Is Wild Flag A Supergroup?

The word “supergroup” gets tossed around a little too often for my taste.  It is supposed to refer to a group of great musicians who are famous in their own right that get together to make music.  You need examples?  The best one I can think of is Cream.  Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker were elite musicians, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame contenders, before they recorded their first song together.  Not a Cream fan?  Ok, indie geek.  How about Jim James, Connor Oberst, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis when they perform as Monsters of Folk?  Huge names.

Those are supergroups.  The problem we run in to is that supergroup is now such a common term, there are even TV shows that are dedicated to the idea.  Any time a couple of guys who used to be in bands form a new band it gets called a supergroup.  Bands come and go.  If you want the title of supergroup then you need to be something special.  The worst part of Creed and some guy does not a supergroup make.

So by some people’s definition Wild Flag would be considered a supergroup, I guess. Made up of members Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney and probably more notably as Fred Armisen’s foil in hipster bashing IFC sketch show Portlandia), Janet Weis (Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Bright Eyes), Mary Timony (some band called Autoclave), and Rebecca Cole (the Minders) its a regular riot grrrl love in.  Whether or not the lineup is worthy of the title is up for debate, what is not up for debate is their debut is fantastic. Maybe it’s time we stop arguing semantics.

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