Friday, May 25, 2012

#446- Suicide

Suicide - Suicide


Suicide (First Album)

Suicide is the influential first studio album by American No Wave band Suicide, released in 1977. It is often cited as one of the first synth pop albums, although it has a harsher, more industrial leaning than many well-known albums of the genre. In 2003, the album was ranked number 446 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

"Frankie Teardrop" is one of the songs featured in Nick Hornby's 2002 book 31 Songs, and appears in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's 1978 film In a Year of 13 Moons. "Cheree" is featured in the closing scene of Downtown 81 with artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. "Girl" briefly appears in Nick Zedd's 1979 film They Eat Scum. "Ghost Rider" was featured on the soundtrack of the 2006 video game Driver: Parallel Lines and also appears on True Crime: New York City.

"Ghost Rider" has been covered by R.E.M., The Horrors, The Gories, Rollins Band, The Sisters of Mercy, Merzbow, Soft Cell and The Young Gods, and was featured in a Brazilian deodorant commercial in 2005. It was also sampled by M.I.A. for her 2010 single, Born Free. "Rocket USA" has been covered by The Fleshtones, Loop and The Cars on their reunion album, Move Like This.

In September 2009 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. It was played again in London in May 2010 when the band supported The Stooges performances of Raw Power.
1. "Ghost Rider" 2:33
2. "Rocket U.S.A" 4:17
3. "Cheree" 3:41
4. "Johnny" 2:10
5. "Girl" 4:06
6. "Frankie Teardrop" 10:26
7. "Che" 4:51

1. "Mr. Ray" 6:29
2. "Las Vegas Man" 4:23
3. "96 Tears" 3:48
4. "Keep Your Dreams" 3:19
5. "I Remember" 5:11
6. "Harlem" 4:05
7. "23 Minutes Over Brussels 22:56

* The first six tracks on the bonus disc are from a live performance at CBGB on May 25, 1978. "23 Minutes Over Brussels" is an infamous live show on June 16, 1978 at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels, Belgium, that ended with the band being booed off the stage. In response to this, Elvis Costello, for whom Suicide was opening, played a very short, angry set, which incited a riot (this story is told in the liner notes).

* Alan Vega - vocals
* Martin Rev - keyboards, drum machine

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