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Fugazi is a band from Washington, D.C. They played their first show on September 3, 1987 and since then they have released seven albums and toured the world extensively covering all fifty United States, Europe, Australia, South America, Japan and many points in between. The band is self managed and release all their material through Dischord Records.

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Product details

  • Vinyl (1 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dischord
  • ASIN: B000005ZGU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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FUGAZI Steady Diet Of Nothing (1991 French Dischord Records 11-track LP glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows only minimal signs of shelfwear and the vinyl is in excellent condition DIS60V)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album, I was unashamedly dissapointed. Previous 'Fugazi' albums seemed to be a marked improvement compared to this. However, patience! Bear with it, give it some time, and then it is easy to see that, yes, 'Fugazi' have managed to produce another album of mastery. It would appear that previous reviewers were unable to spare much time in their listening of the album. By no means is it their best work, but it is still worth spending your hard earned cash on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andy Barnard on 31 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
I've loved every Fugazi release before this one and liked each subsequent one. This is one of those albums I keep coming back to time and time again thinking I'll give it another go and that maybe this time I'll like it. After having persevered for many years I've come to the conclusion that this just isn't a very good album.
It's almost like they're trying too hard- the previously insightful lyrics are dry, grating yelled polemic. Tunes and rhythms are scarce, replaced one minute by bland plodding beats and the next by jarring experimental guitar work. This is Fugazi trying to sound like Fugazi. I'm not asking for easy listening but their sense of groove and melody really seems to have taken a holiday.
I do appreciate that they're trying to move their music forward here, but to me this is just wilfully abrasive and pointlessly difficult to listen to. Repeated listens only confirm this. The subsequent album 'In On The Kill Taker' did a far better job of mixing challenging music and rhythms and would have been a much worthier follow up.
It's not all bad, but I do feel that overall this is a mis-step and nowhere near as good as their other releases.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Kinghan on 3 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
Queens of the Stone Age, Pearl Jam, At The Drive In, Rage Against The Machine....you can hear there influence everywhere yet seldom is it acknowledged.
Not a breakthrough album like 'Nevermind' but then Fugazi had been making this kind of awesome, textured sound for years before 'Steady Diet'. It's not all shouting either in fact this album contains a lot more subtlety (well, subtle for Fugazi!) than you might expect namely in 'Exit Only' and 'Long Division'. The uncompromising lyrics and simultaneously angry yet heartfelt music made sure it didn't trouble the mainstream charts or have the impact that bands like Metallica or even Henry Rollins did back in 1991. The problem is bands like Pearl Jam, etc. badly wanted to identify not only with the sound of Fugazi but also with the ethics and attitude but realised you don't make money or friends in the music business by doing so. Surely that's the very reason you should track down everything they've ever recorded and just educate yourself in the REAL 'alternative'. You owe them that much....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilson on 8 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Being a long time fan of Fugazi, this was one of the later albums of theirs I bought. I find this a more involved listen than most of their other releases, by no means a bad thing, but it feels a bit slower and mellower than In on the Killtaker and not as immediate as 13 Songs or Repeater. Having said that if you have the chance to get this, do. It is still a great introduction to one of the most original and musical alternative bands that ever existed. The dual vocals between Ian Mackaye and Guy Piccioto give Fugazi such a signature sound and really complement eachother in an unlikely way. There is a distinctive personality to Fugazi's music, and if that isn't unique enough set against today's trend-led music industry then I may as well give up writing these reviews.

With reference to the previous reviewer who questioned whether Fugazi's record label had heard their 'awful racket' (or however you termed it), well, fugazi are their own record label. Wow! A world where people control their own destiny. How surreal. Hope you enjoyed Tom Jones......Now his would be a record label that recognises easy prey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Brooks on 26 May 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have a weird cycle with every Fugazi record: Not once have I ever liked one of their albums on the first listen. Not once.But each and every time the quality of the music grows on me, and soon I think of it as some of the best music I've ever heard. No album shows this phenomenon better than Steady Diet of Nothing.

At first it's a nothing of a thing; seemingly a Fugazi caught between their biting punk roots and the experimental flavour that they're still unsure of. But the music is of so great a nature that you soon realise it's just as powerful, just as energetic and just as vital as the rest of their catalog. You'll hit yourself in the face a few weeks afterwards not being able to comprehend how you didn't appreciate it earlier.

I think some other reviewer termed SDON as the most abrasive Fugazi album, and I'd agree: this is some really hard hitting stuff. It's rough around the edges but all the better for it.

Track Picks: All of them, it's definitely a whole-album experience, but highlights for me are "Nice New Outfit" and "Latin Roots".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
After reading a few of the other reviews I decided I had to review this album to try and bring up it's average score! As with all Fugazi's work, this is an intelligent, original album with thought provoking lyrics. Many people were slightly disapointed with this album as it had a lot to live up to following the awesome repeater, but in my opinion with repeated listens this is an equally good (if not even better) record.
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