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

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