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

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