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The Faint

Omaha, Nebraska's the Faint have gone through countless changes in their relatively short career, but with each shift, both in terms of personnel and style, they have made a distinct new impression and turned more and more heads. Originally called Norman Bailer and featuring current members Clark and Todd Baechle (later he changed his name to Todd Fink, after marrying future Saddle Creek recording artist Orenda Fink of Azure Ray), as well as bassist Joel Petersen, the group's early years were a mix of lo-fi pop and tongue-in-cheek easy listening with a touch of punk rock ideals borrowed from their early skateboarding days. Along with a prepubescent Bright Eyes and a recently formed Cursive, the band was one of the seeds that spawned the explosive Omaha scene as well as a flagship act for the highly regarded Saddle Creek Records. A very limited cassette release and a few tracks on split 7"s and samplers were the band's only output, but the spark was there, and after adding Matt Bowen to the mix, the Faint proper first came into being around 1998. Media, the group's first full-length, was still a far cry from their later sounds, but the record was a fitting introduction to the band that featured a bevy of conflicting sounds, from new wave-inspired pop to Lullaby for the Working Class-style acoustic dirges. It wasn't the perfect record, but it was an inspired start that gave the Faint a good idea of what they were, and more importantly were not, striving for. In the wake of Media, the band set out to add something special to its live show, and in the course of the year, Bowen left the band and Jacob Thiele joined up to add the all-too-important keyboard sounds into the mix. Early 1999 saw the band reenter the studio with a new agenda, focusing on danceable beats, catchy keyboards, and an '80s-influenced sound that both revered and reinvented the past. The result was Blank-Wave Arcade, a pulsating record about sexuality, transportation, and mass consumption that instantly attracted hordes of new fans who were blown away by the group's distinctive new sound. The new material, along with a seizure-inducing D.I.Y. live light show and incorrigible on-stage energy, created a major buzz, and soon the Faint were revered as the second coming of new wave genius. A series of remixes on both a limited-edition LP and a tour to support a CD from Insound furthered the hype, and by the time the Faint entered the studio yet again in early 2001, the buzz had grown to a resounding roar. In August of 2001, the group released its third LP, Danse Macabre, a somewhat darker exploration of the styles hinted at on Blank-Wave Arcade. They also added a guitarist by the name of Dapose (born Mike Dappen), whose death metal past worked perfectly with the gloomy, but still oddly upbeat, sentiments of the new record. The disc was released to instant acclaim and almost immediately became one of the label's best-selling titles. The band followed it up with even more touring and also found the time to release the Mote/Dust 12" on the GSL label in October of 2001, featuring two more remixes, a Sonic Youth cover, and a new track featuring Bright Eyes songsmith Conor Oberst. The Faint were all quiet on the recording front until March of 2003, when they released an album of remixes from Danse Macabre called, strangely enough, Danse Macabre Remixes. The disc featured remixes by artists like Paul Oakenfold, Photek, and Medicine. They followed this up with Wet from Birth, which was released in fall 2004. The band remixed "Meet Your Master" from Nine Inch Nails' Year Zero, while bassist Petersen reworked Of Montreal's "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" under his Broken Spindles alias. The Faint then built their own studio, named Enamel, and formed their own label, Blank.Wav, on which they released Fasciinatiion in summer 2008. Doom Abuse, the band's fifth long-player, dropped in 2014, followed by the career retrospective Capsule: 1999-2016 in October 2016. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo
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  1.   Song
  2.   Agenda Suicide
  3.   Glass Danse
  4.   The Geeks Were Right
  5.   Worked Up So Sexual
  6.   Desperate Guys
  7.   Dropkick the Punks
  8.   Paranoiattack
  9.   The Conductor
  10.   Posed to Death
  11.   Mirror Error
  12.   Disappear
  13.   The Passives
  14.   Some Incriminating Photographs
  15.   Skylab 1979
  16.   A Battle Hymn for Children
  17.   Sex Is Personal
  18.   As the Doctor Talks
  19.   I Treat You Wrong
  20.   Psycho
  21.   Casual Sex
  22.   Dress Code
  23.   Loss of Head
  24.   This Is Is Is Is Pain
  25.   Falling Out Of Love At This Volume
  26.   Fulcrum and Lever
  27.   Hypnotised
  28.   Erection
  29.   How Could I Forget
  30.   Ballad Of A Paralysed Citizen
  31.   Violent
  32.   Armorous in Bauhaus Fashion
  33.   Repertoire of Uncommon Depth
  34.   Victim Convenience
  35.   Call Call
  36.   Young & Realistic
  37.   Damage Control
  38.   Unseen Hand
  39.   Lesson From the Darkness
  40.   Scapegoat
  41.   Animal Needs
  42.   Evil Voices
  43.   Help In the Head
  44.   Mote
  45.   Fish in a Womb
  46.   Machine in the Ghost
  47.   I Disappear
  48.   Birth
  49.   Symptom Finger
  50.   Phone Call
  51.   Your Retro Career Melted
  52.   Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat
  53.   Total Job
  54.   Syntax Lies
  55.   An Allusion Passes Through the Bar
  56.   Acting: On-Campus Television
  57.   Lullaby for the....
  58.   Tandem: City to City
  59.   Typing: 1974-2048
  60.   Cars Pass in Cold Blood
  61.   Sealed Human
  62.   Defy the Ailments
  63.   Get Seduced
  64.   Let the Poison Spill from Your Throat [Tommie Sunshine's "Let the Clock
  65.   Forever Growing Centipedes
  66.   Southern Belles in London Sing
  67.   Dust
  68.   (Getting/Giving the Lock)
  69.   Your Stranger
  70.   Enola Gay
  71.   There's Something Not as Valid When the Scenery Is a Postcard
  72.   In Concert
  73.   Mental Radio
  74.   Salt My Doom
  75.   Take Me To The Hospital
  76.   ESP

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