Is This Real? is the debut studio album by the Portland, Oregon-based punk rock band Wipers, originally released on vinyl in January 1980 by Park Avenue Records.
Released in 1980, Is This Real is the first studio album by Wipers. Originally released on vinyl by Park Avenue Records, the album was later rereleased in 1993 on CD by Sub Pop. In 2001, Greg Sage remastered the album and reissued it on his own label, Zeno. Is This Real would be remastered and reissued one last time (maybe) by Jackpot Records in 2006. Sage originally wanted to release the album himself, but the band decided to go with Park Avenue in the hopes they would provide wider distribution
Is This Real? (LP, Album). Is This Real? (CD, Album, RE). Weird System.
Listen free to Wipers – Is This Real? (Return of the Rat, Mystery and more). Is This Real? was first released in 1980, re issued in 1993 and 2001. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.
Even though Sage is from Oregon, he sings in a New York-style slur not dissimilar to Joey Ramone. Throughout the album, there is a very dark and ominous feel to the material (. "D-7"), but it's made interesting on tracks like "Alien Boy," which changes from 4/4 time to 2/4 time. Sage also has a unique guitar style where he strums chords and lets them sustain into feedback, which creates rich textures in the songs (. "Potential Suicide" and "Don't Know What I Am").
Band's List Punk-Rock Wipers Is This Real ? Lyrics. 4. Let's Go Let's Go Away. 5. Is This Real? 2:41.
The Wipers were different from punk bands of the time, they were dark and had their own unique sound. Greg's guitar didn't blast out distortion from all levels, he contained it and thus recordings sounded more like a DIY demo that a band full of teenagers would put out. However this is higher quality than what a bunch of brainless teens could put out. The mix of the album is simple and this is the sound that inspired so many punk bands out there today (including Nirvana, you can hear the Wipers influence straight through them). D-7 is also the highlight of the album Is This Real", as soon as the song starts, the mood is eerie and dark until halfway through it turns frantic and helpless. Greg uses such passion in his singing and the guitar playing is totally unique for the time. The riff is simple but lays the ground for the entire composition and is a perfect piece for any beginning band that has any passion.
Features Song Lyrics for Wipers's Is This Real? album. Wipers - Is This Real? Album Lyrics.
track 5 is this real. on Feb 18, 2011 by Jackpot Records. Wipers - Is This Real? LP. on Jan 15, 2014 by sweetbabyjaysus. Wipers /Is This Real (in reverse).
|1||Return Of The Rat||2:37|
|4||Let's Go Let's Go Away||1:47|
|5||Is This Real?||2:37|
|10||Don't Know What I Am||2:57|
|11||Window Shop For Love||2:57|
|12||Wait A Minute||3:02|
|13||Image Of Man||2:30|
|15||Voices In The Rain||1:22|
- Distributed By – EFA Medien GmbH – CD 06574 26
- Distributed By – Weird System
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Park Avenue Records
- Copyright (c) – Park Avenue Records
- Recorded At – Sound Smiths
- Published By – Trap Publishing
- Artwork [Art Production] – Mark Helm
- Bass – Dave Koupal
- Design [Cover Design] – M. X. King*
- Drums – Sam Henry
- Engineer [Uncredited] – Tom Robinson (tracks: 13 to 15)
- Engineer, Mixed By – Bob Stoutenburg* (tracks: 1 to 12), Greg Sage
- Guitar, Vocals – Greg Sage
- Lyrics By, Music By – Greg Sage
- Producer – Greg Sage (tracks: 1 to 12)
- Recorded By [Studio] – Recording Associates
- Sleeve [Inner Sleeve] – Jay Elliot
Notes[On inner sleeve:]:
All titles © (Trap Publishing)
Tracks 13-15 NOT included on black vinyl version of this album but taken from Alien Boy; line-up as on 'Is This Real?' LP; recorded at Sound Smiths.
THIS COMPANY DISC IS MANUFACTURED FROM ORIGINAL U.S. MASTER RECORDINGS
[On back sleeve:]
℗ + © 1980
All rights reserved
℗ + © Park Ave.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout: CDP DIGIP EFA 006574 A
- Rights Society: GEMA
- Label Code: LC 9079
- SPARS Code: AAD
|P.A. 82801||Wipers||Is This Real? (LP, Album)||Park Avenue Records||P.A. 82801||US||1979|
|PSYCHO 22||Wipers||Is This Real? (LP, Album, Unofficial, Red)||Psycho Records||PSYCHO 22||Unknown|
|SPCD 82/253||Wipers||Is This Real? (CD, Album)||Sub Pop, Park Avenue Records||SPCD 82/253||Germany||1993|
|SRCS 6918||Wipers||Is This Real? (CD, Album, RE)||Sony Records||SRCS 6918||Japan||1993|
|PSYCHO 22||Wipers||Is This Real? (LP, Album, Unofficial)||Psycho Records||PSYCHO 22||Unknown|