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Although they barely received credit, Suicide (singer Alan Vega and keyboardist Martin Rev) were the source point for virtually every synth pop duo that glutted the pop marketplace (especially in England) in the early '80s. Without the trailblazing Rev and Vega, there would have been no Soft Cell, Erasure, Bronski Beat, Yaz, you name 'em, and while many would tell you that that's nothing to crow about, the aforementioned synth poppers merely appropriated Suicide's keyboards/singer look and none of Rev and Vega's extremely confrontational performance style and love of dissonance. The few who did (Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire) were considered too extreme for most tastes. Suicide had been a part of the performing arts scene in New York City's Lower East Side in the early/mid-'70s New York Dolls era. Their approach to music was simple: Rev would create minimalistic, spooky, hypnotic washes of dissonant keyboards and synthesizers, while Vega sang, ranted, and spat neo-Beat lyrics in a jumpy, disjointed fashion. On-stage, Vega became confrontational, often baiting the crowd into a riotous frenzy that occasionally led to full-blown violence, usually with the crowd attacking Vega. With their reputation as controversial performers solidified, what was lost was that Suicide recorded some amazingly seductive and terrifying music. A relationship with Cars mastermind Ric Ocasek proved successful, bringing their music to a wider audience and developing unlikely fans (Bruce Springsteen went on record as loving Suicide's Vietnam-vet saga "Frankie Teardrop"), but after numerous breakups and reconciliations, Rev and Vega settled for being more influential than commercially successful. Ironically, the '90s proved to be a decade of vindication for Suicide with the rise of industrial dance music, Chicago's Wax Trax! label, and the bands associated with it (Revolting Cocks, Ministry, 1000 Homo DJs, etc.). Although not a big part of the scene after the late '90s, the profound influence of Suicide on a generation of younger bands was readily apparent. When Suicide returned in 2002 with American Supreme, their first studio release in ten years, much fanfare resulted, no doubt considerably furthered by Vega's presence around this time as a heavily profiled exhibitor of art in New York, where he had presented a show at the Jeffrey Dietch Gallery in New York earlier in the year. Vega also continued to appear on collaborative and solo recordings, including his album Station, which arrived in 2007, five years after Suicide's American Supreme. Vega died in 2016 in New York City at the age of 78. ~ John Dougan
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Suicide

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    Popularity
  2.   Ghost Rider
  3.   Cheree
  4.   Mr. Ray
  5.   Scream and Shout
  6.   Cool as Ice
  7.   I Remember
  8.   Frankie Teardrop by Lydia Lunch
  9.   C'est la Vie
  10.   Wild in Blue
  11.   Cadillac
  12.   Do It Nice
  13.   New City
  14.   C'Mon Babe
  15.   Into My Eyes
  16.   Spaceship
  17.   Be My Dream
  18.   See You Around
  19.   Too Fine For You
  20.   Sneakin' Around
  21.   A-Man
  22.   Tough Guy
  23.   Creature Feature
  24.   Super Subway Comedian
  25.   Dance
  26.   Shadazz
  27.   Be Bop Kid
  28.   Touch Me
  29.   Fast Money Music
  30.   Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne
  31.   Che
  32.   Frankie Teardrop
  33.   Johnny
  34.   Sweetheart
  35.   Long Talk
  36.   Space Blue Bambo
  37.   Johnny Dance
  38.   Sister Ray Says
  39.   All Night Long
  40.   Love You
  41.   Goin' to las Vegas
  42.   Harlem II
  43.   Girl
  44.   Dream Baby Dream
  45.   Harlem
  46.   Rocket U.S.A.
  47.   Keep Your Dreams
  48.   Las Vegas Man
  49.   Surrender
  50.   Rain of Ruin
  51.   Heat Beat
  52.   Love So Lovely
  53.   Why Be Blue
  54.   On Fire
  55.   Juke Box Baby '96
  56.   Rock Train
  57.   Mambo Mambo
  58.   Devastation
  59.   Sufferin' in Vain
  60.   Jesus
  61.   Night Time
  62.   Touch Me/Be Bop a Lula
  63.   Beggin' for Miracles
  64.   Swearin' to the Flag
  65.   Misery Train
  66.   Televised Executions
  67.   I Don't Know
  68.   Child, It's a New World
  69.   Dachau, Disney, Disco
  70.   Power au Go-Go
  71.   Death Machine
  72.   Wrong Decisions
  73.   American Mean
  74.   Dominic Christ
  75.   Radiation
  76.   Chezazze
  77.   Speed Queen
  78.   Sweet White Lady
  79.   96 Tears
  80.   Mujo
  81.   Cheat Cheat
  82.   Hot Ticket
  83.   Universe
  84.   Last Time
  85.   Play the Dream
  86.   Pump It
  87.   Flashy Love
  88.   Chewy Chewy
  89.   23 Minutes Over Brussels

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