The Wipers were a Portland, Oregon punk band formed in 1977. By 1981's "Youth of America," they had evolved their style from short, sharp punk numbers to longer, more complex, intense, and psychedelic-tinged jams. The title track of "Youth of America" clocks in at more than ten minutes. And it's worth every fucking second. Nirvana's Kurt Cobain cited The Wipers as one of his favorite bands.
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