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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

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

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