  5. "Green Eyes"
  6. "Divide And Conquer"
  7. "Games"
  8. "Find Me"
  9. "The Baby Song"
  10. "Flexible Flyer"
  11. "Private Plane"
  12. "Keep Hanging On"
  13. "The Wit And The Wisdom"
  14. "Don't Know Yet"

Disc 2: "Candy Apple Grey"

  1. "Crystal"
  2. "Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely"
  3. "I Don't Know For Sure"
  4. "Sorry Somehow"
  5. "Too Far Down"
  6. "Hardly Getting Over It"
  7. "Dead Set On Destruction"
  8. "Eiffel Tower High"
  9. "No Promise Have I Made"
  10. "All This I've Done For You"

Brew Info:

  • Brewery: Fisher Brewing Company (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Website: 
  • Brew: Rig To Flip West Coast-style IPA 
  • Style: American India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Serving: 16 ounce can
  • ABV: 7.5%
  • Ingredients: Amarillo, Centennial, Mosaic, and Simcoe hops 
  • Pour: The Rig To Flip pours a slightly hazy, dark copper-amber with a frothy and billowy, off-white, 2-finger head with great retention and lots of intricate sudsy lacing.
  • Nose: The nose is dank, earthy, herbal, citrusy, and malty.  There are aromas of grapefruit rind, orange peel, wet pine needles, cedar, light onion, fresh herbs, and soft caramel.
  • Taste: The taste follows the nose... big earthy, piney, dank, and malty flavors.  There are notes of  grapefruit, orange peel and pith, black tea, pine resin, light onion, crackery biscuit, sweet caramel/toffee, and some spicy pepper in the finish.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very crisp, yet smooth with a dry, somewhat bitter, peppery finish.

Overall pairing: 
I put together this particular pairing of Fisher's 
Rig To Flip and Hüsker Dü's "Flip Your Wig / Candy Apple Grey" combo album because they both are big on interesting flavors and notes with a nice punch!  Both the beer and the music highlight artisans at the top of their games!  'Nuff said!


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