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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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Suicide

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

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