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1 review | 19 people love this record: be the 20th! Lydia Lunch has taken one of my Suicide personal all time classics 'Frankie Teardrop' into new realms of darkness. Where the originals menace lay in it's simplicity, she opts for a much denser sound with lots of effects and takes it into nightmare territory. Building on the disturbing undertones of the original, Lunch drops the subtle approach for a full on disturbo dark wave version. Holding ... »

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Frankie Teardrop/ Frankie Teardrop by Lydia Lunch/ Suicide
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19 people love this record. Be the 20th!
9/10 Ant Staff review, 27 November 2008
Lydia Lunch has taken one of my Suicide personal all time classics 'Frankie Teardrop' into new realms of darkness. Where the originals menace lay in it's simplicity, she opts for a much denser sound with lots of effects and takes it into nightmare territory. Building on the disturbing undertones of the original, Lunch drops the subtle approach for a full on disturbo dark wave version. Holding this track sacred I was apprehensive to say the least at anyone even touching it. Of all the covers I've heard in this series so far this is probably my favourite. However...The real treat for Suicide fans is a 1976 demo version: "Frankie Teardrop, The Detective Meets The Space Alien' a 13:04min masterclass in hypnotic pulses, minimalism and repetition. The crude and primitive electronics excite me. After a short while the pulsing synths begin to sound like locusts, the kick drum like a racing heartbeat. The vibe: fear, paranoia... just waiting for something bad to happen. Vega's delivery on this version is brilliant and the alternative lyrics are well off the planet. His Elvis style crooning is at its finest and here he also restrains himself from the shocking outburst on the original. To think this recording is 32 years old and has lost none of its potency is mind blowing. It sounds like nothing else. I'd say if it wasn't for tracks like this there would probably be no Raster Noton, and no Sahko (who acknowledged Marin Rev's genius by releasing a solo album in 2000 on sub-label Puu). A seminal work that really laid the foundation for minimal electronica. As icy cold as the track is, the chilling tale of Frankie is one that touches me deeply. History teaches us to learn from our mistakes, yet with the current wave of youth violence and the UK knife crime epidemic, our society has not evolved from the tragic tale of Mr. Teardrop. The sleeve image is an actual x-ray sourced from the Metropolitan police and clearly shows the horrific results of the violence that plagues our youth. Absolute genius and essential for any Suicide fan. Ltd 10" on Blast First Petite.

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