“I really regret not having got into the great Flip-Tops until I heard about their sophomore realese just out on Bachelor, The Flip-Tops Are Still a Band. If you like bands like The Hi-Fives and The Lids, you’ll absolutely love their 2002 LP All Worked Up. Now they’re back, and the new set of 11 tracks still rips through enough hooks to stay on the right side of punk crudeness. “Lock Me Up” is a new contemporary classic and almost as good is “Retard Love”, streaming below. The Flip-Tops bass player Sarah Epstein is also in the more widely acclaimed group The Hunches and some of the others previously played in Jetpack, whom I have yet to hear.”
Record Turnover blog
“Bachelor) This full-length 12” LP spins at 45rpm and feels like it’s 45 seconds long as there’s nothing that breezes by more quickly and smoothly than pounding, bitter, nasty punky pop junk rock with bug dumb hooks and don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. The amazing tune “Boyfriend Street” would be the best song ever to play to get over my ex-boyfriend. If I was gay. Which I’m not. Why, what have you heard?”
“The Flip-Tops "Are Still A Band" lp
They're still around thirteen years later. I have to admit that I didn't quite remember what this band sounded like after not hearing anything but their Rip Off Records debut way back when. The feature members of the Minds, who were one of the best live bands I've seen. It's sugary slightly power popish punk that's not wimpy, with tough guitars that'll make you want to smash stuff. Slap a tape of this in a boom box and head to the beach with a 40 ouncer and bag of glue. You get the idea. Fans of the Exploding Hearts, Minds, and some Rip Off Records bands will dig this. The Back claims that this record is guaranteed to get you laid (!) So how can you go wrong? (RO)”
Maximum Rock n Roll
“GLORYHOLES/ FLIP TOPS:
Gloryholes: Snotty sounding “whoo yeah!” rock with tambourine. Flip Tops: I like these tracks much more than I liked their full-length on Rip-Off, which I liked quite a bit. Everything just sounds like it’s come together so much tighter and fits together better now. Dirty rock’n’roll with a garage-y feel. Well worth picking up.
–Megan Pants (Johnny Cat)”
“Flip Tops/Yokohama Hooks 7"
I had thought the Flip Tops were defunct along with the other 95% of the Rip Off roster, but here they are with some new vinyl. I didn't mind their LP so much, but they were a band I thought sat better with the listener in small doses. Their high energy garage trash was fun for a couple songs but became redundant over the course of a full length. And they prove my theory correct here, with "Sick Dirty Mind" blasting the doors right off the garage and then simmering to a mid-tempo on "Medication". Good enough that I spun the first tune a couple times before I flipped it in a pique of Rip Off nostalgia. You could do a lot worse frontman-wise than Joel Jett. He has the pipes to get a tune over by himself if need be and was certainly created of the mold that is perfect for this type of punk fuck. And I'm glad to see him doing this stuff instead of The Minds.”
“FLIP TOPS / YOKOHAMA HOOKS:
Flip Tops: Ever been in a car that was once a prime hot rod, but when you’re in it, the brakes are shot, there are cigarette burns in the headliner, there’s a crack the length of the windshield, the tape deck only works when a matchbook is shoved on top of a tape, and its driver is almost always drunk and/or stoned? The Flip Tops remind me of that. If total care was taken, they could be owners of a cherry ride shown off during the weekend to impress fellow dentists and chrome enthusiasts. The Flip Tops hop the curb to 7-11, do donuts in neighbors’ lawns, and have everything held together with bailing wire and duct tape. ‘Tis, I believe, the way punk rock should be played. By miscreants barely holding their shit together, rumbling through a world of “misused” potential.
“As any band who tours knows Portland Oregon is used as a place to take a piss and get a burger before they head off to a better gig somewheres else. So now THE FLIP TOPS will make you actually want to stop and play there! THE FLIP TOPS (featuring members from JETPACK) just don't play, the preach the punk to you. The singer, Joel, sounds like a punk rock preacher with his raspy vocals laced over the drum driven beat that is a unique FLIP TOPS sound. Listen to the screaming vocals in "I'm Electrified" or the insta-classic "I'm Gonna Beat You Up", and you will be converted to the church of THE FLIP TOPS just like Rip Off Records has been (yes Joel, Rip Off Records will kill and put X's on their foreheads).”
Rip Off Records
“FLIP TOPS/ TRIGGERS:
Man, this is a good split. Flip Tops sound like Supercharger meets the Dwarves meets the Motards. Both tracks (and the two on their split with the Gloryholes) seem to show the Flip Tops maturing as a band from their full-length released late last year. Everything works so well now. The Triggers are so damn good. Female-fronted, no-nonsense punk’n’roll.
–Megan Pants (Johnny Cat)