The 1977 debut by Alan Vega and Martin Rev is a conceptual and sonic assault. Vega’s pithy lyrics and echoed rockabilly vocals over Rev’s seething, primitive beatbox and fuzzed-up synths are a simple and devastatingly effective combination. Ghost Rider and Rocket USA is a killer double whammy to open the album. Frankie Teardrop makes your neck hair stand up, and Springsteen fave Cheree calms you down again.
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10/10 meletkis Customer review, 12th August 2016
Emerged from the seventies art scene of New York, Suicide took music to a place of pure creative anarchy; a confrontational performance narrated by Alan Vega’s rockabilly-ish vocals along with Martin Rev’s repetitive synths and primitive drum machines. A novelty exquisitely reflected in their 1977 self-titled debut album, the catalyst for the development of synth-punk scene. A shrieking statement of brutal honesty across a growing haunting sense of tension which defies the principles of description and musical arrangement. "Frankie’s dead / Frankie’s lying in hell / We’re all Frankies / We’re all lying in hell".
9/10 Jack Customer review, 4th June 2016
The Suicide self titled debut is an unique and powerful album especially for 1977. Though, you will find no electric guitars or drums here, Suicide comes off just as powerful. A reliance on synth was unique for the era but Suicide pull it off especially well, proving that punk was more about attitude and concern than aesthetic. In this, Suicide prove to many of their image focused contemporaries what makes punk is the attitude and thus become even more punk and dangerous. Suicide was a product of many sorts and their intense debut album shows it.
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