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The Faint

Omaha, NE'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 Peterson, 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 band 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 their 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 re-enter 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 (Saddle Creek), 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 (Saddle Creek), 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 Faint followed it up with even more touring and also found the time to release the Mote/Dust 12" (GSL) in October of 2001, featuring two more remixes, a Sonic Youth cover, and a new track featuring Bright Eyes songsmith Conor Oberst. The band was 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 Joel Peterson reworked Of Montreal's "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games" under his Broken Spindles alias. The Faint 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, followed in 2014. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo
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  1.   Song
  2.   Agenda Suicide
  3.   The Geeks Were Right
  4.   Glass Danse
  5.   Worked Up So Sexual
  6.   Desperate Guys
  7.   The Conductor
  8.   Dropkick the Punks
  9.   Paranoiattack
  10.   Posed to Death
  11.   Disappear
  12.   Mirror Error
  13.   Mental Radio
  14.   Take Me To The Hospital
  15.   Mote
  16.   Animal Needs
  17.   Southern Belles in London Sing
  18.   Machine in the Ghost
  19.   The Passives
  20.   Falling Out Of Love At This Volume
  21.   Phone Call
  22.   Lullaby for the....
  23.   Erection
  24.   Birth
  25.   In Concert
  26.   This Is Is Is Pain
  27.   Dust
  28.   A Battle Hymn for Children
  29.   Fish in a Womb
  30.   I Treat You Wrong
  31.   Fulcrum and Lever
  32.   Your Retro Career Melted
  33.   Let The Poison Spill From Your Throat
  34.   Defy the Ailments
  35.   Armorous in Bauhaus Fashion
  36.   Acting: On-Campus Television
  37.   As the Doctor Talks
  38.   Typing: 1974-2048
  39.   Get Seduced
  40.   Unseen Hand
  41.   Psycho
  42.   Cars Pass in Cold Blood
  43.   Lesson from the Darkness
  44.   Evil Voices
  45.   Help in the Head
  46.   Damage Control
  47.   Lesson From the Darkness
  48.   Your Stranger
  49.   Animal Needs
  50.   Let the Poison Spill from Your Throat [Tommie Sunshine's "Let the Clock
  51.   Hypnotised
  52.   I Disappear
  53.   How Could I Forget
  54.   Ballad Of A Paralysed Citizen
  55.   Violent
  56.   Total Job
  57.   (Getting/Giving the Lock)
  58.   Sealed Human
  59.   Dress Code
  60.   Casual Sex
  61.   Help In the Head
  62.   An Allusion Passes Through the Bar
  63.   Tandem: City to City
  64.   Loss of Head
  65.   Victim Convenience
  66.   There's Something Not as Valid When the Scenery Is a Postcard
  67.   Sex Is Personal
  68.   Scapegoat
  69.   Some Incriminating Photographs
  70.   Repertoire of Uncommon Depth
  71.   Enola Gay
  72.   Forever Growing Centipedes
  73.   Symptom Finger
  74.   Call Call
  75.   Salt My Doom
  76.   Syntax Lies
  77.   Evil Voices
  78.   Possed to Death
  79.   Your Retro Carrer Melted
  80.   Let the Poison Spill From Your Throat (Tommie Sunshine's "Let the Clock Punch" Redux)
  81.   Posed to Death 9the Calculators' Rmeix)
  82.   No Name
  83.   [Bonus Material]
  84.   Glass Dance World
  85.   Let the Poison Spill