In an ongoing effort to better understand the many classic albums of Los Angeles, we've come upon an equation that gets to the heart of the matter without much thinking, analysis, verbiage or any of those other “old-model” music criticism techniques that have become obsolete. Specifically, wordle, the “word cloud” generating website that analyzes lyrics based on the frequency of word occurrences.

Last week we input the entirety of the Beach Boys' classic Pet Sounds into the software, and came up with a revealing glimpse at one of the most important albums of the 1960s.

This week we've moved into 1980s punk rock LA and tossed all the confusing, depressed, drunken, hardcore lyrics of Black Flag's Damaged into wordle. After the jump, see the entire fucked up word cloud.

LA Weekly