Geeta Dayal is very disappointed by the new Black Flag album and explains why in an essay that was posted at The Guardian today.
The piece begins:
In the early 1980s, Black Flag were one of the best bands in the world. Black Flag weren’t just a band – they were an art project, a movement, an ethos, a way of being. But Black Flag are no longer Black Flag. The storied hardcore punk group are now just a bitter parody. What the … is its first full-length album since the band’s break-up in 1986. Everything about it, from the lame album cover art to the pro forma lyrics to the generic riffs, screams of desperation.
Black Flag founder Greg Ginn can’t prevent former bandmates including onetime frontmen Keith Morris and Henry Rollins from using the group’s distinctive four black bars logo, as well as its name, according to a story in Rolling Stone.
On Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2013), a U.S. District Court judge in California denied Ginn’s motion for a preliminary injunction against his former bandmates, Rolling Stone reports.
According to the legal order, the Black Flag guitarist didn’t prove sufficiently that he owned the name or logo. Defendants had submitted evidence before the judge that showed that the name and logo had fallen into “generic use,” Rolling Stone reports.