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Wipers’ ‘Is This Real?’ at 40: Greg Sage Reflects on a Northwest Punk Landmark

Wipers’ ‘Is This Real?’ at 40: Greg Sage Reflects on a Northwest Punk Landmark

Portland punk trio the Wipers played their first hometown gig, opening for a couple of New Wave-y California groups, in 1978. Fifteen-year-old Jerry Lang, a recent Portland transplant, was in the audience, and when the Wipers took the stage, he wasn’t sure what to make of them. “They weren’t really fashionable, as far as punk goes,” Lang remembers. “They weren’t dressed in the punk uniforms — spiky hair or safety pins — so the crowd wasn’t too crazy about them.” But when they kicked into their captivatingly gnarly originals,

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