V/A: Fourteen Songs for Greg Sage and the Wipers

September 6, 2006

Tim Kerr Records

Keeping with the Portland beat for a bit more…
The Wipers were one of Portland’s best bands, period.
If you don’t believe me, go buy any of their P-Town recorded output (everything up to Land of the Lost, if i’m not mistaken), and give it a spin. Actually, any of Sage’s records are worthy of multiple spins, but for the academic spiel I’m layin’ on you, the first four will suffice. Can’t find any? Slobodan at Only In It For The Music has got you covered here, here and here. Snap ’em up and give it a listen, Pete.

In 1993 Tim Kerr Records put out a tribute album (and aren’t we sick to death of those yet?) dedicated to Greg Sage’s songwriting – both in the Wipers and in his solo records. Almost every act on the disc (it was formerly issued as a boxed set of 7″ records) is from Portland (Poison Idea, Napalm Beach, Dharma Bums, Hazel, etc.) or is a Portland Alumni or neighbor (Nirvana, Hole). As with most tribute albums, some play ’em straight, while others choose to reinterpret them in a unique manner. The Whirlies turn the repetitive grind of Land of the Lost into a galloping, funky death-knell and Crackerbash plays a medley of sorts. The big pull will be Nirvana’s take on Return of the Rat, which is available elsewhere and suffers from being by Nirvana.
Fellow P-Towners Poison Idea’s take on Up Front is a scorcher.

Sage cut quite a figure, scene-wise, whilst he was here (he’s relocated to Arizona). He was often at other band’s shows when not performing, looking like a gaunt zombie without really trying. I once ran into him at Sandy Barr’s Flea Market (in the Portland Wrestling Arena) and was too stupid to say anything more than that I really liked his music. I always got the impression that his local fame made him uncomfortable.
It’s good to see that his post-Northwest output is still really good.

Get it now



  1. THANKS A GREAT FUCKING LOTS OF THANKS! Been looking for this!

    Cheers kid.

  2. Thanks for The great Wipers posts, Slobo!

  3. want that too
    good post and enjoying that gonna be easy!!

  4. No problem, aim to please.

    But hey, I saw on the Wipers website that there are several official live records (or at least 3 of them). And that they are now out of print and sold out (= ok for socalled “fair use” sharing IMO).

    I would walk 10 miles to get hold of them. If anyone would be so darn kind and upload them…omg!

    Also looking for any other Wipers studio records except Greg Sage 1st solo (see Twilightzone blog), first 3 Lps / Boxset (see my blog), Silversail and Circle (see Twilight or Funhouse blog).

  5. the link isn’t working, can you repost?????

  6. Name: Wipers – Better Off Dead 7″, Trap Records 1978.rar
    Size: 7MB


  7. Slobodan: I will look around and see what I can find. In the meantime, I have a copy of Sage’s Sacrifice for Love, which he put out in 1991. I will post it later.
    Anonymous: I just tested the link, and it works OK. Maybe it’s one of those annoying Rapidshare things. Sorry.
    Evil Doer: Thanks so much! I didn’t have that one!

  8. THANKS FOR THE G.S 2nd SOLO. Also thanks for that other Wipers up-up!

  9. Can we get a re-up of this?!

    I just heard the Thurston Moore version and would love to hear the rest.


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