Suicide Vinyl, CD & tapes by Suicide at Norman Records
Suicide were a purring machine running on nothing more than broken synthesizers, primitive drum machines, lyric detailing the lives of those on the edge, and on-stage violence. An angry, scuzzy, aggressive outfit born of New York's mean streets, their early shows often ended in full-scale riots complete with people throwing boots, coins, and even an axe. Although the deck was stacked against them, Suicide managed to create one of the most perfect records ever made in the form of their self-titled debut album Suicide, a blueprint for proto-punk, punk, industrial music, noise, techno, and gabba (with the proverbial list going on and on).
As if they weren't content to have influenced huge swathes of the musical landscape, their later work influenced dream pop and indie with its gossamer-light arrangements and breathy vocals. Their stand-alone single 'Dream Baby Dream' is simply one of the most perfect songs ever written. They even dipped their feet in the warm waters of disco on their second album, the appropriately named Suicide: Alan Vega and Martin Rev. The re-mastered debut album (found here) proves their legacy is as solid as ever.
If you need anymore persuading about how influential this band are, just look at the people who have listed them as an influence. It's a list which reads like the Devil's Rock 'n' Roll hall of fame. Artists like Swans, Nick Cave, and Massive Attack are just a small sample of those who expressed love for that strange little band who imbibed the grit and grime of New York and spat it out again.