The album marks a distinctive change in the band's sound. Compared to its predecessor Is This Real?, which was composed mostly of raw, sleek and relatively traditional songs, Youth of America features much longer and complex compositions; the title track alone clocks in at over 10 minutes. According to Greg Sage, this change of pace was a deliberate counter-reaction against the trend of releasing short songs, which many punk bands did at the time.
The album was, according to Sage, not well received in the United States at the time of its release, though it did fare better in Europe.
All songs written by Greg Sage.
- A1. "Taking Too Long"
- A2. "Can This Be"
- A3. "Pushing the Extreme"
- A4. "When It's Over"
- B1. "No Fair"
- B2. "Youth of America"
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Along with other records by the Wipers, Youth of America has since come to be acknowledged as an important album in the development of American underground and independent rock movements of the early 80s.
Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth has cited the album as an inspiration, and covered the track "Pushing the Extreme" with Keith Nealy for the Wipers tribute album Fourteen Songs for Greg Sage and The Wipers.
Youth of America was later reissued on record labels Backbone and Restless, with different covers for each. It has since been reissued on Greg Sage's own Zeno Records as disc two of the Wipers Box Set, albeit with a different running order to the original vinyl issue.