Brutal. Released in 1980, Suicide's second album predicted an entire decade, etc. When you are listening to it, imagine for a moment that it came out in 1981 rather than 1980. It is not difficult to envision the music video for "Fast Money Music" (or whatever), and I imagine that Suicide is much more popular in a world where their producer is a rock star and they are being heavily promoted by MTV.
It just goes to show that sometimes, no matter how good you are or who you know, you can't dictate good taste.
But what sort of world is it where Suicide is a part of popular culture? What would their third album have sounded like in that world?
Although Ric Ocasek cleaned up their sound, I would suggest that what he really did was get them to better channel their violence. Only a band called Suicide could manage to alienate their own fans.
Dream Baby Dream b/w Radiation is like a message in a bottle. I'm so glad they put it somewhere safe where I could find it, so now I can share it with you.
I am really feeling this right now. I've been listening to it daily.
Ladies and gentlemen, for your listening pleasure, Suicide.
Dream Baby Dream b/w Radiation (Ze/Island)
Alan Vega/Martin Rev: Suicide (Ze/Antilles)
1. Diamonds, Fur Coat, Champagne
2. Mr. Ray (To Howard T.)
4. Fast Money Music
5. Touch Me
7. Be Bop Kid
8. Las Vegas Man