My War
Black Flag - My War
Studio album by Black Flag
Released March 1984
Recorded December 1983
Genre Hardcore punk, heavy metal
Length 40:24
Label SST
Producer Greg Ginn, Spot, Bill Stevenson
Black Flag chronology
The First Four Years
My War
Family Man

My War is the second full length album by the American hardcore punk band Black Flag. It was released in 1984 on SST Records.

Black Flag's founder and primary songwriter Greg Ginn played bass guitar in addition to his usual guitar; "Dale Nixon" (credited for playing bass on the album) is a pseudonym.

My War was released after a long period where the band could not release any albums due to a legal dispute with Unicorn Records.

The first six songs on the a-side of My War are similar to the material on 1981's Damaged, but the three songs on the b-side proved that Black Flag was moving away from the band's early, fast-paced material. All songs on side B are played at about half the pace of the band's earlier material, each clocking in at over six minutes, and display a doomy, ominous sound indebted to Black Sabbath. My War is generally cited as being a major influence on many bands in the sludge metal and grunge genres. Two of the songs featured on the album are solely written by Chuck Dukowski ("My War" and "I Love You") though he was no longer a member of the band by this point and does not perform on the album.

Kurt Cobain listed it in his top fifty albums of all time.[1][2]

The song 'My War' was featured in the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V.[3]


The album's artwork was illustrated by Raymond Pettibon as with all Black Flag's artwork. Contrary to the belief of depicting Adolf Hitler being punched in the face with a boxing glove, it actually depicts a hand puppet clutching a kitchen knife. The small tie is meant to imply this.

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "My War"  Chuck Dukowski 3:46
2. "Can't Decide"  Greg Ginn 5:22
3. "Beat My Head Against the Wall"  Ginn 2:34
4. "I Love You"  Dukowski 3:27
5. "Forever Time"  Greg, Henry Rollins 2:30
6. "The Swinging Man"  Greg, Rollins 3:04
7. "Nothing Left Inside"  Greg, Rollins 6:44
8. "Three Nights"  Greg, Rollins 6:03
9. "Scream"  Ginn 6:52
Total length:


Charts Edit

Chart (1984) Peak
UK Indie Chart[4] 5


  1. Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]. Retrieved on May 8, 2013.
  2. Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4.
  3. ref
  4. Lazell, Barry (1997). Indie Hits 1980-1989. Cherry Red Books. Retrieved September 5, 2014.

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