Everything on Flip Your Wig is cleaner and brighter than on its two immediate predecessors, which is appropriate, considering that Bob Mould and Grant Hart have only increased their debt to '60s pop. The hooks and melodies are on the surface, right from the kick-start call-and-response of the title track. Flip Your Wig is pop played as punk, as if this is the only time these songs could ever be heard.
Heard a history myth?
It was the band's first self-produced album. It was the best-selling album to that point for the band's label SST Records , and the last album they made for that label. The band spent months in the studio to achieve higher-quality production for the album's melodic power pop songs. Guitarist Bob Mould and drummer Grant Hart each wrote roughly half the songs,  which continued the band's trend toward power pop and away from the fast, noisy hardcore punk of their earliest material. Liner notes adapted from at the album sleeve.