Discovering bands like The Wipers was one of the great things about being a Nirvana fan growing up. It was never long before you would read a Kurt interview with him name dropping a band you had never heard of. Of all the so called underground bands that he mentioned none was as mighty as The Wipers. As underground as they came. Hermetically sealed in their own world, playing by no other rules but their own (how many times have you heard that? haha). The original plan was to record 15 albums in 10 years without touring or promotion. Avoiding all press, interviews, pictures and even shows. Clearly chief Wiper, Greg Sage. had a unique vision about how to present his work to the world. They managed 9 album over 20 years or so. Whether or not they manage to create this vision they certainly did achieve the ultimate goal of creating a lasting mystique around the band. The band was barely known outside of their hometown of Portland. Even when they gained significant exposure when Nirvana paid tribute and covered 2 of their songs, ‘Year Of The Rat’ and ‘D7’ they stayed true to their vision, even turning down to opportunity to support Nirvana. The Wiper Box Set is the best place to start which includes their first 3 albums. All of which are different and yet still the Wipers. I often wonder how many bands go completely unnoticed, either by bad luck and via will to be obscure, that are simply great bands? If Nirvana hadn’t of covered the Wipers, would the passage of time convened to create their own little footnote somewhere, somehow??