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Suicide [Double CD, Live]

Suicide Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD, Live
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00000APLI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Che 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. I Remember 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Keep Your Dreams 4:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mr Ray (Live At Cbgb's) 6:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Las Vegas Man (Live At Cbgb's) 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. 96 Tears (Live At Cbgb's) 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Keep Your Dreams (Live At Cbgb's) 3:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. I Remember (Live At Cbgb's) 5:110.99  Buy MP3 
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This remarkable self-titled debut album, released a full seven years after the group had formed, was still way ahead of its time back in 1978. Suicide--Alan Vega on vocals and Martin Rev on keyboards and drum machine--are one of the most original acts in the history of popular music. They're often called the first synthpop act; synth-punk is closer to the truth--their music was far more edgy and menacing than that of any of their followers.

Suicide drew on the right protopunk influence (Velvets, Stooges) and came out of the same scene that bred the New York Dolls. Their guitar-bass-and-"real"-drummer-deprived setup outraged audiences; on the superb bonus disc you can hear a European crowd rioting in the background while their apocalyptic nursery rhymes sound away. Tough guy Vega croons like an evil Elvis bred on garage rock and performance art; the stoic Rev lays churning, repetitive and oddly melodic lines down on his beat-up Farfisa, and the ancient drum machine--it actually sounds steam-driven--propels the music toward a ratty, Blade Runner future. "Dream Baby Dream", "Che", "Ghost Rider"--these eerie, sturdy, steam-punk anthems rank among the most visionary, melodic experiments the rock realm has yet produced. This reissue is bright and clear-sounding, and with the full disc of live performances (a 1977 CBGB's soundboard tape plus the legendary "23 Minutes Over Brussels" performance) this is an essential purchase. --Mike McGonigal

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodious emotional & sonic extremes 19 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
Whereas Kraftwerk navigated the Autobahn at a fairly moderate pace, Alan Vega & Martin Rev often break all speed limits. Controlled, even disembodied vocals characterize the German band's music while Suicide's is pierced by whoops, hollers & gasps. Most of these songs are so beautiful and tuneful that they would have been chart material had they been toned down to the level of say, OMD or Eurythmics. With the exception of the 10 harrowing minutes of Frankie Teardrop, a real piece of "psychobilly," the melodies & hooks are irresistible.

The pulsating Ghost Rider with its ominous drone is quite anthemic, more minimalist than Alan Vega's later solo version. Although still appealing, Rocket USA is eerie & doom-laden while Cheree is a mid-tempo ballad with an enchanting chiming melody unfolding behind the drone. There are lighter, more accessible and highly catchy tracks like Johnny and Girl, another slow number with a hypnotic arrangement & richly textured sounds. The remix of Cheree sounds more soulful & romantic than the original. Its chugging rhythms & yearning vocals give I Remember a melancholic air. Then follows Keep Your Dreams, an addictive ditty with a lilting flow.

Disc 2 consists of 6 live performances recorded at CBGB's. Mr Ray is a heavy but surprisingly subdued interpretation of the Velvets'
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis the B-Movie 18 May 2004
Format:Audio CD
There really is no way that Suicide's music can be described to someone who hasn't heard it, but I'm going to try... Alan Vega's vocals are always compared to Elvis, but it's almost like an Elvis whose sneers are for real with a dark, brooding delivery. In contrast, Martin Rev produces a droning electronic backing that is sometimes distorted guitar-like and sometimes something like a wind-up nursery toy. The drums are very primitive and verging on the cheesy, and there is rarely a snare sound.
Does this sound like something that you could listen to? Probably not, but when you hear it, you can see how hard it is to put your finger on what it is that makes this band great. The comparisons to other bands just aren't relevant. They are far more minimalist than Kraftwerk, and if they influenced synthesizer duos in the 80's, then there is little evidence of it in 80's music. What they are is an absolutely unique act.
Their first outing is a very primitive affair, but with an approach that says "we don't give a shit about conventions - this is the way we want to do it!". The first thing I wanted to do after I heard it for the first time was play it again, first to see if I really heard what I heard, and because you just need to keep listening to it to take it all in.
The second CD is a worthwhile bonus, giving you some idea of why they were both loved and hated live. The CBGB's set shows why they were loved by their audience, and the '23 Minutes Over Brussels' shows you why they were hated by people whose heads were too filled with the conventions set by the music industry.
Just don't play this before you go to sleep!
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I bought this album after seeing Suicide opening for Elvis Costello and the Attractions in Paris a million years ago. Despite real howls of loathing from the crowd (not yet prepared for Sartrean, or rather Camus-ian nihilism by the Cure and other gothic popsters), Suicide pounded out their hypnotic, psychotic dance music. Suicide had the true punk disdain for all conventions, including those already carved in stone by the punk/new wave nomenklatura. Disturbing and refreshing in equal parts, Suicide, Pere Ubu and Devo all brought an inspired, warped intelligence to bear on the new wave. This album is the forerunner of just about all non-rockist music we listen to today.
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By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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The 1998 reissues of Suicide's first two eponymous albums were both wonderful, coming with great sleevenotes, bonus tracks & a second disc of rarities. 1977 was such a strong year for music- Marquee Moon, Low, Trans Europe Express, I Feel Love, The Idiot, Talking Heads debut etc- but this stands out even amid those classics.
The interview in the sleevenotes portrays the band's genus & origin, examples of that early music can be found on the bonus disc with the second album. Alan Vega (Vocals)and Martin Rev (Instruments) were the original duo later mimicked by Soft Cell, influenced by the approach jazz musicians like Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, John Coltrane & Thelonius Monk took (as well as The Stooges), they ended up in the Project of Living Artists, New York. Living in squalor, the romantic life that recurs in things like Ask the Dust, Martin Eden & Tropic of Cancer, they began to develop- living for nothing but their music. Rev found a bowling-pin style machine and this became the DIY-basis for Suicide's music, which was a minimal approach to electronica- where The Ramones played minimal-length tracks, Suicide played an alien minimal music- which could go on a long-time: witness the epic Frankie Teardrop here...
The album opens with Ghost Rider (covered by Soft Cell, REM & Sisters of Mercy), which is the next step on from The Stooges and has lyrics that fit the era perfectly: "America, America is killing its youth...". Next up is Rocket USA (performed a few years ago by Suicide with Spiritualized; Suicide have also played with members of Can & Sisters of Mercy), which opens and drifts into this pulsing thing, hints of rockabilly lost in the past; Alan Vega is Elvis in space...
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5.0 out of 5 stars arrived promply and very satisfied custoner
Very happy with the prompt arrival and a great musical revisitation of a band I saw support the clash back in 78 and sounds just as God now as it did back then.
Published 1 month ago by Glenn Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Suicide's First.
There may be renewed interest due to Bruce covering one of their songs, but to be honest this first album needs no endorsement. It is a classic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by donnyexile
3.0 out of 5 stars Synth in the punk age
Sorry. You've got to hand it to these two for swimming against the tide, but for me Suicide's 1977 album doesn't match the hype. Read more
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by D. J. H. Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
How did I miss these two! What an album. Can be a bit samey, but I like samey and there's bonuses too. Fantastic.
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by DB
5.0 out of 5 stars An oldie but a goodie
I bought this on it's original release in 1977, at th time I was listening to Yes and Genesis.
That was the end of that, it turned me onto weird edgy music and my social life... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by A. M. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark of the new-wave
Suicide were a band who had emerged in New York during the early 1970s but came to prominence during the new wave period with the release of their self-titled masterpiece (and one... Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Daniel Margrain
5.0 out of 5 stars A deserted island disc
The syntheis between Little Richard, Elvis and Kraftwerk combing the emotional psyche and the passion- sex (Girl, Cheree) nihilism (Ghostrider) existential anguish (Frankie... Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense
Apparently Alan Vega, Suicide's lead singer, coined the term punk as a genre in 1971, or so he claims. Read more
Published on 19 July 2003 by Concerned father
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Rockabilly Masterpiece
These songs are so beautiful, melodic and tuneful that they could have been chart material had they been released and promoted in the 80s. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2002 by Pieter Uys
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