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Suicide

Suicide

1977

Suicide

Album Summary

Suicide is the debut studio album from the American rock band Suicide. It was released in 1977 on Red Star Records and produced by Craig Leon and Marty Thau. The album was recorded in four days at Ultima Sound Studios in New York and featured Martin Rev's minimalist electronics and harsh, repetitive rhythms paired with Alan Vega's rock and roll-inspired vocals and depictions of urban life. Upon its initial release, Suicide was greeted with positive reception from the UK press, but received mixed reviews in the United States, where it failed to chart. However, the album would soon be regarded as a milestone in electronic and rock music. In 2013, Pitchfork named Suicide one of the greatest albums of the 1970s, while in 2012 and 2020, Rolling Stone ranked it as one of the 500 greatest albums of all time. The album also influenced artists in various genres, including Bruce Springsteen, the Fleshtones, Spacemen 3, and Peaches.

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Rating

2.57

Votes

4154

Genres

  • Rock
  • Punk
  • Electronica
  • Post Punk
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Album cover was cooler than any of the music. Tried to respect the experimentation aspect considering this was the 70's, but still not a fan. || I Would've given it a 2 but 'girl' and especially 'frankie teardrop' felt like something you would play on loop to drive someone mad. Certainly started to...

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Music That Makes You Feel Feral But In A Good Way

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If only there was some sort of suicide prevention hotline that could have been called to stop this abomination from being made. RIP mum .

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At least it's better than dylan

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The initial opening of Ghost Rider had me thinking this could be good, but fast went downhill from there. I did wonder if this could be one of those "so bad it's good" albums, guess that depends if your an experimental synth-punk sadist or not.

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The first note of the first song had me intrigued but it quickly got really bad after that. This seems to be a pattern with bands I haven't heard of on this list. Anyway, this whole album was awful. "Girl" might be the worst song I've ever heard. "Frankie Teardrop" was kind of interesting but still terrible. Unnecessary screaming everywhere.

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I give 5 stars to anyone who was able to get through this album. This was a tough listen and I usually like the weird shit. I get that it was probably ground-breaking when it came out because I really back in 1977 but I can't see how anyone can get any pleasure from listening to this.

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Wow. This is... awful. The synth is annoying. The screaming is jarring. I mean, I totally get why this was ground-breaking for 1977, but it is just... annoying. I almost had to stop it at least twice, wondering if I wanted to continue. Yuck.

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5

I'm listening to the debut album by Suicide from 1977. I believe the album is called Suicide as well. I've been reading about this album and listening to the first song. So far it's right up my alley. "Musically, Suicide has been described as synth-punk, electronic rock, and synth-pop, while also being labeled electronic and minimalist." It's scratching the itch this morning. It's fun to hear some of the origins of the music I really enjoy. It's alien and pulsating and the words are spoken. Why have I never heard of this music? It goes to show that there will be always new music to discover in life. This doesn't sound like music that came out the same year Star Wars was released. It sounds very fresh and clearly the blueprint for a lot of the music I've loved over the years. I'm all in on this.

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5

Spectacular. Original. Menacing.

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5

kinda weird idk

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5

This album is so ridiculously ahead of its time. It honestly blew me away. The music builds gradually allowing the listener to hear the layers of distorted and electronic music. The vocal delivery seems punk and spoken word influenced.

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5

Wow. Weird. But goddamn if it isn't tightly wound and experimenting in the right places.

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Big fuzzy all-encompassing synth is right up my alley so this album felt like something I could really sink into and let swallow me up. Suicide seems more like an artistic experiment in music than a straight up and down band you throw on to groove too. I feel like its definitely an act you had to see live to truly appreciate. Yes Frankie Teardrop is pretty unlistenable but I would say pretty damn successful at conveying the feeling and putting you in the headspace of a family killer who’s in hell. “Cheree” is dark and sweet and I loved it. Gonna plug my favorite podcast here too, No Dogs in Space. Great punk history show that does deep dive series on a bunch of early punk bands including Suicide. Check it out for these dudes wild story.

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4

A classic- not for everyday listening but when I'm in the mood there is nothing else like it.

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4

Intressant, lät inte som att det skulle ha kommit ut 1977.

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Not a big fan of these experimental punk albums but I appreciate their influence. Favorite Track: Relisten: No

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Man, that first track was awesome. The second track was... Well, it was good too. Kinda experimental acid rock bust still good. Then the whole thing went off the rails. Every track to the end of the record was worse than the one that proceeded it. Half-baked song ideas with repetitive sentence fragments thrown on top of them masquerading as "experimental" when, in fact, they were just banged out with no actual craftsmanship applied. Two stars. One for each track that was actually half decent.

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Made me want to throw the rope up. Does exactly what it says on the tin 👍🏾

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I award this album no stars and may god have mercy on your soul

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5

Essential

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5

From the first few seconds I already liked it. We'll see how the rest is. Old school electronic combined with punk. Very cool album! Added to my collection.

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5

Love this, great organ sounds and atmosphere.

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5

ну ваще кайф, просто рил щит, монотонно, грязно, прям как и вся моя жалкая жизёнка

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5

Never heard of this, but it's been great. Dig the electronic components.

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5

Super Gucci.

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5

Wild!

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5

This is the debut album from the New York-based band Suicide which is composed of vocalist Alan Vega and instrumentalist Martin Rev. The music is described as synth-punk, no wave, electronic rock, synth-pop and minimalist. The music is basically a repetitive rhythm, a few synthesizers sounding like an organ, xylophone or some other instrument and lyrics which are minimal, repetitive and sometimes screamed. The one thing this music does do is create an atmosphere which is very eerie and haunting. Hypnotic is also a good descriptor. This album is considered an electronic music landmark and was highly influential to a lot of artists...I hear that. By the way, this album and music totally work for me. To experience this album and music, it really needs to be listened to. How can I convince anyone that repetitive drums with random noises and screams is great music? Maybe I will. "Ghost Rider" starts out like electronic music and punk had a baby with a driving beat, amped up synthesizer and Alan Vega using very few lyrics in a very repetitive way and in a lot a ways felt like trying to translate a Wiliam Gibson novel (aka cyberpunk) into music. Early 90's Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails were listening. "Cheree" has a Kraftwerk-Autobahn-type synthesizer sound, is a love song and adds a nice xylophone to the chorus. It is very hypnotic and somehow, it works. "Frankie Teardrop" may be the scariest song I've ever heard. It starts with a repetitive synth-sound which sounds like it's stuck. The song is about Frankie who has a family, loses his job, gets a gun and very bad things happen after that. It's a 10-minute long song with the last four minutes being bloodcurling screams and random and weird synthesizer sounds. Bruce Springsteen based a song on his "Nebraska " album on this song and Henry Rollins described it as the most intense song he's ever heard. I'd agree. This album is not for everyone but it is highly influential and definitely an artistic achievement.

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5

I am very excited to read the reviews on this one. Somehow I'm guessing that there's not going to be a lot of middle ground between love and hate. I'm one of the people that love this band, and this album in particular. Suicide was one of the bands that helped form the late 70s punk scene in New York. No one has ever sounded like them since. Suicide is a beautiful combination of idiosyncrasies that can never be replicated. The perfect people at the perfect time, with perfect ideas about music and perfectly shitty equipment 5/5

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1977!? Are you freaking kidding me? 1977! So far ahead of its time! Pretty sure I didn't appreciate Suicide the first time I heard them, but they've really grown on me. Very much an acquired taste - I bet there are a thousand horrified one star reviews! 🤣 Fave track - "Ghost Rider" or "Cheree" for more casual listening, "Frankie Teardrop" for a listening experience that breaks into your house and tools you up with a lead pipe.

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5

Really enjoyed this, way ahead of it's time.

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I hit play and through the first song felt like someone slipped something into my drink. Then the second song. Then the third song? Every song filled with sinister echo and fuzz forcing me forward with an incessant, demanding beat. So this is what we’re doing?! What to think about this? I didn’t dislike it. The grooves are interesting. The runtime is a manageable 32 minutes. This album is blazing trails today - hard to believe it has been around since 1977! I can see why I should listen to this before I die. But do I like it? I started a second listen and was surprisingly into this. After the first listen I doubted I’d ever want to hear this again. Now after the second I’m tempted to play it again right away and I’m not entirely sure why… I can’t get this off my mind. This is one of the most unique things I’ve heard in a while. Or ever. I think I love it.

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5

cool

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5

This is one of my favorite albums. It's raw. And i think it rocks. Except for Frankie tear drop wtf Alan.

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5

Stunning photo-punk.

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4

Some great tunes

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4

Adding this. Going back for more too. I enjoyed the tones and just everything.

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4

subversive and understated and pretty fucking great. love the doors-y and drone-y minimalist stuff going on here. "frankie teardrop" is really just a breath of fresh air

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4

Instrumentals are amazing, some weird vocals. I wish it was a bit longer though.

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4

FRANKIE!!!!!!!

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4

STARTING OVER

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Hi ha discos que en el seu moment van resultar molt revolucionaris, punts d'inflexió d'algun génere o noves portes obertes a maneres d'escoltar i entendre la música... però que amb el pas del temps la seva originalitat s'ha anat apaivagant a poc a poc per nous discos i géneres que els han superat. L'estrena discogràfica de Suicide és un d'ells. Malgrat tot, a dia d'avui, sinó amb la mateixa rellevància que quan va sortir, encara es disfruta com un disc força interessant. 'Frankie Teardrop' és clarament el punt de ruptura principal, amb els més de 10 minuts d'inquietant i ominós minimalisme. L'estètica musical de tota l'obra, la seva atmòsfera opresiva, especialment brillant en temes com 'Girl' o 'Rocket USA' el fan un disc encara molt digne i captivador

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4

Heavy electronica, harsh sounds right from the beginning Aggressive textures with incessant ostinatos A bit alienating I liked the mellow melody in "Cheree"

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4

Entrancing distorted punk/garage rock with a stimulating sound. It's a bit repetitive but the band make it work. The vocals have been processed with a reverb/effect that makes the vibe almost psychedelic. You can imagine these tracks being played at a decadent house party or an indie/alternative rock club. Great album, I enjoyed it more than I expected.

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4

Absolute classic that I'm sure will have a pretty low rating on here.

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Not easy listening, but I thought this was very original. 7.5/10.

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4

Grata surpresa do uso de elementos eletrônicos envolvidos com a pegada “punk”.

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4

Sometimes it sounds scary but in a good way with all these random squeaks and gasps and howls.

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4

-The electronic drumbeats really keep the intensity going through the album -"Frankie Teardrop" is very Alice Cooper-esque. Or maybe Alice Cooper is very "Frankie Teardrop"-esque. Also the scream when Frankie kills himself is pretty crazy. (Spoiler alert)

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4

Minimal magic, and the prototype for all the synth duos to come, though few would be as confrontational. Every time I play this it gets better and easier to listen to.

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4

Oddly compelling album that's obviously ahead of it's time and massively influential on music styles that were to come; from punk and post punk to new wave to industrial to goth, the list goes on. And also dark and disturbing with uncomfortable subject matter. I can't imagine how audiences must have reacted to their legendary early New York shows. The album starts off strongly with the 1-2 punch of Ghost Rider and Rocket USA's spare rhythmic onslaught, bizarre deadpan lyric delivery and synth flourishes, one can here the seeds of industrial in general and NIN in particular. The band shows a more melodic sense on the next couple songs, but always keeping the listener on guard for the next twist. And that twist comes with a vengeance in the form of the 10 minute epic Frankie Teardrops which weaves a horrific tale of angst and murder that is truly frightening. A groundbreaking album in so many ways. 4.5 🌟

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Loved it. More of an art project than anything – something that I may revisit at some point but not really seek out. I can hear the influence and impact across several genres of music. Fav tracks: I kinda view this album as "Frankie Teardrop" and then all the other tracks. It kind of stands on it's own alone as piece, while the rest of the album is on a similar wavelength.

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4

So cool

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4

One of the great albums of the year 1977, with some of the most eerie tracks you'll ever hear

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Enjoying this one. Sounds like it influenced a lot of music i like now so maybe that's why it strikes a chord. Cheree reminded me of a Brian Eno track featured in Hyper normalization by Adam Curtis. I really liked this album. It's ahead of it's time. Noticed a sample on track one from MIA'S born free

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4

Interesante

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A really enjoyable and interesting experimental synth album with legitimately innovative and pleasing tracks like "Cheree" and frightening tracks essential yet you must only listen to once like "Girl" or "Frankie Teardrop." Sounds a lot like a more advanced and sophisticated Silver Apples. As an art piece, I'd enjoy the whole experience. On repeated listens, I might skip a few. But really, the album is so short that even just skipping "Frankie Teardrop", the 21-minute remainder flies by, especially with how the subtle changes in each song keep each track interesting. Let's hear it for Frankie.

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Influential album, yadda yadda. Yeah, we all know this by now - but.. One noteworthy feature of this album is "Frankie Teardrop" - a demented little song of around ten minutes long - and probably one of the toughest listens from the album I've listened so far. Frankie kills his six month old baby and his wife with a gun at minute four. At that point - you have another six minutes of the song. At my many attempts over the years to get through the song, this was probably the first time I made it. Happy not to do it again. Which brings one to the point that this is a seminal record - nary a rudimentary drum machine - some occasional guitar and Alan Vega's echo-laden screaming and singing - a ghostly ethereal soundtrack from hell - truly one of the ballsiest and toughest punk album out there. Scarier than Iggy Pop on a drug binge - it's like what the Doors in a fever dream after a night in hell might sound like. Great great stuff, but a tough listen.

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C'est la définition de minimalisme? L'élément important de cet album est l'année; 1977. Bravo pour le désire de réinvention. Par contre on s'en va tellement à gauche, genre à 450 000 acres de ce qui se fait, que j'ai l'impression que le seul intérêt devient théorique. Il n'y a pas vraiment de plaisir dans cet album, du moins à la première écoute, sauf peut-être pour Che. En plus on dirait que l'album empire en avançant, ce qui rend le début plus accessible lorsque l'album recommence. Ça en est un peu weird. Mais définitivement, avec cet album, on s'en va vers des groupes comme Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark qui restent expérimentals, mais avec tout de même un certain soucis de conserver des mélodies (dépendamment de l'album). Ça semble un album qui a influencé un paquet de groupes électro, donc l'album a bien sa place dans cette liste. C'est le genre d'album que tu sors pour faire ton intellectuel. Ma note va plus pour son importance que mon réel plaisir lors de ma première écoute.

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4

Ça c’est différent. C’est pas de la musique de détente, mais ça inspire un paquet d’autres choses.

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4

we're all Frankies sometimes

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Really enjoyed some of the tracks on this. Felt an enjoyable almost drum and bass vibe with ghost rider. Couldn't listen to frankie teardrop

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3

pretty dope album. LCD soundsystem meets thee oh sees

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3

It is interesting and unusual. Not necessarily too sonically creative in places (sparse electronic sound with repeating drumbeat)... but the crazy frankie teardrop has some wild swings. Giving them props.

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3

It was fine, nothing super exciting for me

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Pretty freaking weird, but I've been so bored with my music selection I kind of enjoyed it.

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First time hearing this band. It took me a few songs to feel it. At first the songs felt unsatisfying. Like they were teasing some heavy guitar licks but they never come. I think I was expecting more assertive, aggressive music based on the name, album art. This definitely sounds like the stuff that birthed new wave. They remind me of the pretenders and dire straits. Im concerned about Frankie!

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3

So close to being very good. Some of the synth is just a bit off/jarring but I can see the influence/precursor to some of the music I like now. Full disclosure: I wrote my notes before listening to Frankie... Its a 10 min experience I was not expecting, but am somehow not surprised by

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Not my preference. It was not bad just not my genre

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I wouldn't say i liked it per se but it surely is interesting. One other thing is that Frankie Teardrop is a challenge to get through.

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Interesante

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i've listened to this album a few times, it lulls you into a false sense of security by having a good A side but then it waxes your testicles and pisses in your ears on the B side. the whole screaming thing is not made for headphones. still, its the solid basis for a lot of the shit i listen to these days.

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I don't think I expected this to feel like a Kim Gordon album

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Me ha parecido interesante el tipo de música, pero el disco aparte de ser muy corto no sólo tiene un par de ellas destacables. Aun así, entretenido.

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Not my style but can respect

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Little dark, not gonna lie. Good music tho

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3

Felt like 32 minutes of waiting for the drums to kick in.

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I liked most of it I think, heavy industrial rock with synth but that one 11 min song not my jam. 3.5

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Okay this entire album is structure perfectly and the repeating instrumentation felt weird but also soothing. But my god Frankie Teardrop may genuinely be the creepiest song I have ever head and legitimately gave me shivers multiple times. I will need to reslisten to this album but I am not sure ab the replay value. The album is genuinely impressive but I'm not sure if it's an album I necessarily want to go back to. As much as I absolutely love dark demented music this album is almost to the point of just feeling like a satanic album that I might not feel like touching again lmao. 7/10

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Well that was weird. But also way better than I expected. I’d almost listen to it again.

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first few songs -4 last few songs - 1

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Stylistically interesting for 1977; not what I would expect from an American rock band around that time. Can hear punk-esque aspects to this album, but the synths and electronic stuff adds texture to it all. Sometimes a little on harsh and screaming side of things, which I don't usually like, but overall this is interesting stuff.

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Raw electronica from before electronica was a thing. The value in Suicide may not be with Suicide themselves, but from all that they inspired. Beats the hell out of Wild Beasts, if nothing else.

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Interesting at first, but ultimately just annoying. The lyrics are quite complex (and sometimes haunting) so kudos to that. But Vega's screams or sighs (e.g., on Frankie Teardrop or Girl) are a bit much. Rev's synth beats were cool at times but felt a little monotonous. Still, I enjoyed Ghost Rider and Johnny...quite a bit. This album feels like one of those things you're proud to say you've done once but would never do again. Could just as easily be a 2 or a 3 but I'll go higher for it's uniqueness (and trailblazing...of something I don't care much for).

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Not my favorite album but the Nods Dogs in Space podcast episodes about this band are amazing and I’m still really impressed with what they’re able to do with the limitations they had

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3

The repetitive simplistic beats serve the uneasy atmosphere well. Maybe a bit prototypical as a whole, but still an album you have you hear (even if most of it is because of Frankie Teardrop)

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Hahaaha jag skulle aldrig vara två dagar efter LOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLL semibangers annars Den långa sången om frankie va bra

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3

Hypnotic electronic riffs over disturbing and depressing lyrics. I could like the music but the vocal puts me off.

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it's ok 3.5/5

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Third time listening to this album. Didn't like it the first two. It's not as boring as I remember, but I still couldn't really get into it.

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Welly welly well.. where to start. I absolutely love the music. Made me want to get my mastersystem out and fire up "james pond: robocod." How they achieved the sounds in 77, i dont know. However... frankie and girl with the screams and moans are just not fun to listen to. A really hard one to rate.

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3

Not really my thing. The last few tracks are interesting, however. Makes you feel like you're on drugs

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Weirdly experimental for the time I could hear sonic youth, jesus and Mary chain and the white stripes in it. Dont know if they were aware of this band. Started strong then tailed of was beginning to lose interest then jonnys crying or whatever came on. That was intense drama pre dating Stan by slim shady by many years a kinda gothic horror story very intense. Overall wasn't sure if I liked it or not but will definitely remember it was an experience!

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Definitely an interesting album. Not a huge fan of the music style and screaming, etc. still interesting to listen to and I can appreciate it as a work of art ahead of its time

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A landmark album that sort of changed the world forever that's sort of also painful on my little baby ears.

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Like Dear Zachary, Suicide by Suicide is a good piece of media that is difficult to consume more than once

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3

art school exhibition music

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A very weird album. I can't say I loved it--it was trying a little hard to be edgy for my tastes (an impression that the band name doesn't help correct)--but it was respectably listenable. It does deserve to be on this list, simply for the fact that it's really weird. Uneven track listings and timings, a lack of structure, and a sound that facilitates distinctive preferences for one track over another--but like a lot of memorable albums, no one can agree on which tracks are good. Personally, my fave picks were "Girl" and "Cheree". But yeah...this wasn't my thing. Bumping it up from 2-star enjoyability, simply because there's at least some creativity that brings distinctiveness to each track, which is more than I can say for other artists on this list (looking at you, Paul Weller).

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I… I genuinely do not know how I feel about this. I’m no stranger to stuff on the weirder side. I’ll take an Ornette Coleman entree with a side of Captain Beefheart and The Shaggs, and wash it all down with a glass of Sunn O))). But here, I am baffled. Bemused. Befuddled. Be-fucked up on all accounts. Genuinely unlike anything I’d ever heard before. My attention was so deeply captured, I was like a poor fly in fly paper just waiting to die. And I’d stick myself back there again, even when it sounds like a teenager sitting on a keyboard while absolutely blasting rope. I think I’m broken. How do I even give this a star value.

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really dark and intense

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I can't say enjoy is a term I would use with this album but it was a really interesting listen. I noticed that the first song has been sampled by MIA. I also recognized that several songs had been covered by other bands.

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Speciaal album. Sommige nummers zijn wel dansbaar

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Despite its flaws, I like this LP for presenting something completely different. While repetitive, the synth backing tracks are distinct for the time period, and the frenetic vocals do line up with the thrumming background energy.

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Rating: 6/10

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Hele wiki over dit plaatje gelezen omdat het me wel intrigeerde, maar echt heel goed wordt het nooit, hoewel dit wel echt als zeer vooruitstrevend werd gezien destijds.

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3

Art punk! Or punk art ...

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Sure. Sure.

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I am not familiar with this band but expected something more punky based on the cover. As it got going I thought this is fine. A little weird, not in the best way, I don't love it really, but fine. Then I got to Cheree and thought no, this actually not enjoyable to listen to. I wish I had given up after Girl. Suffering through that "song" just rewards you with Frankie. Jim Morrison's The End works for me this song absolutely does not. All of that said, I have to give Suicide stars for being unique and accomplishing something interesting. This music is not meritless, it just isn't for me.

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een paar coole geluiden, tof voor op de achtergrond

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This album is way ahead of its time, very interesting pulsating beats with otherworldly vocals. It's not as bad as some say, but it would be much better if it had a bit of variety. This is a solid 2.5 but I'll round it up due to their originality.

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It's easy to dismiss this today but I would have found this ground breaking in the late 70s. In the late 70s a friend gave me a tape of a  LA radio station program that introduced me to the song "Warm Letherette" which I never forgot. It was a minimalist synth-pop one hit wonder that had quite the cult following in the late '70s. It was so out there and so cool back then. I would have thought the same about Suicide; both bands were OG. If I knew Suicide in 1977, I would probably rate them higher.  But I didn't.

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Well this was interesting. I didn't mind it at first, and thought it was okay. Then, you guessed it, Frankie Teardrop happened. At first I was like, oh cool, a story about some dude, then the screaming happened and I was like, okay. That's enough. Then it kept happening and it got weird.

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Just kinda creepy sounding almost. Not a fan.

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2.5. it was pretty repetitive and while I liked the sound I got bored of it quickly

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Not my type of music

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It had to take a lot of drugs to come up with album but upon looking at the release date (1977) the sound is certainly ahead of its time and I can respect that.

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Didn't hate it as much as I thought I would... there was something kind of interesting about it. Still, wouldn't revisit.

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Wesley Willis found a new demo setting on his keyboard and collaborated with Jamie Stewart from Xiu Xiu on vocals. Both are artists I enjoy on their own, but would never want to hear a collaboration.

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This one had potential, but what ruined it for me was the constant harsh synth sounds on repeat and the sucky mix. You change those a bit and I think it’s actually pretty decent, aside from how painfully repetitive the music is. Favorite Track(s): “Che”

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Started strong. Some cool synth-y stuff. Got a little too modern art-y for me. Felt like I was in a cement gallery with urban street art that everyone understood and I didn't. Big no for the screams on 'Frankie Teardrop'

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Feel like it needs to grow on me

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Hmm. don't really know what to say, other than this is not for me. The screaming on track 6, "Frankie Teardrop", actually startled/frightened me. Musically was a bit of a mess in my opinion. It didn't make me consider suicide, but I wanted to kill the speakers. Cover art is pretty cool in a commie sort of way.

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Puedo soportar una canción; máximo dos.

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Probably the favourite band of all your favourite bands. They died a death at shows night after night so The Horrors don't have to, sorta like rock n' roll Jesus. Definitely an album I like more in theory than in practice though.

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Derivitive of Sexy Breakfast's early demos

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Grand, heard before

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Strange album, strange band. Most of this feels like it should be an intro to a song that never comes. It quietly does its thing without really disturbing anyone, until it starts screaming. I really don't like that, it's very jarring.

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2/5 nope, totally unrememberable

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Suicide must have been a shock in 1977. It's stylistically bold, eschewing then traditional instrumentation almost entirely, focusing on primitive drum machines and synths. It balances this aesthetic with song structures borrowed from 50s rock 'n roll and breathy vocals reminiscent of rockabilly legend Gene Vincent. This album no doubt influenced dozens of 80s synth based bands and industrial music as well. But is it any good? Well, there's no disputing the integrity of band's vision. The fullest expression of that vision is Frankie Teardrop, a ten minute wallow in despair. Alan Vegas heartrending screams are supported by Martin Rev's proto-industrial soundscapes. In spite of the simplicity of the track harmonically and melodically, it holds interest for the entire ten minutes based almost entirely on atmospherics. In the end though, for me, this album is more interesting to me as a forerunner of industrial music than as an artistic statement on its own. Why? Well, I don't like 50s rock 'n roll and I don't like primitive synths, so I'm not really the audience for this band. Still, Suicide has done a great job of realizing their singular artistic vision. One point for the music itself, one and a half points for execution.

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https://youtu.be/FveF-we6lcE

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Accessible, but repetitive 80s style synth with bleak vocals. Punk both synth pop?

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Holy Shit. The screams were pretty funny though.

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If you think that screaming and making weird noises is good music, then you'll like this.

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No thanks. Started fine but it wasn't for me half way through.

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Interesting electronic additions into the usual late 70's punk angst guitars and yelling. Unfortunately, it's a bit unrealized - you can see some future Muse, or NIN, but it's not quite there.

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Johnny, what are you doing?

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Minimalistic and stripped down approach to producing music makes it also not very interesting to my musical taste. Interesting that the song Frankie Teardrop inspired Bruce Springsteen and Marquee Moon - but I still have to rate it according my tastes and this never gets above a 2, especially after listening to Frankie Teardrop.

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About ten years ago, as a sixteen year old, I somehow stumbled upon "Frankie Teardrop" (probably through an arbitrary Google search of "most disturbing songs"). I wasn't ready for it then and I still wasn't today. It's the centrepiece of this dark, disturbing record, where we hear "Suicide" at their most animated: in screams to punctuate the deaths of Frankie's wife and six month old son. It's horrific, grotesque... and genuinely powerful. After blocking the song out of my mind for so long, I was not expecting it to resurface in a list of 1001 albums to hear before you die. The last two minutes, chronicling Frankie's descent into Hell as the background noise builds into a thunderstorm around an insistent pulsing bass drum, is probably what earned "Suicide" a place on the list. Everything up to this song succeeds just fine in creating an eerie, detached atmosphere, but comes off a bit slight in retrospect, knowing where the album peaks. "Ghost Rider"'s cold, bare, electronic fuzz soon becomes repetitive in the next few songs. Further in, "Cheree" takes delight in perverting a three chord pop-song, as "Johnny" does for 50s rockabilly, channelling them into a kind of subdued electro-punk. (I started to hear where Jesus and Mary Chain specifically might have got some ideas). By the time it got to "Che" mining a limited sonic palette that had been exhausted over the last half hour, I was ready for it all to end. "Frankie" is the obvious way to close this album and I'm not sure why they didn't go with it. The best thing I can say about this album is how ahead of its time it feels- I was stunned to read it was from 1977, and can imagine it must have felt otherworldly, at least noteworthy, to punk fans. In 2021, this feels almost quaint. Any bedroom musician with a drum machine and GarageBand could probably create these tracks to cold indifference (a comment on the wealth of tech readily available now as much as the quality of Suicide's music). As atmospheric, experimental and frightening as it may be, and as influential it may have been for noise-rock and industrial music, I don't know what would compel me to listen again. Rating based on very limited everyday appeal... and to save me coming back to this in twenty years after having forgotten "Frankie Teardrop" again.

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rock n roll

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Ikke lige mig

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After the first few tracks, I kinda dug this. I was like, "oh, it's the Violent Femmes but with keyboards instead of guitars" - but then it got real, real sketchy. The incessant grunting and screaming felt a bit lazy, lyrically. I'm never getting the 10 minutes I invested in "Frankie Teardrop" back.

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This sounds ground-breaking in its weirdness for the time. But I'm not really compelled to look further into that. The songs aren't timeless like the recent records on this list (XTC, Magazine, for instance). These guys really like to add distortion and tremolo to every instrument. I guess that's cool. Worked on "Crimson and Clover" so why not on every song. If the songs were better, I'd give this a 3. But its a two. Mostly due to the peers on the list. I might be discounting its influence. But David Bowie existed in 1977 too and I promise what he was doing was more interesting and weird.

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Was okay

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Depressing

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dark but a really monotonous nothing album

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meh... the 1 star was close, im feeling generous, here's 2 for this crap

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I thought this was interesting at first, but the whole thing started to get old by the middle of the album and by the end of Frankie Teardrop I was ready to turn it off. 2.5/5

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Feel like this was ahead of it’s time, but not very pleasant to my ears

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Very unique but not too appealing to me. 5-6/10

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I get excited when there’s an album I’ve never heard of and wanted to like this more than I actually did

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Okay, bit of a mess, maybe could see the appeal for someone who's into this sort of thing, but not for me.

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lame

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Lots of shouting and strange noises throughout. Had to stop listening halfway through Frankie Teardrop

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Innovador para su época, sin embargo después del primer tema se torna algo repetitivo.

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Came into this expecting not to like it, but was surprised by how well I liked the opening music. Then the vocals really lost me. I am pretty tolerant of this kind of minimalistic, repetitive electronica but not as a vehicle for this kind of combination of dopey lyrics and creepy singing (hitting its peak on both fronts in Girl, though the intermittent screeching in Frankie Teardrop was also next level irritating and nearly made me give up on it. The vocal equivalent of a punchable face.

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Напоминает The Doors, которые решили писать электронику. Но без харизмы Моррисона. Безусловно инновационно для своего времени, но не могу сказать, что сейчас повторяющиеся синтезаторные риффы и скудная лирика обязательны для прослушивания каждому.

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jesus christ what the fuck was that

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Never have liked Suicide. Not changed my opinion

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No, just no

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Feels like an album long build up to something that never comes. I like the build up, but I’m still waiting for the payoff.

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"I'm old enough to know when someone's acting like a total A-hole. And You know what? I bought another [Suicide] album and it SUCKS, it's just noise..." I credit Diablo Cody for this review.

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Un tanto experimental con toques más pop y algo de electrónica. No me ha parecido muy interesante

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This was alright the first few songs then it just annoying and gave me a headache

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Droney

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Not really my cup of tea

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Avante garde from the 70s. Just not for me

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Started off strong and ended up... Mediocre at best. Weird and experimental in a less offensive to the ears way than some others so far. Frankie teardrop was horrendous.

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Uuuuyyyy que Mello

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A very disconcerting experience. The album is dark and unsettling, with some particularly offputting tracks (mainly Frankie Teardrop, which features a very dark theme alongside odd-timed screams of varying intensity which may or may not quite be called "musical"). But even the more "joyful" tracks in the album like Rocket USA and Ghost Rider have a dark tone to them which makes this a very odd album to listen to. I believe it did a lot of what it set out to do, I just personally didn't enjoy much of it.

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Ehhh I guess I respect the experimentation must it's not really fun to listen to now

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meio palha na real

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Wat was dit nou toch weer?

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Nee, dit ging langs me heen.

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Had the makings of a 3, but went off the rails after “Johnny.” 2 + .5 for that sweet sweet Vox Continental sound.

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I was vibing with this until the orgasm song, which killed my enthusiasm to the point that by the time the 10-minute child murder fantasy happened, I was already done. A shame, because there were a couple of decent tracks here. Best track: Cheree

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So I would describe this album as repeated primitive electronic phrases with some ranting and yelping over them. It's interesting enough, and I get why its creativity is celebrated, but I did not enjoy it, especially "Frankie's Teardrop" which was absolutely distressing music to paint a bedroom to.

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это очень странно, хватило на один раз

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Don't really like it. Starts weird, gets weirder...

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Profoundly unlike anything else at the time, and for that Suicide should be commended. But the droning melodies and disturbing lyrics definitely make this a niche album.

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Het begin vond ik leuk maar daarna, downhill.

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1977 is early for putting out an "electronic punk" album so without doubt they were pioneers, but the music is so minimal plus I've always had a low tolerance for Allan Vega's voice and old time rock n' roll delivery. Frankie Teardrop has landed on my plate a few times over the years and I've never made it past the first screams.

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I guess its an album?

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like it with the exception of the song where they scream, it totally kills the album for me

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feels like art-punk, eh

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Worthless fucking garbage.

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1977. Key Songs: Cheree

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Garbage. The name fits.

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did not enjoy this album

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0.5 terrible

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meh

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It's unlikely that I will be listening to this ever again, much less once a year.

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Never heard of this band. Probably because I'm not into electro-punk. I can see how this influenced bands, but this reminds me of when Danny gets stoned and messes around with a keyboard. Danny's electro song is called "Cristal Ship" and I have it on my iTunes if anyone wants to listen. It's trash. Just like this album.

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This sucks

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I kept waiting for this album to break open and it never did. I wanted to like it more than I did. I suppose if I was laying on my childhood bedroom floor listening to the album through headphones while dosing I would have connected with it. Soberly listening to it in my office, it was a bit repetitive and monotonous. Frankie is annoying. Good riddance.

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Wow, this just sounds really really bad. I can understand how it might have been very original at it's time and how it may have influenced a lot of later, better music. But this just sounds atrocious.

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false

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No puedes simplemente poner loops y hablar por encima y llamarlo música. ¿o sí?

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I don't care if it's supposed to be disgusting, it's still disgusting.

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No

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Hat garbage.

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